University of Minnesota | Rochester
in educational collaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences

Education Requirements & Prerequisites

The BSHP is a junior-admitting, full-time clinical program.  Students can complete liberal education and prerequisite courses at the University of Minnesota Rochester, other University of Minnesota campuses, MnSCU institutions or other regionally accredited universities and colleges.  University of Minnesota liberal education and theme requirements must be complete prior to starting the program.  In addition, the following prerequisites must be completed or in progress before application to the program:  English Composition, College Algebra, Statistics, General Psychology, Ethics or Medical Ethics, Public Speaking, Medical Terminology, General Chemistry, Anatomy (Human) and Physiology (Human) I and II, Microbiology with lab and Physics with lab.  Transfer guides are available to assist students and academic advisers in selecting the appropriate courses. These guides can be found on the Prerequisite Coursework link below.

Program Curriculum, Course Descriptions and Prerequisite Coursework

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Patient Care Experience

The Respiratory Care Track does not require Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) or Patient Care Assistant (P.C.A.) licensure, but encourages some type of patient care experience or job shadowing. Patient care experience can strengthen an application.  Patient care techniques will be taught in the first semester of the program and will continue to be addressed throughout the entire program.

Degree Requirements

  • Complete at least 120 semester credits.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 UMR cumulative grade point average.
  • All students are required to complete campus-wide requirements for liberal education.
  • Complete all major courses (60 credits) as identified in the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions Respiratory Care Track curriculum with C- or higher.