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 Semester Summer 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 Semester Spring 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.


Prerequisite courses may still be in progress when you submit your application. However, your application will not be considered complete and therefore no acceptance/denial will be determined until after the grades for the prerequisite courses have been posted. Your final grades will be assessed at the end of the semester and your acceptance into the program will be based on your grades being high enough to meet the program’s selection requirements.

The following courses and labs (or equivalent transfer credit, AP or CLEP) must be completed prior to the  start date of 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. BIOL 2320/2325 & CHEM 1110 must have been completed within seven years of the start of the program. 

Course Number Course Description Credit Hours
ENGL 1010* Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1010**, 1030 or higher  Integrated Algebra  4
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication 3
BIOL 2320 & 2325*** Human Anatomy & Anatomy Lab 4
CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry 4
RESP 1010**** Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 2
Total Credits 20

The following courses are no longer program prerequisites.  If you have taken them, please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss how courses may be applied toward degree completion.

  • COMM 1010 Elements of Effective Communication (Will no longer be required as prerequisite, but may be an approved substitution.)
  • CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry (Will no longer be required as prerequisite.)

*APA Referencing section highly suggested.

**MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate placement score into MATH 1050 is a prerequisite to CHEM 1110.

***BIOL 1610 & 1615 are not required for transfer students who have previously completed Human Anatomy w/ Lab or Human Physiology w/Lab with a “C” grade, or better. If you are taking BIOL 2320 & 2325 and/or BIOL 2420 & 2425 at SLCC, you must take BIOL 1610 & 1615 first.

****Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (RESP 1010) will be available beginning Summer 2019.



  • It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their transfer credit has been fully transferred to SLCC prior to the program's application deadlines.
  • If a student has courses they are transferring from another school, their transcripts must be evaluated by the SLCC Transfer Evaluation Office and their grades must be posted to SLCC DegreeWorks (their MySLCC account), before the program’s application deadline (priority and final application deadlines apply). IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS FOR TRANSCRIPTS TO BE EVALUATED.
  • Students should declare their major as Pre-Medical & Health Sciences and specify which Health Sciences program they will be applying to when they submit their transfer evaluation request. If the correct information is not submitted within the transfer evaluation request, courses applicable to the program may not be transferred to SLCC. 


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 70%.
  • 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

Background Check and Compliance Package

Beginning Fall 2019, purchasing a Complio account/Background check and fulfilling the immunization/CPR requirements, will no longer be required for admission purposes.  If you are accepted into the program, you will need to purchase both the Compliance Package account and the Criminal Background Check AND begin working towards fulfilling all of the immunization/CPR requirements as soon as possible.  **The Hepatitis B immunization requirements can take 6 months or longer to complete.

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.

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.


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. (You may be required by a clinical site to have the influenza vaccination).
  2. Tuberculosis Skin or Blood Test: Required Annually
    Proof of a negative 2-step PPD or QuantiFERON TB Gold test or T-SPOT.TB; if positive or you have had a past positive test, you 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. If you choose to do a PPD please know that the PPD is a 2-step test, the 1st step must be done no sooner than the dates specified in Complio and the 2nd step is required within 1 - 3 weeks after the 1st step is read. Results are good for 1 year. (Please note that a 2 step PPD test requires 4 office visits, 1. Test is administered 2. Test is read 3. 2nd test is administered 4. Test is read.) The annual TB test would be a 1-step PPD, QuantiFERON or T-SPOT.
  3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Booster:
    Tdap booster is good for 10 years. TD will be given subsequent to Tdap.
  4. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):
    Proof of two doses or positive titer (blood draw) on all three. Equivocal results are not acceptable; you must test in the positive range if you choose to do a titer. 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):
    Proof of two doses or a positive titer (blood draw). Stating you had the disease is not acceptable. Varicella immunizations are expensive, if you 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:
    You must provide proof of a Hep B titer (blood draw) with a positive (reactive) result. If your titer is negative (non-reactive) or equivocal you will need to reinitiate the three shot series and provide proof of that series and a repeat titer. The series of shots can take up to 6 months so please plan ahead so this does not delay or jeopardize your admissions and clinical placement.
  7. Hepatitis A vaccination series: Highly recommended but not required.
    Proof of a two dose series or a positive titer. If you start the series, you 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.

Changes based on CDC recommendations, see below links:

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.


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.


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

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).