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.


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 advisor 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.