Respiratory Therapy Admission Guidelines

Flanagan Campus


Minimum requirements to apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program:

  1. CCRI application - Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be first choice; RESP should be second choice.
  2. High school transcript - Send an official copy of an accredited high school transcript or GED, including date of graduation must be provided. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university, the high school transcript may be waived; college transcript must indicate completion and degree awarded.
  3. Placement testing - Complete a standardized test (ACCUPLACER) issued by CCRI’s Department of Advising and Counseling. Students may NOT retake the ACCUPLACER test before completing the remedial course/courses.
  4. Reading comprehension test must show competency of 80 or above or students must complete ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of “B-” or better.
  5. Complete courses required for admission with a grade of “C” or better:
    ENGL 1010: Composition I (ENGL 1300 will not substitute for ENGL 1010)
    MATH 1420: Introduction to College Math (MATH 1430, MATH 1200, and MATH 1700 also meet this requirement.)
    RESP 1000: Current Health Care Concepts
    BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy
    CHEM 1010: Survey of Biomedical Chemistry (CHEM 1180: Health Science Chemistry I or CHEM 1030: General Chemistry also meet this requirement.)
  6. GPA - A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college courses.
  7. PBHS Health Sciences application - Complete and submit an online Performance-Based Health Sciences application during the open enrollment period. Deadlines are listed on the form. (

All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Sciences application and does not guarantee acceptance. Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester offered must resubmit a Performance-Based Health Sciences application for the program and meet the current admission requirements. Once accepted into the program, the student must attend a mandatory meeting conducted by the Allied Health Department.

Background Check - Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification from Enrollment Services.

Policies for the Respiratory Therapy Program after acceptance:

  • Applicants must have a physical examination and the required immunizations completed prior to the beginning of the Respiratory Therapy program.
  • Students also must have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider level) obtained through an AHA recognized community training center (Course is also available at CCRI – HEAL 0200).

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.

For more information: or contact the Office of Enrollment Services:

Susan Barrett, Warwick Campus: 401-825-2084,

If more specific information is needed, contact Amy Chaves, Respiratory Therapy Program Director, 401-333-7024, or

RESP Program Admission Criteria Point System

The performance-based acceptance process is based on the performance indicators identified for the Respiratory Therapy Program. A point system, based on the admissions guidelines, has been assigned to the performance criteria.

The criteria for the incoming Fall 2017 class will include:

  • Grades in BIOL 1010, CHEM 1010 and MATH 1420 (prerequisite admission courses)
  • Number of required general education courses completed
  • Reading score/degree completion
  • Tie-breaker points: grades in general education courses
  1. Grades in the following prerequisite admission courses using the following scale:
    • A = 40 points
    • A- = 35 points
    • B+ = 30 points
    • B = 25 points
    • B- = 20 points
    • C+ = 15 points
    • C = 10 points

    Grade in BIOL 1010 Maximum: 40
    Grade in CHEM 1010 or 1030 or 1180 Maximum: 40
    Grade in MATH 1420 (1430, 1200, 1700) Maximum: 40

    Maximum points = 120
  2. Number of general education courses completed:

    BIOL 1020 = 10 points
    BIOL 2210 = 10 points
    PSYC 2010 = 10 points

    Maximum points = 30
  3. ACCUPLACER reading score/degree completion: (ACCUPLACER test may be taken no more than three times)

    ACCUPLACER score of 90 or better = 5
    A bachelor's degree = 5

    Maximum points = 5
Maximum Total Points.................................. 155 Points

Tie breaker:

In the event of a tie in the performance rating, students who are tied and have completed BIOL 1020 will receive preference over those who have not. In the event of a tie, grades for the required general education courses that are completed will also be considered. Students will receive points for grades in these courses using the scale used for the prerequisite admission courses.

Grade in ENGL 1010 Maximum 40
Grade in BIOL 1010 Maximum 40
Grade in BIOL 2210 Maximum 40
Grade in PSYC 2010 Maximum 40

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of “B”.

***A student with a baccalaureate degree or higher may still be required to complete an ACCUPLACER Test depending on the prerequisites for individual general education courses.***

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions, and note that a Social Security number may be required to begin the licensing process for the health professions.

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Last Updated: 11/27/17