Respiratory Care is a selective admission program. After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to the program.
Am I eligible to apply?
Check to see that you have met the following eligibility requirements.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply to our program.
TCC Student ID Number
You must apply to TCC, be accepted as a student and get a TCC Student ID number before you apply to the Respiratory Care Program.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirements
You must meet the TSI requirements for enrolling in college credit courses.
Prerequisite Science Courses
You must have completed these courses with a grade of C or higher before applying to our program:
- BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
- BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
Highly recommended but not required:
- CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry–Allied Health
Note: A course is valid if only completed within 5 years of your application.
You are allowed only 2 total attempts at earning your desired grade in these courses to be eligible to apply to Respiratory Care. A withdrawal or drop counts as an attempt.
Health Education System Inc. (HESI A2) Admission Exam
HESI A2 is the required admissions exam for the program. You must earn a minimum score of 70 in each section of the HESI A2.
Visit HESI A2 Admission Assessment to learn more about fees, test availability and dates.
You can find study materials online or at the Trinity River Campus Bookstore.
During your time in our program and throughout your career, you must meet performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare.
If English was not the primary language of your high school, you must provide documentation of proof of English proficiency by submitting the results of either of the following:
- TOEFL iBT Test®
(Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language)
You must earn a passing score of 83. This is the recommended score to apply for licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
(International English Language Testing System assessment of English language proficiency)
You must earn an IELST Band Score of overall 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in all areas. This is the recommended score to apply for licensure from BON.
The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community StandardsListen (PDF will open in a new window) require that all students in health-related programs complete the following immunizations before applying to programs where patient contact is a component.
If you know you will be applying to our Respiratory Care Program within the next year, you will need to start these now because some will take up to 6 months to complete the series.
In order to be eligible to apply, you will need to have proof that you have completed the following immunizations:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDaP)
- Rubeola/Measles, Mumps, Rubella/German Measles (MMR)
- Influenza (Flu Shot)
Note: Titers showing positive immunity to the diseases will be acceptable.
You will also need to complete a Tuberculosis Skin Test or Chest X-Ray.
You need to be prepared to meet the following additional requirements–before the first day of class–if you are accepted to our program:
- Physical Exam
- Health Insurance
- Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening
You will learn more about these requirements after acceptance.
Talk to an academic advisor
Appointments are required:
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Updated March 10, 2016