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Application Process

How to apply to the Respiratory Therapy program at Tacoma Community College

Respiratory Care Program Application Process


Prior to application, it is essential that prospective students understand fundamental requirements for participation in a health science education program and career.  Please carefully review the Gateway to Health Careers  to help determine if direct-patient healthcare is the right career path for you.

Thank you for your interest in TCC’s Respiratory Program. Application information for Fall 2023 cohorts will be released in January 2023.  Please check back regularly for application information and guidance.

For general information about previous admission requirements and selection process, please download the Respiratory Therapy Program Application Packet.  Please know the information in this packet is subject to change.

Please also consider reviewing the Application FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). 

Thank you for your interest in our program!


NOTE: This program is not intended for transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Students who plan to transfer should meet with the Program Chair prior to program enrollment.

The Selection Process

Points will be calculated for each applicant, and admission to the program will be offered to the top-scoring applicants.

Applicants will be notified of their admission into the Respiratory Therapy program via their TCC email and will be asked to confirm their acceptance of admission. In the event that an applicant declines the offer to enter the program, that applicant's offer will be rescinded and an offer will be made to the next-highest scoring applicant. Please be patient, as this can be a time-consuming process.

If Selected

If selected, you must respond to the email offering you a spot in the program in a timely manner. Please review the essential requirements to make sure you meet all the criteria needed to succeed in this page. 

If Not Selected

If you are not selected, and wish to be considered for future drawings, you must reapply during the next application cycle. You would not need to resubmit transcripts, unless there is a grade change you would like to be considered. Before re-applying, please review the program admission requirements, as these are subject to change.

You may also wish to explore another allied health program offerings at TCC. To find out more about other health science programs offered at TCC, attend an information session  Feel free to contact an advisor at 253-566-6091 or by email