Admission Decisions are Based on These Factors:
Academic achievement: cumulative GPA and grades in mathematics and science prerequisite courses.
Quality of the application, including personal statement and experience record.
Personal interview focused on knowledge of the respiratory care field, academic & career goals, and communication skills.
For collegiate applicants, academic achievement is the overall college point hour ratio and grades earned in the prerequisite science and mathematics courses.
The minimum GPA for all programs in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is 2.50.
The prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C- or better and the science/math grade point average should be at least 2.50.
All grades from all courses taken at accredited post-secondary institutions are considered in computing the overall college point hour ratio.
Students who have discontinued their college enrollment for a period of five years or more may quality for a recalculation of cumulative point hour ratio for admission purposes. Contact the HRS Student Services Office at HRSstudentaffairs@osumc.edu for details.
How It Works:
The maximum class size is 22. When more students apply than can be accommodated in a class, admission is competitive and on a space-available basis. Students admitted to all HRS undergraduate programs are required to have a minimum cumulative point hour ratio of 2.50. However, the minimum cumulative point hour ratio of the most recently admitted RT class was 2.88. See Admission Statistics.
Respiratory Therapy Dates & Deadlines for 2020-2021
Courses in the Respiratory Therapy major start Autumn semester year 3, at the junior level. See RT Curriculum for details.
There will be one application deadline for 2020-2021.
We usually admit students at the sophomore level after they have completed their freshman year. The freshman and sophomore years are considered pre-professional.
We also admit students at the junior level, if vacancies are in a class.
Due to the quarter to semester conversion, flexibility of prerequisite requirements and special consideration will be considered.
Sophomore-Level Admission for AU 2021
This is the most popular admission option.
If you apply before February 15, 2021 and you plan to complete the prerequisites for admission by the end of Spring semester 2021, you will be considered for admission to RT for Autumn 2021 at sophomore level.
Your admission decision may wait until you complete the prerequisites for admission.
During your sophomore year you would complete the prerequisites to start RT.
You would start the RT major courses Autumn 2022, if you complete ALL prerequisite courses before Autumn 2021.
Your projected graduation would be May 2024.
Junior-Level Admission for AU 2021
This option is available, but limited to the number of vacancies in the class. Contact RT@OSU.edu for space availability.
If you apply before February 15, 2021 and you plan to complete ALL prerequisites by the end of Spring semester 2021, you will be considered for junior-level admission to RT for Autumn 2021.
If admitted for junior level Autumn 2021, you would start the RT major courses Autumn 2021. Your projected graduation would be May 2023.
Majoring in RT requires an application
Application forms are available online. See Application Instructions. The online application now includes the personal statement, experience record, and projected course schedule. For OSU students, academic records are automatically forwarded with the application.
Online applications available September 1
Next Application Deadline is February 15, 2021
There will be one application deadline for 2021 for both sophomore and junior-level admissions. Some students may be admitted one to two years before they schedule RT major courses. This deadline does not apply to high school seniors. Late or incomplete applications may be deferred for consideration of admission to subsequent classes. See RT Dates & Deadlines at the bottom of this page.
Prerequisites must be completed before RT
Before beginning the major RT courses, students are expected to have completed all of the prerequisite courses specified in the pre-professional curriculum. These prerequisites need NOT be completed at the time of application. The Respiratory Therapy admissions committee uses the projected Course Schedule Plan of the application to determine when applicants will complete their prerequisite courses and be eligible to start the RT major courses.
There are several admission options
The RT division invites collegiate students who are following the pre-professional curriculum outlined for sophomore or junior level admission. And post-baccalaureate students are welcomed to apply.
Admission is selective & on a space-available basis
Admission decisions are based upon these factors: 1. Quality of application, including personal statement and experience record. 2. Personal interview focused on knowledge of the respiratory care field, academic & career goals, and communication skills. 3. Academic achievement, especially in math and science. See “Application Instructions” tab for Admission Criteria.
Up-to-date official transcripts are needed
Applicants who are attending other colleges or universities need to assure that up-to-date, official transcripts with the latest grade information are forwarded to the OSU Professional Admissions Office as soon as they are available. To be official, transcripts must be sent to Professional Admissions directly from the institutions attended.
Official transcripts should be sent to:
The OSU Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182003
Columbus, OH 43210
Prerequisites for Admission
The academic prerequisites DO NOT need to be completed at the time of application, but applicants should project their completion on the Course Schedule Plan of their application. See RT Curriculum for an example schedule.
All academic prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, and the science/mathematics grade point average should be at least 2.50 before starting the major courses.
There are “Prerequisites for Admission” which are usually taken by freshmen and must be completed before an admission decision can be made.
There are “Prerequisites to Start the RT Major” which are usually taken by students admitted to RT during their second pre-professional year.
To qualify for admission, students must have completed these OSU courses or their equivalents or courses at a higher level.
Mathematics 1148 or higher
Health & Rehabilitation Sciences 2500
Prerequisites to Start RT Major
To begin the major RT courses, students must have completed these OSU courses or their equivalents, in addition to the courses listed for admission.
