Respiratory Therapy

Program Admissions

Application deadline: May 1st

The 2020-2021 application packet is available here for your reference.

Submit applications to/for more information contact:

Rachel Stewart, Health Science Advisor
Dixie State University
Human Performance Center, #321
225 S. University Avenue
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-652-7695

Please Note

  • Late applications will be accepted, but will be reviewed only if the on-time applicants do not meet selection criteria. Students who will be able to complete all prerequisites by the end of the summer 2020 are eligible to apply for the class beginning in the fall of 2020.
  • Everything one needs to know about applying to DSU can be found here.
  • Requirements to apply to the Respiratory Therapy program and course prerequisites can be found here.

Program Admissions Policy

The Respiratory Therapy program has established a selection system that is intended to facilitate admitting students who will successfully complete the program curriculum and become competent therapists who meet employer expectations.

Selection criteria for the program have been formulated with the input and advice of the program Advisory Committee. Criteria include: cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, previous healthcare experience, program application essay, and interview by the Selection Committee.

Program selection decisions are based on the cumulative scores achieved by applicants and are applied without regard to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, creed, age, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or gender.

  1. Applications are received by the Academic Advisor and logged by the date of submission of application.
  2. Applications are reviewed for completeness by the Academic Advisor; incomplete or late applications are not sent forward for selection at this point.
  3. Cumulative and prerequisite GPA scoring are completed by the Academic Advisor and applications are then reviewed by the Program Director and Director of Clinical Education.
  4. Academic Advisor contacts each eligible applicant to establish the date and time of the applicant’s Selection Committee interview.
  5. The Selection Committee interviews each candidate and each member independently scores the candidate according to the grading rubric established for each interview question.
  6. Interview scores are averaged for each candidate.
  7. Overall scores are tabulated and numerically ranked.
  8. Selection Committee reviews the final rankings and assures that no mathematical errors or omissions have occurred.
  9. The top scoring group of students are accepted into the program, based on the class size as determined by the Advisory Committee and the university (12-16 students is the usual class size).
  10. The next four students are designated as alternates, to be accepted into the program in the event that previously accepted students vacate their positions in the program.


In the event that a fully qualified class cannot be accepted according to the above criteria, late or incomplete applications may then be reviewed for possible inclusion in the class selection.


Debbie Forbush

Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4961

Office: Taylor 255

Rachel Stewart



Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: Human Performance Center #321

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207

Respiratory Therapy Program

Office: Dixie State University
225 S. University Avenue
St. George, UT 84770