Admission Policies

Admission Policies

Majoring in RT requires an application

The application and instructions for the RT program are available online beginning September 3rd.  Although there is one application deadline, there are several admission options.  The program invites collegiate students who are following the pre-professional curriculum as well as post-baccalaureate students to apply.  Based on the completion of prerequisites, some students may be admitted one to two years before they schedule RT major courses.

The next application deadline is January 31, 2022.  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. Incomplete applications may be deferred for consideration of admission to subsequent classes. Please note, this application process does not apply to high school seniors.

What You Need to Complete the Application

All required parts of your application must be submitted online before you will be considered for admission.  Applicants must accurately complete the questions listed under each of the six tabs located on the online application.  If you are interested in learning about the application prior to submission, please register for an HRS Application Workshop.

Items required for the RT application include:

  • List of Currently Enrolled, Planned and Completed Prerequisite Courses - Although prerequisites are not required to be completed at the time of application, applicants should project their completion on the prerequisites.  The admissions committee uses this information to determine when applicants will complete their prerequisite courses and are eligible to start the RT major courses.
  • Activity and Experience Record -an opportunity for applicants to describe relevant volunteer or shadowing experiences
  • Employment Experiences - an opportunity for applicants to describe work experiences
  • Personal Statement - an opportunity for applicants to describe themselves and why they are applying to the RT program, as well as how a degree in this program fits into your plans and career goals. 
  • Official transcripts from each institutions listed except The Ohio State University

International Application Additional Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

Financial Requirements for Student Visa

Admission Decisions are Based on These Factors:

  • Academic Achievement:  For collegiate applicants, academic achievement is measured by the overall college point hour ratio and grades earned in the prerequisite science and mathematics courses.  All program prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C- or higher and the science/math grade point average should be at least 2.50.
  • 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.

How It Works

Admission for the RT program is selective and on a space-available basis.  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 3.30.

Prerequisites for Admission

To qualify for admission into the RT program, applicants must complete the courses or their equivalents prior to beginning the professional program.  Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Ohio State course numbers are shown below.  Some equivalent prerequisite courses at other colleges have been pre-determined.  Please visit  Transferology to see the equivalent courses at your college.  If your college/university is not listed on Transferology, request a Preliminary Prerequisite from Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions.

First Year Prerequisites

  • Math 1148 or higher
  • Chemistry 1210
  • Biology 1113
  • HTHRHSC 2500
  • Psychology 1100
  • English 1110
  • Physics 1200

Second Year Prerequisites

  • Anatomy 2300.04
  • Human Physiology (EEOB) 2520
  • Physics 1201
  • Microbiology 4000.01
  • Statistics 1450.01
  • HTHRHSC 5370

Important Deadlines

Important Deadlines

Respiratory Therapy Dates & Deadlines for 2021-2022

  • 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 2021-2022.

  • 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 2022

  • This is the most popular admission option.

  • If you apply before January 31, 2022 and you plan to complete the prerequisites for admission by the end of Spring semester 2022, you will be considered for admission to RT for Autumn 2022 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 2023, if you complete ALL prerequisite courses before Autumn 2022.

  • Your projected graduation would be May 2025.


Junior-Level Admission for AU 2022

  • 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 January 31, 2022 and you plan to complete ALL prerequisites by the end of Spring semester 2022, you will be considered for junior-level admission to RT for Autumn 2022.

  • If admitted for junior level Autumn 2022, you would start the RT major courses Autumn 2022. Your projected graduation would be May 2024.

 

Current Freshmen

Current Freshmen

Sophomore-Level Admission for AU 2022

This is the most popular admission option.  We usually admit students at the sophomore level after they have completed their freshman year. The freshman and sophomore years are considered pre-professional. If you apply before January 31, 2022 and you plan to complete the prerequisites for admission by the end of Spring semester 2022, you will be considered for admission to RT for Autumn 2022 at the 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 2023, if you complete ALL prerequisite courses before Autumn 2022. Your projected graduation would be May 2025.

Students who are first year (freshman) students may apply to the Respiratory Therapy program if they have completed the first year prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a C- or higher by the end of Spring 2022.

Current Sophomores

Current Sophomores

Junior-Level Admission for AU 2022

We also admit students at the junior level, if vacancies are in a class. 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 January 31, 2022 and you plan to complete ALL prerequisites by the end of Spring semester 2022, you will be considered for junior-level admission to RT for Autumn 2022. If admitted for junior level Autumn 2022, you would start the RT major courses Autumn 2022. Your projected graduation would be May 2024.

If admitted by this path, students will complete the second year prerequisites, then begin the program their third (junior) year.

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