Admission Criteria for MHS-RT Program (Graduate)

Submit your application for the Master of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy program at AHCAS.

  1. Acceptance to Bellarmine University.
  2. Completed a baccalaureate degree or higher in any discipline from an accredited college or university.
  3. Minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale with the following:
  • Grade of C or better in all prerequisite natural science and math courses.
  • Grade of C or better in all other prerequisites courses.
  1. Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA will be reviewed for admission if they meet the following requirements:
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Grades of B or higher in Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • No prerequisite grade below a C.
  1. Visit to complete your application.
  • Submit a personal statement which describes experiences which have led you to consider respiratory therapy as a career.
  • The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview
  • Submit two completed reference forms from individuals who can speak about your potential as a respiratory therapist. One reference should be from a current or former professor with the other from a current or former employer. References should not come from family members.
  1. If any transcripts or undergraduate degree(s) are from an international institution you must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation to Allied Health CAS. Information regarding processes and fees is available at:, and
  2. Language Proficiency: The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee requires an official TOEFL iBT 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 TOEFL iBT 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.

Prerequisite Courses Required

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II: 8 credit hours
  • Microbiology: 4 credit hours
  • Chemistry: 4 credit hours
  • Physics: 3-4 credit hours
  • Psychology: 3 credit hours
  • Pathophysiology: 3-4 credit hours
  • Statistics: 3-4 credit hours
  • Total Credit Hours: 28-30