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Respiratory Therapy Admission Policies and Procedures

Each step must be completed before proceeding to the next step. Admission into health science programs is competitive and is based on a points-based ranking system. The number of students accepted into the program is determined by clinical space available and may therefore vary each term.


Step I Application to ECC

  1. Applicants must first submit an Application to the College. Respiratory Therapy should be checked as the desired Program of Study.
  2. Official transcripts of high school graduation or equivalency and all post-secondary coursework must be submitted before the student is fully admitted to ECC. (Currently enrolled high school students are to submit a partial transcript at time of application. A final transcript must be submitted at the time of graduation.)
  3. Students must complete requirements for ENG 090 and RED 090 or an equivalent course with a C or better or achieve a placement score of 80 for Reading and 86 for Writing on the Accuplacer.
  4. Students must complete requirements for Math 060 and Math 070 or anequivalent course with a C or better or achieve a placement score of 55 on the Numerical Accuplacer and a 55 on the Elementary Algebra Accuplacer.

Step II Application to the Respiratory Therapy Program

  1. Applicants must attend a Respiratory Therapy Information Session and complete the Health Science Program Application available at the session by March 1st to be considered for fall admission. Subsequent dates for acceptance of applications to the program will be established if space becomes available prior to fall admission.

Step III Permission to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Health (TEAS-AH)

  1. Applicants who have completed Step I and II will receive a letter of permission to take the TEAS-AH. Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score which is set by the program annually to proceed to Step IV. Applicants will be allowed to take the test up to twice in one year with a 30 day waiting period between tests. The highest score will be counted. Test scores will be valid for two years. Students will be required to pay $25.00 for each test and must present a picture ID at the testing session.

Step IV Acceptance

  1. Studentls with at least a 2.0 GPA on Respiratory Therapy-related coursework that has been completed through fall semester will earn ranking points based on the following:
    1. TEAS-AH composite percentage score.
    2. GPA on a minimum of 12 hours of required course work in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum.
    3. GPA on completed biology courses
    4. Evidence of the higher of a completed degree or diploma.
    5. Evidence of current health-related certifications. (Must submit proof by March 1st).
    6. Evidence of employment in a healthcare setting for a minimum of 6 months. (Must submit proof by March 1st).
  2. Applicants with the highest ranking points will receive a Letter of Acceptance with an enclosed medical form. The number of students accepted is based on the number of seats approved by the accrediting body and can be affected by clinical space available. The student must accept or reject the seat in writing to the Admissions Counselor.
  3. Applicants who are not selected initially will receive a letter indicating their placement on the waiting list. Students will continue to be accepted from the waiting list until program seats are filled.

Registration Requirements for Clinical Courses

Students who accept a Respiratory Therapy seat must meet the following require¬ments by the date provided in order to register for class. Failure to meet deadlines will result in withdrawal of acceptance status and placement on the waiting list.

  1. Submit completed medical form. The physical exam section of the form must be dated within a time frame of 6 months prior to the first day of fall semester classes.
  2. Complete the criminal background check and drug screening process as directed.
  3. The student must have at least an overall 2.0 GPA by the end of summer semester prior to registering in fall classes.

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