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Respiratory Care Point System

Students are selected for the Respiratory Care Therapist Program at Eastern Florida State College once per year based on the following criteria. Applicants are responsible for providing the necessary documentation to support their application prior to the deadline. The final decision will be the responsibility of EFSC's Respiratory Care Selection Committee.

The Application Deadline is June 1st each year.

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Grade Point Average

Applicants for the Respiratory Care Program must have at least a 2.5 cumulative College GPA by the application deadline.

Points will be awarded as follows:

GPA Range Points Awarded
2.5 - 2.7 0
2.8 - 3.0 2
3.1 - 3.3 4
3.4 - 3.6 6
3.7 - 3.9 8
4.0 10

Health Sciences Campus Education/Related Work Experience

Applicants may receive points in only ONE of the following areas, according to their qualifications, if applicable. If applicants qualify for more than one category, they will be awarded the higher amount of points.

Graduate with an Associate's degree (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or an Associate in Applied Science) from a regionally accredited institution. 2
One year of full-time or equivalent work in a health care position, during the last five years, involving direct patient care. 3
Graduate with a Bachelor's  degree in any field, from a regionally accredited institution. 4
Graduate with a Master's degree in any field, from a regionally accredited institution. 5
Military Service - 2 years or more of service 5
Graduate of a Health Sciences Campus Program - One semester or less in length - with 6 months of work experience within the last five years involving direct patient care.  5
Graduate of a Health Sciences Program - Two semesters or more in length - with 6 months of work experience within the last five years involving direct patient care.  7
Military Service - 2 years or more of service in a health-related position 10

Please use the “HEALTH EXPERIENCE FORM” for documentation of position and dates worked. Any health program degrees earned which are not evident on transcripts should be documented by providing a copy of the certificate, diploma or other documentation.

Community Involvement

To reflect one's dedication to a career that involves compassionate service and care, applicants will be required to show proof of activities where they have served in their community and showed compassion for others. A minimum of five hours of community involvement is required.  In addition, for every five hours served above the minimum, one bonus point will be awarded to a maximum of 25 bonus points. Applicants must provide documentation of hours worked.

Completion of Mandatory College Courses

1. Applicants are required to complete all General Education Courses by the application deadline. (No points awarded)

  • Communications I
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Humanities
  • General Psychology

2. Applicants must be enrolled in (or have completed) RET 1024 Introduction to Respiratory Care, offered in the Summer Term. (No Points)

3. All Support Courses must be completed by the application deadline as well. Applicants will be awarded 5 points for each A, 3 points for each B, and 1 point for each C in each of the following support classes.  (Courses must be completed within the last 10 years to qualify for points.)

  • General Biology (4 credits, includes lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits, includes lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits, includes lab)
  • Microbiology (4 credits, includes lab)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (or higher)

Health Science Advising Session

Students who meet with a Health Science Advisor just before the application deadline to complete a point sheet will be awarded 5 bonus points.  


Top Candidates will be contacted by phone for an interview after the application deadline. Interviews will be held in person. No points will be awarded for the interview.

Repeat Applicants

No special consideration will be given to previous applicants. Students may request their folder be held over for the next deadline, but they will need to reapply, pay the fee, and update their folder as needed. Please speak with a Health Science Advisor for a folder review.

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.