Pre-Application Requirements for the Upper-Division Major in Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Program is a 2-year upper division professional program that requires students to have a minimum of 57 credits of required, recommended and elective courses prior to admission into the program. Students who satisfactorily complete the 2-year upper division professional program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and a School of Health Technology and Management certificate of professional achievement.

Minimum required prerequisite courses include: 3 credits English composition; 3 credits of arts; 3 credits of humanities; 3 credits of introductory (100 level) and 3 credits of intermediate or higher (200 – 400 level) social and behavioral sciences; 8 credits of anatomy and physiology or general biology with labs; 3 credits of microbiology; 8 credits of chemistry with labs, 4 credits of physics with a lab, and 3 credits of statistics.  All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.  The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) for applicants is 2.5, with a minimum science GPA of 2.0.  Natural science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics) less than 10 years old are preferred.  Prerequisites are required for some of these courses that are above the required minimum. 

The Respiratory Care Program at Stony Brook also requires students to be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) offered by the American Heart Association (valid certification card required) prior to starting clinical rotations. HSQ 270 - Emergency Response, CPR and Personal Safety, is a 3 credit course offered at Stony Brook that will provide this certification and also count toward the minimum of 57 completed credits required of all applicants.

Stony Brook freshmen have the opportunity to declare respiratory care as a lower division major by making an appointment with the program director. Students successfully completing the lower division major are automatically advanced to the upper division professional program. Freshmen accepted into the lower division major must complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or better by the end of the sophomore year, pass HAT 210 - Introduction to Respiratory Care with a grade of B or better, and achieve both a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and a minimum science GPA of 2.0.

All students, except freshman declared majors , must submit an on-line application by the deadline (March 1) to be considered for admission into the upper division professional program.  Students can get information about the application process at: 

Requirements for the Polysomnography Specialty Option

The Respiratory Care Program also offers an accredited Polysomnography Specialty Option leading to a certificate of completion in Polysomnography for those senior students in the program that are in good academic standing who would like advanced education in sleep technology. The number of students enrolled in the Polysomnography Specialty Option is limited to approximately 15. Senior students in good academic standing and with no outstanding admission prerequisites are eligible to apply to the Polysomnography Specialty Option. A selection lottery is used if more than 15 students apply. Students who satisfactorily complete the Polysomnography Specialty Option curriculum are awarded a Polysomnography certificate of completion.


Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Graduates of the Polysomnography Specially Option are eligible to take the Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS) examination upon earning RRT credentials. Please visit for further information, exam eligibility, and requirements.

Graduates will also need to apply to the New York State Department of Education to obtain a license to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in New York State. Please visit: for further information.

For any additional information, please call 631-444-3180 or visit the Respiratory Care Program website at: