You must successfully complete the required prerequisite college course work at a regionally accredited college or university to begin the final two years of the Respiratory Care Program.
Applicants are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter and during an interview.
U.S. citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required for admission to the Respiratory Care Program.
In addition to general quality standards, respiratory care practitioners must be able to perform these technical job functions:
- Lift more than 50 pounds routinely
- Work with their arms above their heads routinely
- Push and pull, bend and stoop, and kneel or squat routinely
- Work standing 50 percent of the time
- Care for and communicate effectively with patients
- Communicate effectively with staff
- Hear and see clearly
- Have full use of both hands
- Perform CPR
- Work effectively in a team setting
- Use vibrating tools
- Work with immunosuppressed patients
Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions.
Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities at all times:
- Critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Professional and ethical conduct
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.
Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs must comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:
- Occupational health review, a physical exam or both
- Background study and immediate disclosure of any criminal convictions
- Drug screen
- Health insurance
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic or the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program
Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran status.