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Program Admissions Details

Students may apply for admission to the Respiratory Therapy degree program at IU School of Medicine when the following requirements are met:

  • 28 hours of required courses are completed
  • 10 of these completed hours are in required math/science courses
  • “C” or better in required math/science courses
  • 2.5 overall GPA

Admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance to the respiratory therapy program. Preference in admission will be given to applicants who are residents of the State of Indiana. The number of non-resident applicants accepted into the program will be limited to a maximum of 10% of each class.

Applications to the program are due January 10 the year of admission to the professional courses. An admission interview is required during which communication skills in English will be assessed. Grade point average is calculated based on all college and university courses completed and must be 2.5 or greater. GPA is used as the primary criteria for admission purposes. Additionally, applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, earn a “C” or better in all math and science prerequisites, and complete all prerequisites prior to August 1 the year of admission.

Admission is limited by accreditation standards and the availability of clinical space. Initially 10 students are admitted from each university, for a total of 30 students. All remaining qualified applicants are placed on a wait list, ranked by GPA. Any unfilled positions that may become available by start of fall semester are taken in order from the waitlist. Professional courses begin in the fall semester only. Please review this website for additional information regarding admission criteria, prerequisite courses, and university policies. 

Due to the vulnerable nature of the patients treated by respiratory therapists, admitted students must pass a criminal background check and drug screen. Documentation of vaccinations is also required. A valid social security number is necessary to facilitate the background check and allow students access to hospitals that serve as the programs’ clinical partners.

Apply for Advanced Standing

Graduates of CoARC-accredited, associate degree programs in respiratory therapy at a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the Respiratory Therapy degree program. Contact the program director for available options.