Admission to the School of Health Sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College is a competitive, time-sensitive, and sequential process. The following are the requirements to apply for our programs. Applicants are also encouraged to carefully review the MVCC HLTS Essential Functions.


All applicants must meet or be working toward the completion of the following prerequisites at the time of application:

  • high school diploma or its equivalent AND
  • the most recent of the following:

Minimum History

  • TASC score: ≥3100 
  • High School Average: 80
  • College GPA*: 2.5

Math Score

  • SAT: 530
  • ACT: 19
  • MVCC Placement: 51
  • College Math: ≥C

Chemistry or Anatomy and Physiology with Lab**

  • High School: ≥70
  • CH131: ≥C
  • BI216/BI217: ≥C

Biology with Lab**

  • Recommended 


  • N/A

*You must have at least 12 college credits to use a college GPA. Consideration will be given for college-level classes taken in high school.
**If you have a completed degree, or have successfully completed an approved college-level Anatomy and Physiology sequence at MVCC or another college, you may be exempt from the biology/chemistry requirement.

  • High school chemistry with a final grade and/or Regents exam score of a 70 or higher is required.

Important Admission Notes

  • HLTS courses are sequential and begin in the Fall semester. Students must complete the application process and have all relevant admission documents submitted and testing completed by March 1. Applications received after March 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Applicants with two  Fs, Ds, or Ws in any college course will not be eligible to apply to or remain in the Respiratory Care Program.
  • Applicants who have received more than one D, F, or W for any Respiratory Care core program course at MVCC or any other college are ineligible to apply to or remain in the program. Applicants may submit an appeal request in writing to the School of Health Sciences to be considered for the program.

Steps to Apply

All prospective students must complete the following steps to officially apply for admission to the Respiratory Care program.

Students New to MVCC

Step 1

All New MVCC students need to submit a completed MVCC college admissions application to the College’s Admission Office by March 1, including all official college and/or high school transcripts.

Outside of the United States: Request a professional education credential evaluation report from an evaluation service (such as World Education Services: Please request that an official copy of the report be sent to: Mohawk Valley Community College, Office of Admissions, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, N.Y. 13501. Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Once a complete application, including transcript, is received by the College, the application will be reviewed by the Admissions Office and students will be notified in a timely manner of their next steps.

Step 2

If it is determined a student meets the initial eligibility requirements to be considered for the Respiratory Care program, students will receive a Respiratory Care Program Application which must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office no later than March 1 so the Selection Committee can review the application. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

If after review of the college application it is determined a student is not eligible to be considered for acceptance in to the Respiratory Care program, the Admissions Office will provide information on how to proceed.

**It is recommended that students complete the MVCC Placement Test and receive an eligible score on the math portion that will allow the student to enroll in MA110. Students may be exempt from taking certain portions of the placement test based on the College’s “Placement Testing Exemption Policy,” which can be found at

Current MVCC Students

Step 1

Applicants should contact Holistic Student Support at 315-731-5710 to schedule an appointment with an appropriate advisor to review the Respiratory Care Program application process.

Step 2

If all required prerequisites are completed, the applicant will be directed to complete the Respiratory Care Program Application.  Please print legibly in blue or black ink and include any additional significant information for the Selection Review Committee to consider. Applications should be submitted to the School of Health Sciences (HLTS) Office, AB113.

All Respiratory Care Candidates Who Meet Initial Eligibility Requirements

Step 3

In addition to the Respiratory Care Program Application, students must include a written Letter of Intent by March 1 to emphasize what they can bring to the Respiratory Care program and profession, and include a reflection of their personal background and accomplishments. This also is where applicants should discuss achievements, talents, and long-term professional goals.

Step 4

Applicants who meet all qualifications may then be contacted for a personal interview to complete the admission process.

Personal Interview:

Candidates may be invited for a personal interview after the Respiratory Care Program Selection Committee has completed a preliminary review of the applicant’s credentials. Invitations for a personal interview are issued only to those applicants whose records and other stated qualifications appear sufficiently strong to justify such a detailed study. Those applicants not issued an invitation will receive a letter of refused acceptance so that the individual will be able to act accordingly on their future plans without delay.
Only those applicants whose files are complete (completed application, all official transcripts/academic record—high school and college, Letter of Intent) will be considered for an interview.

Transfer Applicants

The transfer application deadline is March 1 for Fall term Respiratory Care courses and October 1 for Spring term Respiratory Care courses.

Transfer applicants are applicants with transfer credit for respiratory course(s) from another college and must apply, meeting all program and prerequisite criteria, and will be considered on an individual basis. To be considered for a mid-year (Spring semester) start, students must have successfully completed an equivalency of MVCC’s RC101 course from an accredited college or university. Students must submit an official college transcript to the College for a credit evaluation to be completed in order to determine placement into the program if offered a seat.                                       

Note to international candidates: see additional admissions requirements

Readmission Applicants

Readmission only includes applicants who had a break in sequence longer than one year due to medical or military leave.

  • Readmission into the program and/or course(s) requires approval of the Dean, and is on a space-available basis.
  • Science credits earned over seven years prior to application without a completed degree will not satisfy course requirements.
  • All core-program courses completed more than one year prior to application will not be transferrable into the program during readmission.

Notify the Dean in writing requesting readmission indicating course and semester for which readmission is sought.

  • Send letters to Melissa Copperwheat, Academic Building room 113D, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, N.Y. 13501 or

Admissions Decision-Making Process

The Admissions decision-making process is conducted by each MVCC Program Selection Committee for the respective program.

  • Applicants who have met all application requirements will be considered for admission. *As these program are highly competitive, meeting initial eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into the applicant’s program of choice. Applications received after March 1 may be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Academic transcripts, a completed application, Letter of Intent, and a personal interview will determine the applicant’s standing for admission into their program of choice. 
  • The Respiratory Care Program Selection Committee will meet after March 1 to select candidates for acceptance into the program. All decisions of each Program Selection Committee are final. 
  • Letters of acceptance or denial for the program will be mailed to candidates on or around April 15. Applicants who have not been accepted will receive a letter of denied acceptance so that the individual will be able to act accordingly on their future plans without delay.