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 Respiratory Care

Pamela Nugent
Program Director

The Fall 2020 class is now closed. The application for the Fall 2021 class will open in October 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. First interviews will be in December 2020. 


To Apply to Program: 

  • Complete program prerequisite courses.  
  • Submit official college transcripts.  
  • Calculate admissions cumulative GPA.  
  • Apply to Program in Student Portal []          

To Learn More About Program and Admissions:




The A.A.S. in Respiratory Care will prepare the students to become a well-rounded professional and competent advanced respiratory therapist.  The graduate will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care entry-level respiratory care practitioner examination to become a “Certified Respiratory Therapist” and the advanced level respiratory care practitioner examination to become a “Registered Respiratory Therapist.”  Our professional credentialing organization is The National Board of Respiratory Care, 
Information about the profession of respiratory care can be found at the American Association for Respiratory Care. 
This is a fully accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, CoARC.  Here is the link where Information about accreditation and the student/graduate outcomes for all programs can be found. 
Successful completion of the program can lead to employment as a respiratory therapist in hospitals, clinics or home settings or branch off into research, sales, education or other career opportunities.         


Admission Requirements

  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 2.50 
  • Earn a grade of “C” or above in English 101 or higher; Math 118 or higher except for Math 140;​ Chemistry 121 or higher* 
  • Complete one of the following Biology requirements:  
    • Earn a grade of “C” or above in Biology 226 and Biology 227  
      • Note the prerequisite for Biology 226 is a grade of "C" or above in Biology 121
    • Earn a grade of "C" or above in Biology 116
  • All official college transcripts attended outside of the City Colleges of Chicago must be submitted to the MXC Office of Registrar Services 

 *Note: Students enrolled in prerequisite courses in current semester are eligible to apply to the Respiratory Care program, provided they can demonstrate a course grade of “C” or better. However, admission cannot be granted until all requirements are complete. Students that meet all of the minimum admission requirements listed above will be scheduled for an interview with the program admission committee. Students that complete this interview will be considered for admission to the program. Please note that admission is highly competitive and that not all students who are interviewed will be admitted. Students are advised to prepare for the interview, to arrive early, and to dress appropriately for a professional interview. Students are also advised to carefully prepare their admissions packet, giving special attention to content and format  


Background Check​   


Students entering most healthcare professions programs will be required to present documentation of health history and vaccination status, to undergo annual tuberculosis screening, to submit to a background check, to submit to initial and random drug screening, and to undergo fingerprinting prior to licensing with the state of Illinois. Students should consult with an advisor if any of these requirements are a concern.           



Submitting Application within Student Portal (​)      

  • Under “My Academic Plan” 
  • Within “Academic Planning” 
  • Click “Selective Application” 





Faculty & Staff

Name Email Phone Room
Pamela Nugent - Program Director​ (312) 850-7382 2103-O
Jane Reynolds Director of Clinical Education ​​ (312) 850-7354 2103-12
George West (312) 850-7383 2301-09

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Room 2103-O
Chicago , IL 60612
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