Now accepting applications for fall 2021

Respiratory Therapy is the allied health profession that cares for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist sees a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric patients to adults and the elderly. Disease states or conditions often requiring respiratory care include asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, and conditions brought on by shock, trauma or postoperative surgical complications.

Respiratory therapists are also involved in many specialty areas in the hospital such as newborn labor and delivery, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, pulmonary function laboratory, sleep laboratory, adult intensive care units, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, and EKG testing. In addition to hospitals, the respiratory therapist delivers respiratory care in the home, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and physician offices.

This program prepares students as critical-care specialists to assist a primary-care physician in managing patients with serious heart and lung disorders.

Respiratory therapists are responsible for administering medical gases, managing electronic monitoring equipment, controlling life-support systems, and handling various medical emergencies.

Related responsibilities may include diagnostic testing of breathing disorders, rehabilitation of patients with long-standing pulmonary disease, and asthma education.

Credentials and Licensing— Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program must pass the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) in order to apply for an Illinois state license.

After passing the TMC, the individual earns the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential and is eligible to take the second level of testing to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These respiratory disorders can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Respiratory Therapy A.A.S. program has special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

Documents to be Submitted for a Complete File:

  • Moraine Valley application for admission if not currently enrolled in college credit courses at Moraine Valley.
  • A completed Respiratory Therapy Admission Application. Applications are available online and must be submitted to the Records Office (Building S, Room 111). Application deadline is March 1.
  • An official high school transcript showing date of graduation or a high school equivalency certificate.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.

Important Dates
March 1: Application deadline

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • One year of high school biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of "C" or better.
  • One year of high school algebra must qualify to take Moraine Valley course MTH-109 or above, or a college-level course at another college, with a grade of "D" or above.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, based on courses inclusive to the Respiratory Therapy AAS degree or a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale if college credit has not been earned.
  • Completed Moraine Valley placement tests. Students may be exempt from placement tests based on previous college credit. Contact an academic advisor for information about placement test exemptions.
    • Math placement test score or exemption must qualify the applicant to take MTH-109.
    • English placement test score or exemption must qualify the applicant to take COM-101.
    • Reading placement test score or exemption must qualify the applicant for courses above RDG-091.

Health Physical

Prior to clinical placement, admitted students must submit a completed health history and a physical form signed by a physician and evidence of personal health insurance.

Selection Criteria

Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:

  1. Qualified residents of the district and residents of districts engaged in cooperative agreements who submit an application by March 1 of the year they plan to enroll in the program.
  2. Qualified nonresidents who submit an application by March 1.
  3. On a space available basis, applicants who do not meet all of the admissions requirements or the deadline may be considered after March 15.

Point System

Students will be admitted to the Respiratory Therapy Program through a weighted score made up of two factors: college GPA based solely on courses inclusive to the Respiratory Therapy A.A.S. degree; grades and credit hours in specified course work.

Points for various criteria will be given according to the chart below. Students will also be required to meet the current minimum standards for admission.

Students will be required to list, on the intent form, all colleges attended.

Ties will be broken based on GPA first and then date and time stamp when the completed application is received in the Records Department.

Weighted Factors
Factor Max. Points
GPA 15
Success Courses 72
Total Maximum 97
GPA Points
2.5-2.75 5
2.751-3.0 7
3.01-3.25 9
3.251-3.5 11
3.51-3.75 13
3.751-4.0 15

Success Courses (The BIO, CHM, MTH and MRT-110 must have been completed no longer than 5 years prior to the program admission deadline.)

Choose 1: BIO-180

Choose 1: BIO-181

Choose 1: BIO-119

Choose 1: CHM-111
or CHM-131

Choose 1: MTH-109 or MTH-139 or higher; MTH-120 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. 

Or 6 points for ACT math score of 20 or higher or SAT scores 520 or higher (ACT and SAT test scores will expire after 18 months after test date) 

Or 6 points for placement at or above MTH-139 on placement test

Choose: MRT-110

Success Course Weighting
A = 3 points X Credit hours
B = 2 points X Credit hours
C = 1 points X Credit hours
All other grades = No points


Student has BIO-180 with an A— 3 points X 4 credit hours = 12 points

Student has BIO-181 with an A- 3 points X 4 credit hours = 12 points

Student has MTH-109 with a B— 2 points X 2 credit hours = 4 points

Student has MRT-110 with a B— 2 points X 3 credit hours = 6 points

Total points for success courses = 12 for BIO-180 + 12 for BIO-181 + 4 for MTH-109 + 6 for MRT-110 = 34 Pts


Applicants not selected for one starting class are individually responsible for reactivating and updating their application file for subsequent starting classes. Re-applicants must complete a new Respiratory Therapy Admission Application and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office during the application period stated.

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, respiratory students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients in and out of beds and chairs.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers, and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted and be able to push machines heavier than that up and down ramps.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Program Goal

The goal of the Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is 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).

Program Outcomes

The four program outcomes have been developed based on the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and the recommendations of the Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program Advisory Committee.

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported in the CoARC website include:

Three-year time period being reported; CRT credentialing success; RRT credentialing success; achievement of high-cut score on TMC Exam (beginning 2018); retention (attrition); overall graduate satisfaction; overall employer satisfaction; on-time graduation rates; total number of program enrollees; total number of program graduates; maximum annual enrollment.

Program Outcomes

The Moraine Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program will provide students with the following:

  1. Training in respiratory modalities of the profession
  2. Training in life support and ventilator management
  3. Prepare students for the Entry Level Respiratory Care National Board Exam (Certified Respiratory Therapist - CRT)
  4. Prepare students for the Advanced Level Respiratory Care National Board Exam (Registered Respiratory Therapist - RRT)

You will rotate through at least four different facilities while in the program. Efforts may be made to accommodate some clinical requests, but you need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites, as it will not be possible to accommodate all requests. Starting times may be as early as 6 a.m.

The afternoon shift may end as late as 11:30 p.m. The starting and ending time are determined by the hospital and is not negotiable. Careful consideration of your ability to travel and adjust your personal schedule prior to application into this program is strongly advised.

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital
Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Little Company of Mary Hospital
Loyola University Medical Center
Mount Sinai Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Palos Community Hospital
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center – Joliet
Franciscan St. James Hospital – Chicago Heights
Franciscan St. James Olympia Fields
University of Illinois Medical Center
Amita Health Adventist Medical Center – Hinsdale
Franciscan St. Margaret Health – Hammond
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Amita Health Adventist Medical Center – Bolingbrook
Advocate South Suburban Hospital

This list of clinical affiliates is subject to change at any time.

Moraine Valley's Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC #200122).

Medical Director – Dr. Lisa Wolfe, MD

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, TX 76054-4876
Phone: 817-283-2835

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Respiratory TherapyA.A.S.1241Health Sciences


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