Trinity College

Graduation Requirements

Respiratory Care Graduation Requirements

To meet graduation requirements, students must:
  • Complete the Comprehensive Self-Assessment Examination (SAE)
  • Fulfill the course requirements of the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care curriculum
  • Complete the last 26 semester hours in Respiratory Care at the College
  • Earn a minimum of 75 hours of credit attaining a "C" (2.0) cumulative grade point average which includes a "C" or above in each required respiratory care and general education course in the curriculum
  • Meet all financial obligations incurred with the College
  • Be recommended by faculty and approved for graduation by the College Governing Board

No degree will be awarded until all requirements are met.

Certification/Licensure Requirements

A graduate of the program is eligible to sit for the Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc.
18000 West 105th Street
Olathe, Kansas 66061

The Therapist Multiple Choice examination (TMC) is designed to objectively measure essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of respiratory therapists. The examination consists of 160 multiple choice questions distributed among three major content areas: clinical data, equipment and therapeutic procedures. Twenty of the 160 questions are being pretested for the future, which means that response for 140 questions will count towards the candidates' score.

There will be two established cut scores for the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination. If a candidate achieves the lower cut score, the candidate will earn the CRT credential. If a candidate achieves the higher cut score, the candidate will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination.

The Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) consists of 22 problems two of the 22 problems are being pretested for the future, which means that responses to 20 problems will count toward candidates' scores.

The higher cut score on the Therapist Multiple Choice Exam and a passing attempt on the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE), will award the candidate the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) must provide evidence that they are continuing to meet current standards of practice and have successfully renewed their national credentials issued by the NBRC. Refer to the NBRC website ( for details.

Policies for licensure vary with each state. In general, a student with a felony conviction may have difficulty in obtaining a state license. An individual application is reviewed on a case by case basis. Applicants with felony convictions are encouraged to contact the licensing agency in the state in which they wish to practice.