Undergraduate Programs

Respiratory Therapy
Academic Requirements

Students must comply with the academic regulations and policies of Indiana University and the School of Medicine Health Professions Programs. Additionally, the following regulations and policies govern the professional portion of the Respiratory Therapy Program.

General Policies and Regulations

  1. Students are required to obtain a grade of C or higher in all professional course work. 
  2. Students who receive a grade of C- or lower in a professional course may be dismissed from the program. Students who are dismissed may reapply for admission the following year with approval of the program faculty and the HPP Advisory Committee.
  3. Students must maintain American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) status throughout their term in the Respiratory Therapy Program.


  1. A student will be placed on probation if the semester and/or cumulative GPA falls below 2.30.
  2. A student will be placed on probation if there is a failure to progress either academically or professionally. Probation resulting from a failure to progress is not limited to these examples: 
    • failure to maintain BLS status;
    • poor attendance in classroom, clinical, or laboratory classes resulting in poor academic progress and performance;
    • failure to meet academic standards as set forth in the course syllabus, such as failure to turn in papers and assignments, resulting in poor academic progress and performance;
    • failure to conform to the American Association for Respiratory Care Code of Ethics and/or clinical performance characteristics as set forth in the Program Handbook and Clinical Syllabus;
    • lack of clinical progress, failure to demonstrate clinical patient safety, or failure to advance through the clinical skills progression; or
    • any critical incidence documentation for unsafe or poor clinical performance.
  3. As a condition of probation, the student will be notified of conditions and requirements necessary for remediation for continuation in the program. When the student satisfactorily completes all program requirements, as well as those stipulated by the school and university, and when the reason for the administrative action has been corrected or the deficiency remediated, the student will be returned to good standing. All probationary actions are reviewed at the end of each semester.


Upon the recommendation of the faculty in the student's program, a student may be dismissed from the school. Dismissal is based on the failure to meet academic or professional standards. The student will be informed of the dismissal in writing by the dean.

  1. A student may be dismissed from the program if a grade of C- or lower is recorded for any professional course.
  2. A student will be dismissed from the program if probationary status is continued for two consecutive semesters. In addition, once placed on probation, a student will be dismissed from the program if continued poor academic performance, unsafe or poor clinical performance, or unprofessional behavior is documented (including documentation of a critical incident).
  3. A student will be dismissed from the program if there is failure to complete the bachelor's degree within three years of the initial admission to the professional program.

Appeals Procedure

On occasion, students and faculty will have differing perceptions or accounts of situations or events. It is important for the parties directly involved to discuss their differences honestly in order to reach a solution. However, if no mutually satisfactory resolution can be reached in these discussions, the matter may be appealed in accordance with the school's appeals policy.

Last Updated: February 8, 2012