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Bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy First-Professional Program Admissions Requirements

Treat patients with heart and lung diseases by earning this first professional, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree. Become a baccalaureate-prepared respiratory therapist within the exceptional program at NSU.


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  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • $200 acceptance fee (seat deposit) —This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s place in the entering first year class, but is nonrefundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant’s acceptance.
  • Annual Student Service fee
  • Students are responsible for purchasing any required textbooks, uniforms, white coats and/or classroom materials.

For Financial Aid assistance contact:

Reginald Perkins, Financial Aid Counselor - Regional Campus
Enrollment and Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
11501 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
855- 894-1039 (Direct Phone)
866-905-1896 (Fax)
Toll Free (866) 306-1574

  • Application and a $50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submit official transcripts from each university/college attended to Undergraduate Admissions.
    • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C, from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate work.
    • Minimum cumulative Science GPA of 2.5.
  • Interview with Respiratory Therapy Admissions Committee.

The following application process is required by all applicants:

  1. Complete online application and pay $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each university/college attended for formal transcript evaluation and NSU transfer course equivalencies.
  • Coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. Foreign coursework must be evaluated by one of the following services:

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: (305) 273-1616
    Fax: (305) 273-1338

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 415070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400

    World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311

If Item #2's criteria has been met, a recommendation for interview will be made to the Respiratory Therapy Admissions Committee.

  1. Upon recommendation by the Respiratory Therapy Admissions Committee and after review of applicant's admission portfolio, applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview before the Respiratory Therapy Admissions Committee.
  2. Applicant will be interviewed by Respiratory Therapy Admissions Committee.
  3. An offer of admission will only be made upon recommendation of the Respiratory Therapy Admissions Committee.

If applicant accepts offer,

  1. Applicant must pay $200 seat deposit, within 14 days of acceptance, and will be formally categorized as “Provisionally Admitted” until
  2. All transcripts must be resubmitted with final (no in-progress) grades documented
  3. Applicant/Student will then be formally categorized as “Fully Admitted”

 The BSRT First-Professional program offers one start date per year.

  • August (Fall term):
    Application must be received by mid-July.

To ensure that your application receives prompt consideration, you should apply early. Applications are accepted year-round.

PRE-REQUISITES (subject to change without notice)

  • Prerequisite credit may be transferred into Nova Southeastern University from a regionally accredited college or university. The Office of Transfer Evaluation Services will review all courses for equivalence.
Title Credits
Humanities 6
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
College Algebra and higher 6
Written communication @ 1500 level or higher 6
*Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab 4
*Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab 4
*Microbiology w/lab 4
*General Chemistry w/lab 4


* These courses will meet the Natural and Physical Science General Education requirement of 6 credits


Title Credits
Genetics 3
Organic / Inorganic Chemistry w/ lab 4
Physics 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
RCP 3001 Medical Terminology for Respiratory Therapy 1
RCP 3002 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCP 3003 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care w/Lab 4
RCP 3004 Respiratory Basics & Patient Assessment w/Lab 4
RCP 4040 Statistics & Principles of Scientific Literature Evaluation 3
RCP 3501 Clinical I (One 8 hour day/wk. for 16 weeks) 2
RCP 3007 Pulmonary Disease 3
RCP 3008 Pharmacology for Respiratory Therapy 3
RCP 3011 Mechanical Ventilation w/Lab 4
RCP 4009 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Respiratory Care 3
RCP 3502 Clinical II (Two 8 hour days/wk. for 12 weeks) 3
RCP 3009 Patient Monitoring w/lab 4
RCP 3012 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and PFT w/Lab 4
RCP 3013 Human and Infectious Disease (non-pulmonary) 3
RCP 4501 Clinical III (Two 8 hour days/wk. for 16 weeks) 4
RCP 4001 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care w/Lab 4
RCP 4002 Cardiopulmonary Technology and Specialties 3
RCP 4003 Alternate Respiratory Disciplines 3
RCP 4502 Clinical IV (Two 12 hour days/wk. for 16 weeks) 6
RCP 4006 Leadership and Management in Respiratory Care 3
RCP 4100 Clinical Seminar I
RCP 4005 Healthcare Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
RCP 4503 Specialization Clinical V (Three 12 hour days/wk for 10 weeks) 6
RCP 4101 Clinical Seminar II


Course descriptions can be found in NSU's Undergraduate Student Catalog. 

Program requirements and curriculum are current. Requirements are subject to change without notice.



Are you wondering how a course you took at another institution will transfer to your undergraduate degree at NSU? Click on the below link to find out.  Institutions are listed alphabetically.  Choose the letter of the alphabet for the institution that the classes were taken then choose the institution.  You are able to search by specific course or generate a list of all courses transferred into NSU. 

NSU Transfer Credit System

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization.

Enhanced Pathway for Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and Master of Science in Anesthesia at NSU

  • A unique pathway for NSU BS in Respiratory Therapy (RT) first-professional students to join the NSU Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) program after completion of their BSRT, respiratory therapy training and successful obtention of their RRT credential.
  • GRE or MCAT scores are waived under this partnership for the NSU RT applicants.
  • This option will initiate with the August 2021 entering RT cohort.


  • Graduation for NSU RT program with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Obtention of RRT credential
  • Shadowing of an AA during the RT clinical year
  • Clinical experience as a RRT strongly recommended
  • A letter of recommendation from the RT program
  • RT students need to complete the following courses* prior to admission, with a minimum GPA of 3.0



Chemistry with Lab


Organic Chemistry with Lab






Physics with lab




*In the second year of training, RT students can complete some of the prerequisite courses. Students will complete the outstanding requirements between graduation from the RT program and the start of the AA program. Personalized advising will be provided by the RT and AA program leadership.

Interview Process

RT students who meet the requirements outlined in this proposal will be granted an interview. Providing that the interview does not reveal any areas of concern, the student will be offered a seat in one of the four NSU AA programs. Students’ preference for one of the locations will be noted but a seat at the preferred location cannot be guaranteed. The AA programs are located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tampa Bay, FL, Jacksonville, FL and (as of January 2022) Denver, CO. 


The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States.  To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process.  Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. 

The BSRT First-Professional program #200615 has been granted provisional accreditation by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC):

For accreditation information, please contact or visit: 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
264 Precision Boulevard
Telford, TN 37690
817-283-2835 (Office)
817-354-8519 (Fax)

CoARC main webpage can be located at

CoARC Programmatic outcomes can be located at 

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