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Respiratory Therapist Admission Requirements

Application Dates--Fall 2015

  • Application available on September 1, 2014
  • Application review begins after October 15, 2014
  • Application completion deadline is August 1, 2015

Application Materials

Applicants must submit all materials by the application completion deadline.

1. Admissions Application

The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it, and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

2. Application Fee

An application fee is required at the time an application is submitted.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Submit one of the following: high school transcript, GED/HSED score report, or college transcript showing an associate degree or higher. Applicants transferring from another college or university must also submit a transcript from each college/university. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school.

4. Official Test Scores

Submit TEAS-V or ACT scores from September 1, 2011 to present. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission.

1. Education Completion

Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED, or completion of an associate’s degree or higher. NOTE: High school seniors may submit an in-progress high school transcript.

2. Course Requirements

a) Algebra: One semester of algebra taken in college with a grade of C or better or satisfactory test scores (see below). Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are Elementary Algebra (10-834-110), College Math (10-804-107), Applied Math for Chemistry (77-854-756), or higher.

b) Chemistry: One year of high school chemistry with lab components or one semester of college-level chemistry with a grade of C or better. Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are General Chemistry (10-806-134), or higher. High school chemistry classes must be college-preparatory; Chemistry for the Community or similar classes do not satisfy this requirement. 

Applicants will not be allowed more than one unsuccessful attempt (C- or below) in any one subject area listed above within the last five years.

3. Test Score Requirements

Minimum test score requirements for either TEAS-V or ACT from September 1, 2011 to present:

a) TEAS-V: Composite 62%, Reading 69%, Math 65%, Science 47.1%, English/Language Usage 60%

b) ACT: 20 or higher in all sub-scores

If test scores do not meet the requirements above, applicant may then complete courses and earn a grade of C or better to demonstrate competency for admission purposes. Testing may be waived if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree or higher in a science-related field.

4. Residency

Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10:

  • Non-resident applicants (both out-of-state and non-district state residents) may only be considered for high-demand programs after January 1 for the upcoming fall term. Non-residents may not be considered for any program which closes prior to January 1.
  • Out-of-state residents may not be considered for any program which has a waitlist.
  • Non-district state residents may be considered for admission to a waitlist after January 1.
  • Minnesota residents are considered non-district state residents for admission purposes.

Refer to the Residency Determination web page for more information.

Important Notes

  • If you do not currently meet all admission requirements, the Patient Care Pathways program can assist in accelerating your progress towards program eligibility. Visit the Patient Care Pathways web page or call (608) 246-6262 for more information.
  • For more information regarding the TEAS Test, visit the TEAS Frequently Asked Questions web page.
  • A grade of C- will not be accepted when "a grade of C or better" is indicated as the requirement.
  • Course requirements may differ from admission requirements. Refer to program curriculum for details.
  • This program requires Anatomy and Physiology, which has a prerequisite of chemistry taken within the last five years.