Respiratory Care Entrance Requirements

Please attend an info session (scroll down the info session page to find Respiratory Care) for the most up–to–date program information.

Entrance requirements include:

  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) results
  • Program prerequisites: Each must be at least a 2.0
    • MATH&146 or MATH 136
    • BIOL& 160
    • BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 (must be taken within 5 years of applying to the program)
    • BIOL&260
    • CHEM&121
    • CHEM& 122 (or CHEM& 131)
    • ENGL& 101
    • ENGL& 102
    • PSYC& 100 or PSYC& 200
    • HUM 105 or CMST 205
    • a Humanities (VLPA) elective

Please note that BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 must be taken within 5 years of applying to the program. There are no time limits on the other prerequisite classes.

Admissions Process

  1. Attend a Respiratory Care Information Session.
  2. Apply to Seattle Central College online or in the Admissions office (BE1104).
  3. Get your transcripts evaluated. Submit official transcripts and an "Incoming Transcript Evaluation Request Form: Professional Technical Programs" to the Registration office (BE1104). The form is available online or in BE1104.
  4. Complete the WONDERLIC and ALEKS placement tests, as needed.
  5. Complete the START Orientation.
  6. Contact an Academic Advisor at or 206.934.4068 to get started on an academic plan to get you ready for the program. Students should bring their transcript evaluation results and their unofficial transcripts to the appointment.
  7. Complete prerequisites. Up to three (3) prerequisites can be taken concurrently with the application process, but all prerequisites must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
  8. Take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
  9. Apply to the program by submitting the Respiratory Care application packet and paying the $35 Respiratory Care application fee before the January deadline.
  10. The application process is competitive with 25 students selected to start the program each year. The top scoring candidates may be interviewed for a potential spot in the program.

Upon Acceptance

In accordance with health facility affiliation agreements, students enrolled in clinical courses are required to complete a Request for Criminal History form. All information will be kept confidential. Students should be aware that certain convictions may prevent clinical placement and employment and that completion of this program does not guarantee certification, licensing, or employment.

Satisfactory physical and immunization records must be on file in the division office prior to the first day of clinical.

Contact Information

Respiratory Care Program
Allied Health Division
Seattle Central College
1200 12th Ave S, Ste. 202
Seattle, WA 98144
206.934.4347 206.934.4347

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