Respiratory Care Program FAQ

If you are not an Oregon Tech Student, first apply to Oregon Tech.

Already an Oregon Tech Student, complete Respiratory Care Application.

The application is always open.

June 30th is the initial acceptance for the following fall cohort, a second acceptance if space is available will be completed August 31st.

Yes, the application fee is $40 per application.

No, but it is highly recommended to complete as many prerequisites as possible.

Multiple withdrawals and/or failed classes on your transcripts may not be viewed in a positive light. Retaking a class to earn an A or B may be viewed favorably, but multiple attempts at the same class may not be viewed favorably. GPA is used as a predictor of an applicant’s success with the demanding curriculum.

Oregon Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052- 3981, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation is currently recognized by the professional credentialing agencies so that students are eligible to sit for national board exam associated with the specific profession.

Oregon Tech's Respiratory Care Program (program number 200309) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( "CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented."

For a comparison of the Oregon Institute of Technology Respiratory Care Program outcomes with the outcomes data for all programs in the United States visit:

Once accepted into the program a typical candidate spends two years or 6 terms on campus then an additional 11 months on externship to fulfill the degree requirements. The degree is a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care.

Yes. Interviews are conducted by Respiratory Care faculty members. Interviews are structured to evaluate a candidate's interpersonal skills, communication skills, time management skills, and other professional attributes.

The minimum required weighted GPA for admission into the program is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. For courses weighted toward selection, a GPA above 3.0 is strongly encouraged. (Please refer to the available resources regarding how to calculate the weighted GPA).

The courses identified below are weighted toward selection:
Bio 231 4 credits
Bio 232 4 credits
Bio 233 4 credits
Bio 200 2 credits
Math 112 4 credits
Chem. 101/104 4 credits
MIT 103 3 credits

TOTAL 25 credits

Weighted GPA Calculation:
Grade values:
A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = Not passing

Course Grade value x Credit = point value
Total Course point value/Total credits = Weighted GPA


Bio 231 A = 4 x 4 credits = 16
Bio 232 B = 3 x 4 credits = 12
Bio 233 B = 3 x 4 credits = 12
Bio 200 B = 3 x 2 credits = 6
Math 112 B = 3 x 4 credits = 12
Chem. 101/104 A = 4 x 4 credits = 16
MIT 103 A = 4 x 3 credits = 12
TOTAL 86/25 credits possible = 3.44 Weighted GPA

The course listed below must also be completed in order to apply but are not calculated into the weighted GPA:

Wri 121 3 credits
Wri 122 3 credits
Psy 201, 202 or 203 3 credits
Spe 111 3 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits

Read the acceptance letter and all additional information very carefully as instructions on 'next steps' will be included.

Ideally all students must enroll on a full time basis unless an academic plan for non-full time attendance can be agreed upon by the Respiratory Care faculty.

Yes, students are welcome to transfer previous coursework. Credit evaluation for transfer equivalency will be done by the Registrar’s Office upon admission.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Financial Aid officers are available to assist students seeking financial aid.

Please contact the Admissions Office. The contact number is 541.885.1150 or toll free: 800.422.2017.

Oregon Tech's main campus is located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Nestled on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains, the 190-acre campus provides a rigorous and robust campus life personalized by a low student-to-faculty ratio.

While there is no way the program can enforce a ban on student employment while in the program, it is difficult. The program is very rigorous and students who work while in the program are not always successful. The priority should be the coursework associated with each program and special accommodations are generally not available to accommodate a student’s work schedule.

You must achieve a "C" or better in every core class.