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Registration is by permission only. Spaces in the Respiratory Care Program are limited. Please see the Respiratory Care Program Information Packet, at or the Health Sciences and Emergency Services Division Office for details on the selective admission process.

  To apply, students must:

  • Submit the required application form by the designated deadline
  • Submit official copies of all college transcripts to the Respiratory Care Program Director.
  • Complete Collin College reading, writing and mathematics assessments
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite courses
  • Complete Psychological Services Bureau (PSB), Health Occupations Aptitude Exam prior to the application deadline
  • Agree to criminal background check. Negative findings from the background check may compromise clinical placement.
  • Once admitted, student must pass a drug screen at the student’s expense, when requested and as directed by the program
  • Attend a student orientation prior to the start of the first semester in the program
  • Successfully complete all program admission criteria (see Application Packet)
  • Complete all immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) 
  • CPR – Requires current American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR certification.
  • Science courses that are part of the curriculum but completed at a regionally accredited institution, must have been completed within five years of the fall semester of the admission year in order to receive transfer credits. The minimum passing grade for all Respiratory Care lecture, lab and clinical course work is a C.

  * It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. All immunizations must be complete by the deadline specified by the program.

Health Insurance - All Respiratory Care students are required to show proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations and must maintain coverage while in the program.



After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities - with or without accommodations - for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information on the Respiratory Care website: . Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.



Students who have been involved with the criminal system, please be advised that your background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.



In addition to successfully completing the respiratory care curriculum, students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Self- Assessment Examination and a Clinical Simulation Self-Assessment Examination during the second year of the program.

  1. A TMC Practice exam will be given in the fall semester of the second year.
  2. A TMC Self-Assessment Examination will be given in the spring semester of the second year.
  3. Clinical Simulation Self-Assessment Examination will be given in the spring semester of the second year.
  4. Meet all Collin College graduation requirements.

Satisfactory completion of these exams is required for graduation from the program. Students who do not pass any of these exams will be required to complete prescribed remediation assignments and retest. The program reserves the right to limit the number of retests.