• Respiratory Care Admissions Details


  • Thank you for your interest in our Respiratory Care (RC) program.  Students of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, physical abilities, and cognitive differences are Welcome, добро пожаловать! Bienvenido! ยินดีต้อนรับ!


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    Admission Requirements

    This is a limited entry program that admits 20 students every fall. The information below is based on the application requirements for fall term 2024 admission. You must meet the requirements described below by the April 12, 2024 application deadline.  Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection. 


    Prerequisite Courses

    Courses must be completed before you apply or be registered to complete spring term 2024. Each course needs a “C” grade or higher.  Courses with “Z” at the end are equivalent to the same course without the “Z”. Use this tool to see if your courses from other colleges apply!

    These courses expire after 10 years (completed no earlier than winter term 2014):

    • College level Biology course (i.e., BI100, BI112, BI121, BI231, etc.)
    • College level Chemistry course (i.e., CH104, CH151, CH221, etc.)

    These courses do not expire:

    • MTH065 or higher
    • WR115 or WR121Z (or placement into WR121Z since 4/12/2019)
      Courses can still be in progress Spring 2024 but proof of registration needs to be submitted if not taking at MHCC.

      *See “Additional Information to meet Admissions Requirements” at the end of this page for placement guidelines.

    High School Transcript

    Submit your high school transcript showing a graduation date or GED transcript showing an overall “Pass” score. Visit GED Testing Services to obtain your GED transcript. If you received your high school diploma overseas you will need to have it evaluated by one of our approved credential services (see transcript section below). If you were home-schooled you will need to meet this requirement by completion of the GED test. For more information about this requirement please see the FAQ.

    Phase 1 Selection Process

    Your application and supporting documentation will be scored by the following point scale: A=3 points, B=2 points, C=1 point. 


    The prerequisite course(s) already used to satisfy the above requirements cannot be used again to earn points in this section. 

    Supporting Coursework    (required for degree completion if accepted; can be taken in the program): My Score / Out Of
    BI121 or BI231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* /3
    BI122 or BI232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* /3
    BI233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III (not needed if applicants take BI121 and BI122)* /3
    BI234 Microbiology* /3
    WR121Z English Composition /3
    COMM111Z or COMM115Z or WR122Z Public Speaking/Intercultural Communications/English Composition II /3
    MO111 Medical Terminology /3
    PSY101 or PSY201 or PSY202 Psychology of Human Relations/General Psychology /3
    Discretionary Points
    Prior Degree Associate's Degree=1 or Bachelor's Degree=2 or Master’s Degree=3 /3

    *If accepted to the program, the Human Anatomy and Physiology series and Microbiology must be completed before fall term of the second year (prior to starting clinicals).

    Phase 2 Selection Process

    Up to the top 60 scoring applicants from Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2. Phase 2 may include an essay and interview. More information will be provided at the time you are invited to Phase 2.

    From this selection process, up to the top 24 applicants are admitted to the RC program. Qualified candidates not selected may be placed on a waitlist and offered a position if any of the accepted applicants decline their position. The accepted and waitlisted students will need to complete any remaining prerequisite classes by the end of spring term, attend the required orientation and complete the health and safety requirements explained at the orientation.

    Tiebreaker: In the event that two or more applicants have the same score for Phase 1 or Phase 2, the office of Admissions will use tiebreakers in the following order: the date the applications were complete (all required items were received) and in district student.

    Additional Information to Meet Admissions Requirements:

    Placement Options:

    • You may be able to use the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT), GED scores or Smarter Balanced scores for meeting the writing skills requirement. Learn more about Course Placement.
    • If using the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT), you are encouraged to practice for the test and review English concepts by using Accuplacer’s free study app.
    • CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 4/12/2019.

    Additional Transcript Considerations:

    • Transcripts must be issued directly by the institution from where the course(s) were taken. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu. E-transcripts cannot be sent from the student to MHCC as they are not considered official. If submitting transcripts by mail, send to:

    Mt. Hood Community College – RC Application
    Admissions, Registration and Records
    26000 SE Stark St.
    Gresham OR 97030

    • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required for prerequisite courses.
    • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
    • AP, CLEP, DSST or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for admission requirements and must be issued directly from College Board, DSST or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope (see Credit Alternatives).
    • Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using to meet admission requirements and must first be evaluated by an outside credential service. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline for the program. For more information, visit international transcript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
    • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file.