Associate in Respiratory Therapy

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Pre-Admission Requirements
  • Graduate from an accredited high school or receive a passing score on the GED examination.
  • Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I (BSCI 11010 or 21010)
  • Completion, or placement out, of MATH 00022 (or equivalent)
  • Completion of Chemistry (CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10054 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060 or CHEM 10061)
  • A minimum "C" (2.0) grade in required courses
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70
  • Complete at least 4 hours of job shadowing with a respiratory therapist. (Forms are located in the Information and Application Packet)
Course Information

Course Information and Roadmap

Program Admission

Accepting a seat in the program is only for the upcoming spring semester. If a student waits, he or she must reapply next year. Once accepted to the program, students must take each semester consecutively for two years due to RT course offerings. If a student fails a class, at the discretion of the RT program director, they will be readmitted to the program the next year, one time only, to retake the failed semester and continue the program.

  • Accepted students must attend a program orientation meeting . More information will be given when an acceptance letter is received.
  • All students accepted into the program are required to complete fingerprinting and a state and federal background check. Instructions for completing this process will be provided during the new student orientation. 

*Students should notify the RT program director of any convictions. A past conviction may disqualify him/her from completing clinical rotations, taking credentialing examinations, receiving a state license to practice (Section 4761.04 of the Ohio Revised Code), and/or obtaining employment after graduation.

The Respiratory Therapy Program accepts transfer students and coursework based on KSU’s transfer policies, however advanced placement in the Respiratory Therapy Program is not offered.

Pursuant to federal regulations and state law, Kent State University is committed to provide all persons equal access to its programs, facilities, employment, without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identification as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam era. Inquiries regarding federal regulations and state law may be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action, Wright Hall, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001.


The Kent State University Respiratory Therapy program, CoARC program number 300037, Associate of Applied Science degree at Cleveland Clinic holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self-Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation." 

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