Thomas Jefferson University/National Jewish Health - Respiratory Therapy

Basic Information

Address: 901 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 2155035005

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Additional Information


At Jefferson, we are reimagining diversity and inclusion to promote and cultivate an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of our patients, families, students, workforce, and the communities we serve. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment is fundamental to our mission for the advancement of education and health and the achievement of health equity. We recognize and respect the rich diversity of our enterprise and are committed to intentional programming focused on creating an environment of belonging for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Admission Requirements:

The Entry Into Practice Respiratory Therapy program at TJU is both competitive and selective.
Thus, not every student who applies will be accepted into the program. Students wishing to enter
the Entry Into Practice BSRT program must meet the following criteria for admission:
• Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is strongly recommended
• Completed the pre-requisite and general education courses listed in the table below

Prerequisite & General Education Course Requirements
Chemistry I w/lab* 4 credits
Anatomy & Physiology I* w/lab 4 credits
Anatomy & Physiology II* w/lab 4 credits
Microbiology w/ Lab* 4 credits
Other Sciences*: Physics (strongly recommended but not required), Biology,
Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, or upper-level biology or chemistry courses 8 credits
Mathematics (Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus) 3 credits
Statistics 3 credits
English or Writing Intensive 6 credits
Humanities: Philosophy, English, History, Art, Language 6 credits
Ethics 3 credits
Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
Social Science: Anthropology, economics, political science, sociology 3 credits
Medical Terminology 3 credits
Free electives** 6 credits

Prerequisite Coursework Requirements:
- All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution or at TJU.
- Prerequisite courses are required to be completed with a grade of “C” or above.
- Non-science prerequisite credit can be earned through standardized tests such as AP, IB, and
- Credits are calculated on a semester scale; if courses are taken on a quarter scale, they may not be
equivalent. Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions.
* The Science courses must be completed within 10 years of enrollment to Jefferson
**Acceptable elective courses are theory-based—not performance-based—coursework. We will not
accept coursework that is remedial or review in nature, or courses taken as Pass/Fail.

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

July 15

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Mission Statement:

We Improve Lives.
We are a university with preeminence in transdisciplinary, experiential professional education,
research and discovery, delivering exceptional value for 21st century students with excellence in
architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion & textiles, health, science and social science -
infused with the liberal arts.

The Jefferson College of Health Professions (JCHP) is committed to educating healthcare
professionals of the highest quality and ethical standards for contemporary practice in the global

We improve lives by providing a high-quality academic program to produce competent respiratory
therapy practitioners who can demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of
the healthcare community, demonstrate leadership in improving clinical care, and contribute to

Program Information:

Program Overview

Jefferson College of Health Professions, in collaboration with National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado offers a Bachelor Degree in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT).

Program Highlights

  • Earn 60 credits of major respiratory therapy foundational courses
  • Take all didactic coursework online
  • Complete Clinical and Lab experiences at local affiliated institutions in either the Philadelphia-metro or Denver-metro areas

Program Contact Information
Jerin George Juby, DMgt, RRT
Program Director, BS in Respiratory Therapy
Phone: 215-503-5005

Karsten Roberts, MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, FAARC
Director of Clinical Education, BS in Respiratory Therapy
Phone: 215-503-5245

Accreditation Status

Entry into Practice
The Thomas Jefferson University/National Jewish Health, program # 200652, BS RT Entry into Practice, in Philadelphia, PA, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.