Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application at the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) website:
  • Candidates must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Grade of C or higher in all pre-requisite natural science and math courses
  • Grade of C or higher in all other pre-requisite courses
  • Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA will be reviewed for admission if they meet the following requirements:
    - Pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    - Grades of B or higher in Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Physics
    - No pre-requisite grade below a C.
  • Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended must be submitted directly from the previous institution to AHCAS.
  • If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, the transcripts must be evaluated by a third party credential agency.  Submit a final, official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services at; AACRAO International Education Services at; ECE at or another NACES recognized service provider (see directly to AHCAS.
  • A personal interview, if requested, by the Respiratory Therapy Admission Committee.
  • Submit a personal statement which describes experiences which have led you to consider respiratory therapy as a career.
  • Submit two references at AHCAS. The references should be from individuals who can speak about your potential as a respiratory therapist.  One reference should be from a current or former professor and the other should be from a current or former employer.  References should not come from family members.

Transcript Review

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International Applicants

Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:

Language Proficiency. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee requires an official TOEFLiBT or IELTS score for verification of language proficiency for applicants: a) who were born outside the US, b.) for whom English is a second language, or c.) who have a degree or transcripts from a non-US institution. Applicants must earn a total score of 83 or higher and a speaking score of 26 or higher on the TOEFLiBT or earn a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher on the IELTS to meet the language proficiency requirement. Only official score reports will be accepted. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL or IELTS from any applicant. The official score should be sent to both Allied Health CAS and Bellarmine University. Students may petition to alternatively use one of the following to document English-language proficiency: a.) Language training at an approved center; b) Prior educational experiences in a TOEFL Exempt Country; or 3.) satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT. See applicable Undergraduate or Graduate International Student’s Admission Requirements in the Bellarmine Course Catalog for specific criteria.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Prerequisite and/or Pre-Major Courses

The following are pre-major courses and will typically be completed prior to admission to the program; however, upon approval from the department chair, some of these courses may be taken concurrently with the major courses. Courses from this list, if taken after admission to the program, would be considered graduation requirements:

  • 8 hours of Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • 4 hours of Microbiology
  • 4 hours of General College Chemistry
  • 3-4 hours of Physics
  • 3 hours of General Psychology
  • 3-4 hours of Pathophysiology
  • 3-4 hours of Statistics

Total prerequisite and pre-major credits: 28-30 hours