Health & Rehabilitation Sciences 5370
Some equivalent prerequisite courses at other colleges have been pre-determined. Go to Transferology to see the equivalent courses at your college.
Transfer students can see if their college or university has courses equivalent to the RT at OSU in the “Prerequisites” tab.
Equivalent prerequisite courses at many Ohio colleges and universities have been pre-determined. Go to Transferology to see the equivalent courses at your college.
If your college is NOT on the list, request a "Preliminary Prerequisite Evaluation" form of transfer credits to identify equivalent prerequisites.
You can request the form by contacting the Professional Admissions Office
Applicants with credits from other colleges and universities need to assure that up-to-date, official transcripts with the latest grade information are forwarded to the OSU Professional Admissions Office as soon as they are available.
To be official, transcripts must be sent to Professional Admissions directly from the institutions attended. Non-OSU students should direct their official transcripts to:
The OSU Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182003
Columbus, OH 43210
Need more information? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Should Use This Application
These instructions have been prepared for applicants to one of the Bachelor degree programs in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
This application is NOT appropriate for high school seniors, transfer students who have not completed program requirements, or those who have never attended any college/university.
If you fit one of these categories and are uncertain of the appropriate application method, please email the Professional Admissions Office at email@example.com.
When to Apply
All application materials should be submitted by the deadline listed in the box at the end of these instructions. Applications received past the priority deadline will only be reviewed and considered if the class is not full or an opening occurs prior to the beginning of autumn.
What Are the Admission Criteria?
Admission criteria vary by program. Applicants should consult the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) website at https://hrs.osu.edu or call the HRS Student Services Office at (614) 292-1706.
Admission criteria include specific course prerequisites, prior experience requirements, and in many cases, completion of all or most general education courses prior to starting coursework in the major.
All programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. The average GPA for autumn 2012 admission was 3.26; however GPA alone does not determine admission.
What You Need to Complete the Application
All required parts of your application must be submitted online before you will be considered for admission. A complete application consists of:
Please accurately complete all questions on the online application. List all colleges/universities you have attended, even if only for one quarter/semester.
Schedule of Current and Planned Courses:
Please list only the prerequisite courses you are currently taking and those you plan to take prior to enrollment in your program of choice and the institution where you are taking them.
If you are currently not taking any classes and do not plan to take any courses before starting your professional program, type "not-applicable" on this form. If you plan to transfer credit to meet program prerequisites, the Professional Admissions Office can advise you on the appropriateness of the courses.
The personal statement is an opportunity for you to describe yourself and why you are applying to the desired program, as well as how a degree in this program fits into your future plans and career goals. Please use evidence such as completed coursework, professional experiences and volunteer activities.
The experience record provides an opportunity for you to describe work, volunteer, and shadowing experiences in a healthcare setting.
A nonrefundable $40 application fee is required of all U.S. applicants, and a $50 application fee is required of international applicants.
One Copy of Official Transcript:
An official and complete transcript from each institution attended (except OSU) must be sent to the Professional Admissions Office.
The Professional Admissions Office will obtain OSU transcripts for all current and previously enrolled OSU students.
To be official, transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution. If you complete any "in progress" courses during the application process, please submit an updated transcript as soon as it becomes available.
Transcripts should be requested from other institutions attended when the application is submitted so the transcript can arrive at Ohio State within two weeks of submitting an application.
Transcripts should be mailed to the following address: Professional Admissions Office, PO Box 182003, Columbus, Ohio 43218-2003.
Recalculation of Grade-Point Option
Applicants who have discontinued their college/university enrollment for a period of five years or more may request to have their cumulative grade-point average (GPA) recalculated for admission consideration. Upon approval, the HRS Admissions Committee will base its GPA calculation ONLY on coursework taken after the point of re-entry. Such students must complete a minimum of 45 hours of graded credit between the point of recalculation and the program's priority application deadline. Check the appropriate box on the application form to request GPA recalculation.
Check the following website to determine course equivalents for most Ohio public colleges/universities: http://osu.transfer.org/cas/index.jsp . If course equivalents cannot be determined, please e-mail the Professional Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions on transfer equivalencies.
English Proficiency Requirements
Success at Ohio State depends upon the student's ability to converse in, write, and understand English. To assure such competence, the university requires any applicant whose native language is not English to submit official TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores. To be considered official, the scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Ohio State. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Ohio State does not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the requirement for proof of English proficiency.
Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales. No student will be considered for admission until proof of English proficiency is determined.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Ohio State's minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based. For information about TOEFL, contact: TOEFL/TSE Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151; 609-771-7100; www.toefl.org. The OSU institution code is 1592.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Ohio State's minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. For information about IELTS, contact their website for the nearest testing center at www.ielts.org.
