Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It is never too early to meet with the Respiratory Therapy Academic Advisor to review your transcripts and then you may apply for admission to the program. Completing the application and gathering additional information from the check list will take time, so plan accordingly. Studying in preparation to take the preadmission HESI exam should begin in October. It is recommended to schedule the HESI exam beginning in November, which will allow for ample time for remediation in the event a repeat is necessary. The HESI exam study guide can be purchased in the SLCC bookstore or online.

Based on the pool of applicants in a given year, the Respiratory Therapy program uses a defined point system to rank order candidates from highest to lowest until all seats are filled.

Go to Admissions for information about the admission process for the Respiratory Therapy program (RESP THRPY).

Students may view the application deadline and admission process by visiting Health Sciences Admission website

Typically admission into the program application is open June 1st - September 30th for classes beginning in January. Pre-requisite courses can be in progress when submitting an application. No applications submitted after the deadline date will be considered.

Applicants who have been granted admission into the program will receive an email acceptance in their SLCC bruin mail account. The candidate is given two weeks to confirm their attendance. In the event that additional seats become available, the next ranked candidate will be offered a seat until all seats are filled.

Respiratory therapists provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Therapists get to know their patients, and their patients' families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there. For example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.

Respiratory Therapists work in intensive units, emergency rooms, and in new-born pediatric units to provide life-saving treatment and interventions.

If you enjoy communicating and working with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and special needs populations as a vital member of the Respiratory team, then Respiratory Therapy may be the career for you. As a professional health care provider, the Respiratory Therapist plays an important role in helping patients maintain optimal pulmonary health as it relates to patients' total well-being.

Spring SemesterSummer Semester
RESP 1100 Intro to Respiratory Therapy & Med Term 3 RESP 1200 Respiratory Care Pharmacology 3
RESP 1110 Cardiopulmonary Structure & Function 3 RESP 1210 Cardiopulmonary Injuries & Disorders 3
RESP 1120 Cardiopulmonary Infections & Disease


RESP 1220 Respiratory Care Therapeutics II 3
RESP 1130 Respiratory Care Therapeutics I


RESP 1225 Therapeutics II Lab Practical 2
RESP 1135 Therapeutics I Lab Practical 2 RESP 1230 Clinical Practice I 4
Total 14 Total 15
Fall SemesterSpring Semester
RESP 2300 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics


RESP 2410 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RESP 2310 Mechanical Ventilation 3 RESP 2415 Pediatric & Neonatal Care Lab Practical 2
RESP 2315 Adult Mechanical Ventilation Lab Practice 2 RESP 2420 Comprehensive Review 1
RESP 2320 Critical Care/ACLS 2 RESP 2430 Clinical Practice III 5
RESP 2330 Clinical Practice II 4    
Total 14 Total 10

The program is taught on evenings and week-ends designed for students to maintain employment while continuing their education. No online classes. Monday thru Friday 5 pm to 10 pm and Saturday 8 am to 5 pm.

When clinical rotations begin, students must be prepared to do their rotations on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday during morning or evening shifts.

Students progressing into their clinical rotation are required to shadow a respiratory therapist for 800 hours to be qualified to sit for the state and national exam.

The Respiratory Therapy program requires a full-time commitment with attendance expected 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, 5:00 pm to 10 pm and clinical rotations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are assignments and readings required for each course. There are no classes offered online.

The program will take 4 semesters (spring, summer, fall, spring) plus one to two semesters for prerequisite courses.

Upon graduation, students may use the statewide Utah transfer agreement to attend any of Utah’s four-year colleges to earn a Bachelor’s degree.

Prerequisites for Program Admissions
*ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3
**MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 1010 Integrated Algebra or 1050 or higher 3-4
CHEM 1010 Intro to ChemistryCHEM 1010 Intro to Chemistry 3
COMM 1010 Elem of Effect Communication 3
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication 3
Total 15-16

* Students are encouraged to take an ENGL 1010 section that teaches APA referencing.

** 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.

An Academic Advisor will be happy to discuss the application process and answer any questions you may have. It is highly recommended that applicants call (801) 957-6215 to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment with a Financial Advisor, please call (801) 957 – 4410 or (801) 957-2683. The admissions office can be reached at 801-957-6253 or

24 students are admitted each year and it is very competitive.

Accepted students are required to complete current CPR Certification from American Heart Association BLS Health Care Providers and will undergo drug screening. More information is available on the Admissions webpage.

The majority of the clinical experiences take place at the various hospitals and clinics where students will gain their hands on clinical experience. There will be travel involved, typically in the Salt Lake valley area.

The program requires 800 hours of clinic shadowing a licensed Respiratory Therapist. Yes the program does provide opportunities for patient interaction.

Completion of all prerequisite general education courses and Respiratory Therapy coursework. The completion of all clinical requirements including clinical hours.

The Respiratory Therapy Program, 200630, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Salt Lake Community College Jordan Campus holds provisional accreditation from the Commission Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Candidates for licensure must be graduates of an accredited Respiratory Therapy program, have successfully completed the NBRC CRTT exam. Candidates must also complete the application process from the Department of Professional Licensing (DOPL), hold a current CPR certification, and submit all board scores and official college transcripts.

Approximate total expenses is $13,000. This does not include prerequisite courses. Additional fees may be charged for books, uniforms, immunizations, testing, etc.

Additional Information

  • Acceptance or completion of the program does not guarantee licensure as a Respiratory Therapist. Upon successful program completion, students are eligible to take required national and regional board exams to obtain professional licensure from the state in which they intend to seek employment.

  • The nature of a Respiratory Therapist practice requires prolonged standing, and repetitive arm and wrist movements for 12 hour shifts (nights and week-ends).