Respiratory Therapy, A.A.S.

An Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy consists of comprehensive classroom and clinical curricula that prepares students for matriculation into the BS Respiratory Therapy program and credentialing exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). The NBRC is the credentialing arm of the American Association of Respiratory Care. Successful completion of the curriculum and the credentialing exam certifies students as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and enables them to apply for licensure in their state of residence. Employment opportunities with health care providers range from home health and hospice to neonatal, pediatric, and adult intensive care units in UVU’s service area and across the country.

Matriculation Requirements

1. Complete the following coursework: 

  • College English 
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits) 
  • College Biology with lab (5 credits)
  • Chemistry (4 credits)
  • Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits) 
  • Human Physiology  with lab (4 credits) 
  • Physics
  • Survey of Respiratory Therapy

Note: Must pass all general education and pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a “C” grade or higher   

2. Complete the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS)

3. Submit Application Fee and Application by the third Friday in September

4. Personal Interview: All candidates will be screened and those deemed to meet or exceed basic application requirements will be invited for an interview. This interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program as students will compete with all other applicants for matriculation into a cohort. Applicants must bring a photo ID to the interview. 

5. Other Determining Factors 

  • Prior healthcare experience (preferred, but not required) 
  • Shadowing opportunity (recommended) 
  • Discipline for academic performance 
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Drug Screen