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Policy for Students Who Hold the RRT Credential

Advanced standing is available to individuals who have successfully completed the Respiratory Therapy Registry (RRT). Those eligible for advanced standing must submit the following documents:

  • A notarized copy of the RRT certificate indicating that it is a true and accurate copy.
  • Official transcripts of all previous respiratory care course work and general education course attempted and/or completed.
  • Official transcripts of courses toward completion of a BS degree.
  • A notarized copy of the Certificate of Completion from an approved respiratory care training program as applicable.
  • A completed application for admission to the RRT advanced standing program at Rush.
  • A letter/essay directed to the Committee on Progress and Promotions for Respiratory Care requesting advanced standing.

Advanced standing recognizes and gives academic credit for knowledge, skills and professional attitudes learned through previous training or experience. There are three ways in which we may grant advanced standing in the Respiratory Care program:

1. If you have acquired academic credit in respiratory care courses from other accredited schools or universities, you may be able to transfer your credits.

2. If you pass an equivalency examination demonstrating mastery of a content area or skill, you may be exempted from a course in the program which teaches that area or skill.

3. If you successfully complete the National Board for Respiratory Care's certification and registry examinations (RRT or RPFT), you may receive advanced standing credit.

Advanced standing in theMS degree program in respiratory care is available. For the MS degree, the applicant must hold a BS degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Based on the RRT credentials, up to 63 credits may be applied toward the BS degree and up to 74 credits may be applied toward the MS degree.


Additional Admissions Information for Prospective Applicants

  • Individuals holding the RRT credential may apply to enter the respiratory care MS degree program at any quarter.
  • Students wishing to apply for Advanced Standing must adhere to our eligibility standards and policies (see guidelines below).

To be considered for admission, all applicants must:
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate course work.
  • Successfully complete all professional prerequisite required courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Human Anatomy (one course)
    • Human Physiology (one course)
    • Chemistry (one course with lab preferred)
    • Physics (one course with lab preferred)
    • Microbiology (one course with lab preferred)
    • Psychology (one course)
    • Computer Science (one course)
    • Statistics (one course)
  • Have a personal interview with departmental faculty.
  • Complete an online application to the program and submit official transcripts for all college course work completed.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (academic and professional only)
  • Have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.




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