Financial Requirements for Student Visa
International applicants who are determined to be academically admissible will be reviewed for sufficient financial resources by the university prior to being officially admitted into a program. If determined academically admissible, applicants will be emailed an Affidavit of Support form and required to submit financial documents in order to receive an I-20 Form (for F1 visa) or DS-2019 (for J1 visa).
Required Health Review (All HRS Students)
Because of the nature of the clinical experiences required, ALL students admitted to HRS programs are required to submit the results of a health review prior to starting coursework in the program. This review will include verification of all required immunizations or proof of immunity. Students who accept offers of admission will be sent complete information and the appropriate forms prior to starting the program.
Criminal Background Check
Criminal background checks are required of all students. All admitted HRS students must successfully pass the criminal background check to continue in their major. The Ohio State University Medical Center Office of Security provides the background check service.
Many states, institutions, and registration/licensure boards impose severe restrictions on hiring or credentialing medical personnel who have felony or misdemeanor convictions. While this may not affect your admission to your academic program, it could severely compromise your plans to work in the health profession of your choice. If you have such a record, you must disclose it on the application and seek advice from the HRS Student Affairs Office at 614-292-1706.
Financial Aid – all students are encouraged to apply for aid even if their applications may be under review. Information on financial aid at Ohio State, including scholarships and loans, is available at www.sfa.osu.edu or by calling 614-292-0300 or toll free at 800-678-6440. The Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Reapplication is required yearly; forms are available after January 1.
Housing – if you would like a University Residence Hall application or Family Housing application, check the appropriate box on the application form. If you would rather live off campus, contact the Off-Campus Student Services Office for a list of apartments, sublets or information on their roommate matching service. Check the website at http://offcampus.osu.edu or call (614) 292-0100.
Application materials are retained in the HRS Student Affairs Office for one year. The application and all supporting documents become the property of Ohio State and may not be returned to the applicant, forwarded to another institution, or duplicated for any purpose. If you wish to reapply to next year’s class, you must submit a new online application by the posted deadline.
The policy of The Ohio State University, both traditionally and currently, is that discrimination against any individual for reasons of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability or Vietnam-era veteran or other veteran status is specifically prohibited. Accordingly, equal access to employment opportunities, admissions, educational programs, and all other University activities is extended to all persons. The University promotes equal opportunity through a positive and continuing affirmative action program that complements and supports the University’s aspirations for diversity.
The Office of Human Resources at Ohio State is responsible for the coordination of matters relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The Associate Vice President can be reached at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High Street, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1175, and (614) 292-4164. The University adheres to federal and state law prohibiting discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and O.R.C. Section 4112. United States Department of Defense regulations prohibit gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving in the armed forces, including Reserve Officers Training Corps. As a result of this prohibition, ROTC programs at Ohio State are inconsistent with University Policy Number 1.10. (Issued 10/1/73 and revised on 2/2/04).
Office for Disability Services
Applicants with any documented disability who may require special assistance are urged to contact the Office for Disability Services, 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1297, Phone (614) 292- 3307, Fax (614) 292-4190. This office coordinates academic support services and accommodations for individuals who have special needs as a result of a permanent or temporary disability. Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to those with attention deficit disorder, mobility, hearing, visual, speech, psychiatric, or learning disabilities.
If you want more information about these support services and accommodations, please contact the Office for Disability Services: http://www.ods.ohio-state.edu. Your self-referral is the only indication of your interest and need of these services.
Application Checklist School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Please use this checklist to ensure you have completed all necessary steps to apply to one of the School of Allied Medical Professions programs. The following items are to be submitted to the Professional Admissions Office:
Complete and submit the online application, including the schedule of current and planned prerequisite courses, personal statement, experience record, and application fee.
Have one official and complete transcript of all course work sent directly from the institution, except OSU transcripts.
Arrange to take the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS, if required, and have the score sent directly to Ohio State.
Contact and Mailing Information:
Professional Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182003
Columbus, OH 43218-2003
Up to 20% of the seats in a Respiratory Therapy admission cohort are available for early admission to outstanding students directly out of high school and who are admitted to Ohio State as pre-major Respiratory Therapy students.
Eligibility for the Respiratory Therapy early admission pathway:
- high school senior who’s been admitted to Ohio State’s Columbus campus as a pre-major Respiratory Therapy student
- ranks in the top 20% of their high school graduating class
- present with an ACT composite score of 30 or greater
Selected students will be offered early admission by the Respiratory Therapy program in writing by April 1. Eligible students admitted to Ohio State after the initial review may be considered for early admission if the student contacts the Respiratory Therapy program director requesting a review.
There are distinct advantages to early admission to the Respiratory Therapy program. Early admission provides students with better access to scholarships, student employment and enrichment opportunities, as well as earlier direct contact with Respiratory Therapy faculty to explore future academic and professional career goals.
In addition, students bypass the secondary admission selection process and are assured a seat in the admission cohort if they maintain academic eligibility requirements.
The first two years of an early admission student’s college experience will include completing general education requirements and program prerequisites. Students are not permitted to begin Respiratory Therapy program-specific coursework until all prerequisites are completed successfully.