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Respiratory Therapy Prerequisites

What to do before applying to TCC's Respiratory Therapy Program. 

Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program is a competitive process. Generally, there are more applicants to the program than available positions. Therefore, if a student takes all of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses and meets the other requirements for a completed application, it does not guarantee that student admission to the program.


The following classes must be taken before applying to the Respiratory Therapy program. Courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.  It is strongly recommended math and science courses are completed within the last 5-7 years.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
BIOL& 241 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 5
BIOL& 242 Anatomy and Physiology II 5
PSYC& 100 OR PSYC& 200 General Psychology or Lifespan Psychology 5
HIT 130 Medical Terminology - or equivalent medical terminology course 3


Co-requisites may be taken before you apply to the Respiratory Therapy program, or they may be taken while you are in the program.

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Communications (choose one of the following): 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication  
CMST 110 Multicultural Communication   
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication  
CMST& 220 Public Speaking  
  Basic Computer Course (choose one of the following): 1-5
CU 102 Word 1  
CU 103 Excel 1  
CU 104 Powerpoint  
CU 105 Word I, Excel I  

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Greg Carter, Program Chair

Kellee Rickerl, Clinical Education Director