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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 54 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 54 semester hours including:

Semester Hours
Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
Two of any of the following courses (with labs preferred):
Preferred: Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology
Acceptable: Human Biology, Cell Biology, Physiology, General Biology, General Zoology or any biology course approved by both Admissions and the Department Chair
General Chemistry with lab
College Algebra or Pre-calculus or Calculus
English Composition
English Elective
Psychology or Sociology

Liberal Arts 

Examples of Liberal Arts Electives


Minimum grade for transfer is a "C".

A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions prerequisites is available online. Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide. Prospective students with questions about prerequisites should e-mail Student Admissions at [email protected]Please identify the program you are inquiring about in the subject line of your email so that we can best advise you.

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

Approved CPR courses can be found through:

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.