Applications for the respiratory therapy program will be accepted annually from August 15 through May 1, or until the program is filled. An official copy of all high school and college transcripts must be submitted to Enrollment Services before application is processed. Applicants will receive notification of admission status beginning October 1.

Program Requirements

Your high school and/or college transcript must indicate a grade of ‘C’ or better in algebra I and either biology, chemistry, or physics. Algebra I part 1, basic algebra, applied biology, and consumer chemistry do not satisfy pre-requisite requirement. Algebra I parts 1 and 2 will satisfy the algebra I requirement. If you do not have a ‘C’ or better in high school and/or college pre-requisite courses we will suspend processing your application at this time and you must schedule a meeting with the Respiratory Therapy faculty immediately to develop a plan to complete the pre-requisites. The respiratory therapy faculty include Wes Mullins and Isaac Sharrett. You may reach them by phone at 276-523-9017 or 276-523-9021 respectively, or by email at and  

Residency Requirements

Applicants who have lived permanently in the following jurisdictions for twelve months prior to June 1 will receive priority consideration for admission as long as they meet the minimum admission requirements:

  • Virginia: Lee, Wise, Scott, and Dickenson Counties, and the City of Norton
  • Tennessee: Sullivan, Hancock, and Hawkins Counties
  • Kentucky: Letcher, Harlan, and Pike Counties

Residents from all other jurisdictions will not be admitted unless space remains available after these have been admitted. Although we welcome admission applications from students from other jurisdictions, based on recent experience, it is unlikely that students from a jurisdiction other than the locations listed above will gain admission to the program.

If you have a question regarding your jurisdiction status, please contact Enrollment Services immediately upon applying to the program.

Nondiscrimination Policy:

Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) is an open entry institution. Its mission is to provide quality higher education and workforce training programs and services that are financially and geographically accessible and meet individual, business, and community needs. The following pathways exist:

Allied Health; Arts & Music; Business; College Transfer; Construction; Education; Engineering; Environmental; Health; Sciences; Manufacturing; Public Safety; Technology

MECC is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personal practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.

Harassment of an individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission has no place in a learning or work environment and is prohibited. Sexual violence has no place in a learning or work environment. Further, MECC shall work to eliminate violence in all its forms. Physical contact by designated system, college, and university staff members may be appropriate if necessary to avoid physical harm to persons or property.

Lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.  In order to eliminate barriers, we take appropriate measures to assess each student’s ability to participate and benefit through placement testing and counseling.  Based on the assessment and counseling, students are then provided with campus services or a referral to community services to be better prepared for successful participation.

Nondiscrimination Coordinators:

  • Title IX Coordinator – Ron Vicars, Room 136, Godwin Hall, 276-523-7478
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Students) – Lelia Bradshaw, Room 133, Holton Hall, 276-523-9107
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Employees) – Val Lee, Room 138, Godwin Hall, 276-523-9079
  • Disabilities Coordinator – Dale Lee, Room 131, Holton Hall, 276-523-9108

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