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Admission Information

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 – April 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. Applications to the Respiratory therapy program are accepted from August 1 until April 1 of the following year for those applicants who wish to be considered for the following Fall program start. All prerequisites must be completed within 5yrs of beginning the program and before the start of the program for a student to be admitted.  Any applicant who fails to meet the prerequisite requirements before the start of the program will be dropped from the program. To obtain an application packet, please call Cristina Lorden at 620-665-4956 or email
  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 before the program begins. 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 prerequisite and general course grade points the student has achieved. 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.