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"The job market is fantastic. A lot of the second-year students already have jobs lined up. Wherever you want to work, you can get a job." — Megan Dragonette

Prerequisites: Respiratory Therapy

SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer college specializing in health care careers. Students applying to our bachelors programs take the prerequisite courses (minimum 60 semester hours) at another college and then complete their junior and senior years of the bachelor's degree at Upstate for their program of study.


Bachelor of Science (BS)

Requires a minimum of 60 semester hours including:

Semester Hours
Anatomy & Physiology I* with lab
3-4
Anatomy & Physiology II* with lab
3-4
General Chemistry with lab
4
Microbiology with lab
3-4
College Algebra or Pre-calculus or Calculus
3
English Composition
3
English Elective
3
Psychology
3
Sociology
3
Liberal Arts Electives
18-21
Liberal Arts or Professional Electives
11

* Applicants can either take Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs or one semester of Anatomy & Physiology with lab and one semester of General Biology or General Zoology with lab.

Minimum grade for transfer is a "C."

A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions pre-requisites is available online. Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide. Prospective students will questions about pre-requisites should e-mail Student Admissions at admissfa@upstate.edu.

Admitted students will need to complete CPR for the Professional Rescuer or BLS for the Health Care Provider certification prior to enrollment.

Students who hold an associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy are not eligible for our Respiratory Therapy (BS) degree program.

Respiratory Therapy is a fall entry program. Applications open September 1 and admission is on a rolling basis until the program fills. For information about applying to the Respiratory Therapy program, please click here.