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Application Process

Students are admitted into the program once a year only, for each Fall semester. The application period is open January 15 - May 1.

Approximately 25 students are admitted to the program each year. Selection is based on criteria approved by the Skyline College Administration and consistent with state regulations (see application instructions). Contact us for further information on the Respiratory Therapy Program. Full-time registration is required, and all courses must be taken in sequence. Credit may be given for previous coursework.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

The following must be completed with a “C” or better, or in process of completion.

  • Algebra - Math 110 or 112 or equivalent
  • Chemistry (with lab) – CHEM 192 410 or equivalent
  • Human Anatomy (with lab) – BIO 250 or equivalent
  • Medical Terminology – HSCI 484 or BUS 485 or equivalent
  • Eligibility for Skyline College ENGL 836 or equivalent

Please Note:

We recommend that minimum entrance requirement courses be completed within 5 years of applying to the program. High school coursework cannot be accepted to meet prerequisite requirements.

To determine specific General Education requirements, applicants are encouraged to contact Counseling. We suggest that you complete most GE requirements prior to submitting your application.

Students selected into the program must complete a satisfactory social security referenced background check, drug test, physical examination, and documented immunizations.

An Associate Degree is required to take the Respiratory Care Practitioner Exam administered by the California Respiratory Care Board.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

Read the instructions carefully and submit the required documents:

  1. Instructions for Application  
  2. Application (available for download by January 15)
  3. Letter of Reference


If you were not accepted last year, you may reapply.