Application and Admissions Process

Future students can apply to the ELAC/SMC Respiratory Therapy program during the open application period, from February 1 to August 12. The student must submit documentation that all program pre-requisites courses have been completed. 

Contact the Respiratory Therapy program at (310) 434-3446 for an application or for a counseling appointment. You may also download an application from the link below.

ELAC/SMC RT Program Application

For purposes of application to the RT Program, college transcripts covering all program pre-requisite coursework must be submitted with the application.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

PDF file Program Application 

*Requirements for admission are subject to change.

Transcripts

For purposes of evaluating general education requirements for the Associate in Science degree, official transcripts must be mailed directly from all colleges to:    

Santa Monica College
Admissions & Records Office
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA  90405

Preparing for the Respiratory Therapy Major

Students seeking admission to the Respiratory Therapy major should consider the following information:

  • Prospective applicants should consider taking the introductory RT course (RT 1) to find out more about the program and the profession.

  • To find out more about the SMC RT Program, appointments with the RT Faculty adviser are available by calling for an appointment, Call (310) 434-3463.

  • Applicants must have a negative criminal background check and pass a drug screening procedure to participate in any clinical classes.

  • SMC’s RT Program is an “Advanced Practice” level Program, with excellent passing rates in national board exams.

  • Clinical experience will be arranged in a variety of excellent medical facilities throughout the greater LA area.

  • Before entering into clinical training, students are required to take a state-approved “Legal Obligations and Ethical Responsibilities of Respiratory Care Practitioners in CA” course.

  • The costs associated with the program over the two years are approximately $5,000-$6,000.

*Enrollment in the respiratory therapy program is open to persons regardless of sex, age, marital status, disability, ethnic group, religion or national origin.