Admissions Procedures - Respiratory Therapist

The Respiratory Therapist program begins in August of each year.  Approximately 12 students are admitted each year according to the guidelines set forth by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care).  Applications will be accepted from August 1st – May 1st. 

Admission Steps:

  1. Apply for admission to Hutchinson Community College at or visit
  2. Submit official High School/GED transcripts and all other college transcripts to Hutchinson Community College, Records Office, 1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
  3. Submit a Respiratory Therapist program application between August 1st -May 1st to be considered for the following Fall program start.  To obtain an application packet, call 620-665-4956.
  4. Once the application has been submitted, schedule an interview appointment by calling 620-665-4956.
  5. Complete program pre-requisites:
    • MA105: Intermediate Algebra
    • HR105: Medical Terminology
    • BI103: Human Anatomy and Physiology

    **All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. GPA for all general education course work within the RT curriculum must be completed at a GPA of 2.25 or higher.

  6. If there are more than 12 applicants, the admission process will be evaluated with a point system. A sample of the scoring sheet is available upon request. Applicants are rank ordered based upon the total points received. The top twelve (12) students are accepted into the program provided that all other admission conditions have been met.
  7. Upon acceptance to the program, a comprehensive physical, drug screen and background check will be required, along with current vaccinations. The cost for this will be handled by the student.
  8. For further information, contact the Allied Health Advisor at 620-728-8100 or 800-289-3501 ext. 8100), or the Respiratory Therapist Program Coordinator, Teresa Pauls, at 620-665-4928 or
  9. If you need assistance with paying for college, please, apply for financial aid at and also check out HCC Scholarship opportunities  at to see if you qualify.