Skip to Content    Skip to Footer
Respiratory Care students training on a manikin

Respiratory Care Application & Selection Process

Annual Application Deadline June 1 for Fall Term Start (August)

Applicants for the five-semester long Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program are evaluated for admission based upon the program's Selection Criteria Point System after applying via the specialized Application Process. To be considered for selection, applicants must satisfy program entrance requirements by the deadline.

Selection Criteria Point System

Students are selected for the Respiratory Care A.S. degree 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.

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:

Points Awarded per GPA Range
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
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.

  • One point will be awarded for every five hours of volunteer work.
  • Two points will be awarded for every five hours of volunteer work in health care or in human services.
  • (Maximum points = 30)

Students must submit a signed community service form in order to receive points.

Completion of Mandatory College Courses
  1. Applicants are required to complete all General Education Courses by the application deadline. (No points awarded)
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in (or have completed) RET 1024 Introduction to Respiratory Care, offered in the Summer Term. (No Points) This is mandtory.
  3. All Support Courses must be completed by the application deadline as well. Applicants will be awarded 10 points for each A, 7 points for each B, and 3 points for each C in each of the following support classes. 
    • 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)
    • Medical Terminology
Health Science Advising Session

Students must meet with a Health Science Advisor just before the application deadline to complete a point sheet. This is a mandatory requirements and no points will be awarded. Students must turn in the point sheet that the Health Science Advisor completes.

Open House

Students who attend a Respiratory Care Open House will receive 2 points. Upcoming dates will be shared here when available.


Top Candidates will be contacted by phone for a video interview after the application deadline. 

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.

How to Apply for Respiratory Care

Application files must be submitted to the Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office on the Melbourne Campus in Building 15, Room 101 or via email to  by the June 1st application deadline. The applicant is responsible for providing all required information detailed below and in the Selection Criteria prior to the deadline date.

Immediately following the application deadline, all application files will be sent to the Respiratory Care Admissions Committee for consideration. Incomplete files will not be considered for program admission. All applicants will be notified by email about their status in the program.

See a Health Science Advisor &

Students who are interested in the Respiratory Care program must see a Health Science Advisor to go over admission requirements and set up a course plan for completing prerequisite classes.

Students with myEFSC Portal access should schedule an appointment using EAB Navigate. Future Students with no EFSC login, use the link below. You will then be contacted via email with confirmation of your appointment.

Request Advising Appointment

Complete General EFSC Admissions

You must complete the EFSC general admissions application or already be an active EFSC student before submitting the Health Sciences Application described later in this accordion.

New Students: Complete and properly file the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College, prior to the program application deadline. The EFSC General Application is available online. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college. Complete all general admissions requirements with the Admissions office.

Please note that application processing can take up to 14 days due to the current volume of applications. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.

Returning Students: If it has been over one year since you have taken a course at EFSC, you must readmit. The EFSC Readmit Application is available online. There is no fee to readmit.

CURRENT STUDENTS: Current Students may move on to the next step.

Complete Prerequisite Coursework and Volunteer Hours

Students need to have their General Education and Support courses completed before the application deadline.

Note: RET 1024 is a MANDATORY prerequisite, offered only in the Summer Term, and students must have completed this course or be enrolled in this course by the June 1st application deadline.

Additionally, students must complete hours of volunteer / community service work prior to the application deadline.

See the Selection Criteria for more information about coursework and volunteer / community service hours.

Complete the Online Application for Respiratory Care Program

Complete the online Health Sciences Application for Respiratory Care. This application must be submitted by June 1st. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for each program application. This fee must be paid online or at the Student Accounts Business Office before the application deadline.

An UNOFFICIAL copy of each and every college transcript is required with the Respiratory application. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed at

Submit Application Materials

 A file ready for the  Admissions Committee review must  include:

  • All unofficial transcripts from EFSC and any other colleges attended
  • Proof of work experience, if applicable
  • Proof of Community Involvement - documented hours
  • Military Service verification, if applicable
  • Advising point sheet