Pre-Respiratory Therapist

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Science

Provides students with general academic background to be successful in their chosen health care field. For students pursuing admission to the Respiratory Therapist program, please follow these steps:

  1. Apply to the program. Students are strongly urged to meet with a health careers advisor within the first semester of course work.
  2. Complete the following:
  3. Complete the remaining program admission requirements in the Respiratory Therapist program.
  4. Confirm with Health Careers Advisor completion of steps 1-3 and placement on the qualified/wait list.
  5. While on the qualified/wait list complete as many of the required general education courses, as required by the program, and program support courses as possible.Respiratory Therapist program.
  6. This degree does not have to be completed to be eligible for admission / entry to the Respiratory Therapist program.
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Civil Society and Culture: Compare and contrast the United States globally with other nations or regions, addressing one or both of the following: (1) social, economic, political and cultural issues or (2) patterns of diversity or inequality, including racial, ethnic, religious or gender differences.
  • Communication: Effectively communicate ideas appropriate to their discipline using Standard English, through written and verbal communication.
  • Computer Technology: Demonstrate skills for computer technology, including internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments.
  • Critical Thinking/Information Literacy: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and identify the need for research to draw conclusions, formulate inferences, solve problems and make decisions. Students will also demonstrate information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, selecting, organizing, synthesizing, and ethically documenting information from multiple sources using both informal and formal formats, as appropriate for diverse writing situations.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Apply quantitative skills to analyze situations and make decisions in a variety of contexts.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Science degrees require at least 24 credits total including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits:24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Humanities: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.

  2. Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education, Required Support, and Required Core Courses in this program.

  3. Social Science: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific Requirements have been met.

Elective Courses

Complete as many additional 100-level or above courses as necessary to reach the 60 credit hours required for this degree.
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

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Program Code: 


Health Sciences Division • (313) 845-9877 • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-132
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Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as: