Program Pre-Requisites:  (27 or 29 units)

Anatomy 1 - Human Anatomy with Lab (4 units)​

Physiology 3 - Human physiology with Lab (4 units)

Chemistry 10 or 19** - Introduction to general chemistry (5 units)

Microbiology 1 - Fundamentals of microbiology (5 units)

English 1- Reading and composition (3 units)

Communication studies, 11 or 35 or 37  - Oral communication (3 units)

Math 18 or 20 or higher - Intermediate Algebra (3 units or 5 units)

First Year

Once students are admitted to the program, an Education Plan is developed that must be followed:

Fall Semester 1: (13 units)

RES TH 1 - Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (2 units)​**

RES TH 60, Respiratory Physiology (4)

RES TH 2, Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy (4)

Physics 12 or 14 or higher- Introductory physics (3)

**Students highly encouraged take this course prior to application to the program as it provides a good overview of the profession.

Spring Semester 2: (11 units)

RES TH 30, Adult Critical Care Monitoring and Diagnostics (3)

RES TH 70, Respiratory Pathophysiology (4)

RES TH 29, Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy (4)

Second Year

All Respiratory Therapy coursework from this point on in the program is on the ELAC campus. These courses are transferred back to SMC upon program completion and applied toward the SMC Associate Degree requirements.

Summer Session 3: (4 units)

RESP TH 15, Introduction to Clinical Experience  (4)

Fall Semester 4: (11 units)

RESP TH 3, Application of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience I (5)

RESP TH 4, Application of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience II (5)

RESP TH 28, Respiratory Clinical Problem-Solving I (1)

Spring Semester 6: (11 units)

RESP TH 5, Application of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience III (5)

RESP TH 11, Application of Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Experience IV​ (5)

RESP TH 28, Respiratory Clinical Problem-Solving  II (1)


All program RT courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better to meet the CA Respiratory Care Board Licensure requirements.

Physiology and ​Microbiology must be completed within the last 7 years at time of entry into RT Program.

Students must obtain an Associate Degree from Santa Monica College upon completion of the program requirements, in order to meet minimum CA licensure requirements.