Admissions

Applications for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program are only accepted during open submission periods. Please see the School of Health Sciences Application Submission Dates for current submission dates.

The Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy will offer the study of theory and techniques instrumental in diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. It will prepare the students to become a well-rounded professional and competent advanced respiratory therapist. The graduate will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist and the advanced level respiratory care practitioner examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Successful completion of the program can lead to employment as a respiratory therapist in hospitals, clinics or home settings or branch off into research, sales, education or other career opportunities.

Criminal Background Checks are required for admissions. You assume the risk if your criminal background check is not clear. If you do not pass the background check, you may not be accepted into the program, which may result in withdrawal from the program after the tuition refund deadline has passed.

It is strongly recommended that prospective Respiratory Therapy students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged or sealed from your record if possible.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 801-957-6253.

All communication will be through your Bruinmail. If you are not checking it (or haven't forwarded it to your personal email) you may miss important information. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information.

Salt Lake Community College is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, Salt Lake Community College can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.

The Respiratory Therapy program is an evening program
Hours - Mon - Fri 5 - 10 pm and Sat 8 am - 5 pm


Apply for admission at SLCC as a matriculated student (if you have not attended SLCC within the last three years). Declare your major as Pre-Health Science. Meet early with a program Academic Advisor to make sure you’re on track to complete all program prerequisites and submission requirements before applying to the Respiratory Therapy program.

Courses

The following courses and labs (or equivalent transfer credit, AP or CLEP) must be completed prior to submitting an application to the Respiratory Therapy program. Each course and lab must be completed, with a C grade or better. Courses that have not been completed with a C grade or better will not be considered.

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredit Hours
CHEM 1010 Intro to Chemistry (PS) 3
ENGL 1010* Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1010** or higher Integrated Algebra (QS) 4
COMM 1010 Elements of Eff. Comm. (CM,IN) 3
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Comm.(ID,HR) 3
Total Credits 16

*APA Referencing section highly suggested.

**MATH 1030 STRONGLY SUGGESTED. MATH 1010 accepted. Students no longer need to take MATH 1010 as a pre-requisite to MATH 1030. Students are encouraged to NOT do MATH 1010 if they have not already taken it unless they are planning on doing MATH 1050.
***Students may receive extra points on their admissions criteria score sheet for additional courses completed such as; Medical Terminology, & Human Anatomy & Physiology.

If planning on transferring to a Bachelor's degree program, be prepared to take additional courses in Life Sciences (BIOL 1610, lab 1615, BIOL 2320, lab 2325, BIOL 2420, lab 2425). There may also be additional Math requirements for a BS degree.

The following are also required as part of the application process

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Official high school transcripts or GED certificate showing date of graduation or completion
  • Completion of specified program prerequisites courses with a grade of "C" or better
  • Complete the application packet
  • Official college transcripts
  • Submit program application packet to the Health Sciences Admissions office prior to the application deadline

*Note: Students enrolled in prerequisite courses in current semester are eligible to apply to the Respiratory Therapy program, provided they can demonstrate a course grade of "C" or better. However, admission cannot be granted until all requirements are complete. Students are also advised to carefully prepare their application, giving special attention to content and format.

Take The HESI Health Sciences Pre-Admission Exam

Tests must be scheduled at least one week in advance. You must pass with a minimum benchmark score of 75% in all areas of assessment, except for the critical thinking section, which requires a minimum score of 80%.

To raise your score, you may retake the exam up to three times (with the exception of the critical thinking module, which may only be taken twice) after a two week remediation period.

You are allowed to take the exam up to three times within a two year period, except for the critical thinking section which may only be taken twice in a two year period. HESI scores are valid for two years.

Schedule HESI Exam


Interview

Students that meet all of the minimum admission requirements listed above will be scheduled for an interview with the program admission committee. Students that complete this interview will be considered for admission to the program. Please note that admission is highly competitive and that not all students who are interviewed will be admitted. Students are advised to prepare for the interview, to arrive early, and to dress appropriately for a professional interview.

BACKGROUND CHECK AND COMPLIANCE PACKAGE

To order a Criminal Background Check Package and a Compliance Package (which includes immunization and CPR tracking):

  1. Go to Complio
  2. Follow the instructions to set up an account.
  3. Order the Criminal Background Check Package ($29.00) and the Compliance Package ($15.00). The compliance package is a 12-month subscription that will need to be renewed every 12 months that you are in the program at a cost of $15.00.

