Respiratory Therapy Admissions

Respiratory Therapy Admissions

Admission Requirements

Admission to the respiratory therapy program is based upon academic performance in both general education and specific program prerequisite courses, in addition to other selection criteria, including:

  • Submission of a complete Program Application on or before the deadline [May 1st]
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • Completion of specified program prerequisite courses (listed below) with a grade of “C” or better
  • Individual interview with the Respiratory Therapy Program Selection Committee

Additional factors that will be taken into consideration for program admission include previous health care experience and weighted GPA in specific prerequisite courses. A criminal background check and selected immunizations will be required upon acceptance to the program; please refer to the Program Application for specific immunization and fee information.

Pre-Requisite Course Requirements for Acceptance Into Respiratory Therapy Program

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
BIOL 2420/2425* Human Physiology & Lab 4
PSY 1010 or 1100** General Psychology 3
MATH 1030/1040/1050 Math course to satisfy QL requirement 3-4
CHEM 1010 or 1110/1115*** Introduction to Chemistry 3-5

* Physiology must be completed within 7 years of application.

** In order to complete a bachelors degree at Boise State University, PSY 1010 is required. Boise State University also requires SOC 1010 or 1020 (Intro to Sociology).

*** For DSU, either chemistry course listed is acceptable; it is not necessary to complete a chemistry lab. However, in order to complete a bachelors degree at Boise State University, the chemistry lab (CHEM 1115) is required as well as CHEM 1110 (they do not need to be taken simultaneously).


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 that 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.


  • Applications are received by the Academic Advisor and logged by the date of submission of Application.
  • Applications are reviewed for completeness by the Academic Advisor, incomplete or late applications are not sent forward for selection at this point.
  • 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.
  • Academic Advisor contacts each eligible applicant to establish the date and time of the applicant’s Selection Committee interview.
  • The Selection Committee interviews each candidate utilizing the Program Selection Interview and each member independently scores the candidate according to the grading rubric established for each interview question.
  • Interview scores are averaged for each candidate and entered on the Student Selection Data Sheet.
  • Overall scores are tabulated and the field is numerically ranked on a spread sheet.
  • Selection Committee reviews the final rankings and assures that no mathematical errors or omissions have occurred.
  • The top scoring group of students are accepted into the Program based on the class size determined by the Advisory Committee and the College (12-16 students is the usual class size).
  • 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.