Respiratory Care Admission Requirements for Fall 2024


Application inquiries may be directed to:

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Attend a Mandatory Information Session

Applicants must attend a Mandatory Information Session during the academic year prior to admission (after August 2023). Upcoming dates are available by visiting hereAttendance will be recorded.




Take the ATI TEAS Exam

The preferred site for the ATI TEAS exam is North Shore Community College. Online TEAS exams are not accepted at this time. Students must take the ATI TEAS Version 7. Students whose score reports reflect that they have tested more than two times or at another location other than NSCC must also submit an official TEAS transcript from ATI: Additional charges may apply. TEAS inquiries may be directed to:

Applicants are limited to three attempts within an academic year (September 1- August 31), regardless of the testing site and program to which they are applying.

Each of the following sections must be taken: Reading; Math; Science and English.

Minimum required scores: Reading = 65%, Math = 60%, Science = 44%, and English = no minimum score.

Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Science degree from an academic institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will have the TEAS requirement waived. 



Submit NSCC Online Application for Admission

Submit the Selective Admissions online application for the year for which you are applying; regardless of whether you are a new or current student (a previously submitted application does not count).



Once you submit your application, the remaining required documents (below) may be uploaded to your account.


High School Transcript or GED score report

Upload a copy of your high school transcript or GED score report to your NSCC's online application for admission.


*If you previously submitted the transcript or score report and attended classes within the past 5 years, then Enrollment likely has it on file.  You can confirm by emailing:


Math Requirement 

Complete ONE of the following (no time limit on any of the following):


  • MAT091, MAT094, MAT002, or MAT061 or equivalent with a final grade of C or higher

  • Module 8 or higher

  • Math proficiency and CEAR score of 54/NGQA score of 262 or higher

  • Math ACT score of 22 or higher

  • PSAT Math Score of 540 or higher

  • Math SAT score of 510 or higher (if taken prior to 2016)

  • Math SAT score of 540 or higher (if taken in 2016 or later)


Chemistry Requirement 

Course can be High School or College level; must have a final grade of C or higher (no time limit).


Biology Requirement 

Complete ONE of the following courses or testing options OR submit a written plan explaining how this requirement will be completed by the end of the Spring 2024 semester:


  • BIO211 with a grade of C or higher

  • BIO101 or BIO105 with a grade of C or higher (no time limit)

  • TEAS version V or later - Science section score of 50% or higher (no time limit)

  • LPN Certificate (no time limit)

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological science (no time limit)

  • One of the following within the past 5 calendar years:

    • H.S. Biology with a C or higher

    • CLEP test with a score of 50 or higher

    • AP Biology Test with a 3 or higher


Demonstrate Communications Proficiency

There are many ways to demonstrate this. (See link below.) If you have demonstrated proficiency with your SAT scores or Accuplacer testing from another institution, please upload that document to your application. If you have demonstrated proficiency with your high school GPA or with college level courses, this will be updated upon review of your submitted materials.


Ways to demonstrate Communications Proficiency >


Submit Official Transcripts From All Colleges/Universities Previously Attended

All official college transcripts from previously attended Colleges/Universities must be submitted directly to NSCC and uploaded by Admissions staff. If you have previously submitted transcripts and have since completed courses or are currently registered for courses, then you need to submit an updated transcript.


Transcripts may be sent in one of these ways:


  1. Electronically, from your college(s) to NSCC at:

  2. Mailed to:
    North Shore Community College
    Attn: Admissions/Health Programs
    1 Ferncroft Rd.
    Danvers, MA 01923


Transfer students from another accredited Respiratory Care Program must also provide:


  • an official transcript proving enrollment in Respiratory Care within the last 3 years

  • course syllabi from all previous Respiratory Care courses. Additional documents can be emailed to:


Word-Processed Essay

A word-processed essay written in the English language must be uploaded for the year in which you are applying. Please compose an essay detailing your answer to the following question:


  • Why would you like to pursue a career in Respiratory Care and what qualities do you feel would make you a good candidate for our program?


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North Shore Community College is an accredited public institute of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. NSCC is accredited by NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education.

NSCC’s Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). NSCC’s program number is 200213.


CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. CoARC Programmatic Outcomes

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CoARC Recipient of the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success award 2015, and 2017-2020.



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