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Cardiopulmonary Science Program

Department of Allied Health Sciences

How to Apply

Applicants must meet the following ETSU (refer to catalog) and program admission requirements:

  • A college GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (developmental studies grades/quality points excluded);
  • Complete prerequisite courses with a minimum of "C-" or better in each course within the first two attempts;
  • Complete 16 credit hours (minimum) from the general education core (NOT including prerequisite courses) maintaining a 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale, and,
  • Meet specific health requirements and essential functions.

Admission to the BSAH professional curriculum is a competitive process and separate from admission to ETSU. Application deadline is April 1.

Please review carefully the material on the following linked pages:


If you have not already done so, please call our Admissions Office at 423-439-5050 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM to schedule an advisement appointment with one of the CPSC faculty members as soon as possible.

A limited number of students will be admitted annually to the professional phase. To gain concentration (professional phase) admittance, all admission and academic requirements and health and technical standards must be satisfactorily completed. Allied health prerequisite classes (ALHE 2010 and 2020) will be offered during the summer session. Female applicants are advised that a pregnancy policy, inclusive of the NRCs regulations regarding the declared pregnant student (declared pregnant worker), and student matriculation options have been adopted. All applicants are required to view the AARC video "Life and Breath"  and to submit a 1-2 page essay on why they want to enter the profession of Respiratory Therapy and why they are a "good fit" for the profession. Submit the essay via email to .  All applicants meeting published academic program requirements will be scheduled for an interview with the admissions committee.

Allied Health classes and laboratories are scheduled through the Department of Allied Health Sciences located at the Nave Center in Elizabethton. Additional courses (i.e., anatomy and physiology, speech) are available on the main and/or other area campuses. Clinical education is available at local health agencies:

Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN
Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Elizabethton, TN
Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Erwin, TN
Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville, TN
Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, Johnson City, TN
Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Johnson City, TN
Pulmonary Associates (Sleep), Johnson City, TN
Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
Indian Path Medical Center, Kingsport, TN
Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, VA
Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC
Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN
Wexford House, Kingsport, TN
University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN



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