Drug Screening

Do not order the Drug Screening Package at this time. We will notify you at a later date to purchase a Drug Screening Package. If you go ahead and order it at this time, SLCC will not reimburse you and you will have to order and pay for it again at a later date.

The Immunization and CPR Compliance Package must be completed with documentation submitted to the American DataBank Complio site within the deadline dates indicated in the package.

You assume the risk if your criminal background check is not clear. If you do not pass the background check, you may not be accepted into the program, which may result in withdrawal from the program after the tuition refund deadline has passed.

It is strongly recommended that prospective Respiratory Therapy students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged or sealed from your record if possible.

Immunizations

In your Compliance Package, you must provide proof of the following immunizations:

  1. Annual Influenza Vaccination:
    Generally given September-February. Students must provide proof of the Influenza vaccination or submit a signed declination.
  2. Tuberculosis Skin or Blood Test: Required Annually
    Proof of a negative two-step PPD or QuantiFERON TB Gold test or T-SPOT.TB; if positive or past positive test, student must submit a negative chest x-ray. This requirement also includes international students who have had the BCG immunization. X-ray results are good for one year.
  3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Booster:
    Tdap booster is good for 10 years. TD will be given subsequent to Tdap. If it has been more than 1 1/2 years since receiving TD, the student must have their tetanus updated with a Tdap.
  4. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):
    Two doses are needed with booster as an adult or positive titer on all three. Equivocal results are not acceptable; students must test in the positive range. NOTE: If given to adult females, since this is a live virus, you cannot be pregnant at the time you receive the immunization and you must avoid pregnancy for 3 months after administration.
  5. Varicella (Chicken Pox):
    Two immunizations or proof of positive titer. Stating you had the disease is not acceptable. Varicella immunizations are expensive, if a student had the disease it is recommended to start with a less expensive titer first for proof of immunity before starting the immunizations.
  6. Hepatitis B vaccination series:
    Students must provide proof of a 3 traditional Hep B dose series and a positive titer. The first two doses must be completed prior to applying to the program or proof of positive immunity (titer). The entire series must be completed before starting the program and a Hep B titer that proves immunity. (It is possible that you will have to repeat the three dose series if your titer is negative. Please plan ahead so this does not delay or jeopardize your clinical placement)
  7. Hepatitis A vaccination series: Highly recommended but not required.
    Two dose series or a positive titer. If a student starts the series, they must complete it.

The SLCC Center for Health and Counseling offers immunizations at a discounted rate for students who are low income. For a discounted rate, take your previous income tax return or your last 30 days pay stubs. Some clinical facilities may require additional immunizations.

All immunization information is subject to change. Please contact us at 801-957-6253 if you have questions.

CPR Certification

Only American Heart Association Two-Year BLS Providers will be accepted. Must be kept current throughout the program.

BLS Provider

The new BLS Course replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS HCP) and BLS for Prehospital Providers (BLS PHP) courses. The BLS Course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in- and out-of-hospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques. Provider cards are available exclusively to authorized TCs for issuance in accordance with the AKA policy.

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Quality Control Checkpoints

  • issue date beginning February 16, 2016
  • Valid until further notice
  • Renewal date 2 years from month of issue

BLS Healthcare Provider

The BLS for Healthcare providers and BLS for Prehospital Providers Courses have been replaced by the 2016 BLS Course.

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Quality Control Checkpoints

  • Issue date beginning March 23, 2011
  • Valid until April 16, 2018
  • Not valid for issue after April 16, 2016, and is superseded by card 15-1805
  • Renewal date 2 years from month of issue
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Interview

After verification of completed requirements and prerequisites, the top scorers will be asked to sit for a formal interview.

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program via your Bruinmail account. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information. You will receive further instructions regarding your student orientation as well as a random drug screening.

Do not order the Drug Screening Package at this time. We will notify you at a later date to purchase a Drug Screening Package. If you go ahead and order it at this time, SLCC will not reimburse you and you will have to order and pay for it again at a later date.

If you do not receive a confirmation email receipt of your application within 7 days please contact HS Admission Office at 801-957-6253.