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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program, the following items must be received in the Admissions Office by April 1:

  • Application to Shawnee State University
  • Official High School Transcript -or- Official GED Score Transcript and Partial H.S. Transcript
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Proof of Algebra, Biology and Chemistry with "C" or Above
  • Completed Respiratory Therapy Program Autobiography Form
  • ACT Score with "18" in Science Reasoning and comprehensive scores
  • Overall GPA 2.0 or greater

To further understand these requirements, please read the following information completely.

If you have questions regarding these requirements, please contact the Health Sciences Admission Representative, at (740) 351-3209.

  1. You must first submit an application to Shawnee State University and pay the $30 application fee. This is the only application form required.

  2. After the application to Shawnee State University is received in the Admissions Office, the autobiography from will be sent to you. This form must be completed and returned to our office by April 1st.

  3. Students should request that official copies of high school and college transcripts be sent to the Admission's Office at Shawnee State University. Transcripts should be sent after application to Shawnee State has been made to avoid confusion. If the transcript was under a different name, please request that they include your current name and/or social security number. Transcripts sent under other names may not be traceable and may not be credited to your file.

    High School Transcripts:
    Final, official transcripts can be submitted by the following methods:

    1. Mailed directly from the high school
    2. Hand carried in an envelope with the high school guidance counselor or high school official's signature across envelope seal
    3. Sent via FAX from the high school accompanied with a signed transmittal form by the guidance counselor or high school official
    4. Sent by electronic transfer by the guidance counselor or high school official.

    Previous College/University Transcripts:
    Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the college/university. Hand-carried or faxed copies will not be accepted as official transcripts. The University reserves the right to verify the final, official authenticity of any student's transcript. Any transcript document found to be fraudulent becomes the student's responsibility and the University reserves the right to withdraw admission acknowledgment and/or approval of acceptance.

  4. All applicants to the Respiratory Therapy Program must have completed high school or college level Algebra, Biology and Chemistry with a grade of "C" or above by April 1 to be considered for admission. (NOTE: A "C-" is not accepted and Pre-Algebra is not accepted.) The only exception is if you are currently a senior in high school and are currently enrolled in one of these classes, you must have your counselor send us a transcript at the end of the first semester showing your current grade average in the course.

  5. All applicants must have completed the ACT test with a minimum score of "18" in the Science Reasoning area (or if taken before October, 1989, a "16" in Science Reasoning or Natural Sciences).

  6. Applicants must be eligible to enter MATH 1200 and ENGLISH 1102 as the program curriculum describes. Therefore, students should take Shawnee State's mathematics and English placement tests as early as possible.

  7. All applicants will be notified in writing when the above criteria have been met and the file forwarded to the department for consideration. If you have received this card, your file is not complete. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are submitted before the deadline.

Final Decision

Final decisions regarding admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program will be made using an objective point ranking system. Factors in this ranking system include the following:

  1. Grade received in algebra, biology, and chemistry

  2. Level of algebra, biology, and chemistry taken by the student (i.e. high school, college remedial, or college)

  3. ACT Science Reasoning and Comprehensive scores
    Applicants with 20 hours of college credit are required to have a GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, to substitute for a low or absent ACT.

  4. Number of college credit hours completed with a "C" or higher.

  5. Overall GPA
    If under 20 hours of college, score HS GPA
    If over 20 hours of college, score college GPA
    NOTE: If under 2.0 when applied, folder should not be considered

  6. Repetition of Coursework
    Points are to be subtracted for any repetition of the following courses: Biology 1130, 1131, 3750 Math 1020, 1200 Chemistry 1121

Admission Status

Students will be notified of admission status with the Respiratory Therapy Program. Those admissions will be in one of the following categories:

  1. Full Admit - These applicants have been admitted to the Respiratory Therapy Program and are included in the class for the following Fall Semester

  2. Alternate - These applicants will be considered for positions in the class beginning the following Fall Semester if positions become available (Applicants in this category, if a position does not become available, may work to improve their applicant status [point ranking] and apply the following year. It is strongly recommended that these applicants contact the Chair of the Respiratory Therapy Program to determine how to improve their status for the following year.)

  3. Non-admit - These applicants may reapply to the Respiratory Therapy Program for the following year and will be considered a new applicant (These applicants should work to improve their applicant status [point ranking] if they plan to apply the following year. It is strongly recommended that these applicants contact the Respiratory Therapy Program Leader to determine how to improve their status for the following year.). It is important to note that the Respiratory Therapy Program does not maintain a waiting list and that each year applicants are given an equal opportunity to compete for positions in the Program.

Respiratory Therapy

Contact Information

Respiratory Therapy Program
940 Second Street
Health Science Building, Office 150
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Kimberley Dickey, Secretary
Phone: (740) 351-3006
Fax: (740) 351-3354

kdickey@shawnee.edu

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