Admission Requirements for the Respiratory Care Program

The Respiratory Care Program is a 2-year upper-division professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The Respiratory Therapy program is a June entry program. Applications open on August 1 and deadline to submit is March 1.

Admission Decisions are based on:

  • Completing all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, minimum grade point average 2.5 and minimum science GPA of 2.0
  • Quality of the application, personal statement and experience record. 
  • Three academic or professional references
  • Personal interview focused on academic & career goals, communication skills and knowledge of the respiratory care field. An excellent place to begin learning more is the American Association for Respiratory Care (

Applicants must complete a minimum of 57 credits that must be earned prior to beginning the program. Within these credits, students must have completed the following prerequisite courses

Prerequisite courses (minimum of 57 credits required)

  • 3 credits English composition
  • 3 credits of arts
  • 3 credits of humanities
  • 3 credits of introductory (100 level) social and behavioral sciences
  • 3 credits of intermediate or higher (200 – 400 level) social and behavioral sciences
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 8 credits of anatomy and physiology or general biology with labs
  • 8 credits of chemistry with labs
  • 4 credits of physics with a lab
  • 19 credits of Liberal Arts Electives or additional science courses

Note: Natural science courses (i.e. biology, chemistry, and physics) less than 10 years old are preferred. 

Freshman Declared Major Admission: Stony Brook University freshmen can declare respiratory care as a major in the beginning of their freshman year. Students advance to the upper-division level after successfully completing the program prerequisites by the end of the sophomore year and pass HAT 210 - Introduction to Respiratory Care with a grade of B or better.

Transfer Students: If you are a student at another college or university and are interested in our program, check with your pre-health advisor regarding the best way for you to meet Stony Brook’s prerequisites through the courses offered at your school. Also we strongly recommend attending a Respiratory Care Information Session. For information about the Information Session, please click here.

Basic Life Support (BLS): Students that are admitted to the Respiratory Care Program at Stony Brook are required to be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) offered by the American Heart Association (valid certification card required) prior to the start of clinical rotations. 

For information about applying to the Respiratory Therapy program, please click here.