Respiratory Therapy SMC

PDF fileProgram Application PDF fileRespiratory Therapy A.S.

Deadline: August 10

Apply today! Applications available to apply for fall semesters.

The ELAC/SMC program will be accepting new applications from February 1, 2018 to August 10, 2018. Upon meeting the prerequisite requirements for admission, an application for admission can be submitted at SMC RT offices. If prerequisites are in progress, please note the course as "IP" in the application. The respiratory therapy program admits 50 students annually between both the ELAC and SMC campuses. 

Admissions Requirements  

The East Los Angeles / Santa Monica College (ELAC/SMC) respiratory program has made modifications to the program admission criteria.

Effective Fall 2017, the program admission prerequisite requirements have changed to the following:

  • 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 - Intermediate Algebra (3 units or 5 units)

  • RES TH 1 - Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (2 units). Enroll today!

**Newly added Chemistry 19, can be taken in lieu of Chemistry 10. Recommended for allied health students like respiratory therapy students.

RES TH 2 is no longer a required prerequisite for admission to the program.  RES TH 2 will be part of first-year respiratory courses.

About the Respiratory Therapy Program

Santa Monica College in partnership with East Los Angeles College offers a unique consortium program, pooling resources and faculty from both community colleges making it one of the best programs in the state of California and the nation.

Why pay over $40,000 at a for-profit school when you can have the best of both worlds... great education, excellent clinical rotations at places like RRUCLA, LAC+USC, or Kaiser Permanente for only a fraction of the cost.

Respiratory Therapy Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Cohort

Enroll in RT 1- Fall 2018.

Many people have never heard about Respiratory Therapists - Some say, "it's like being a nurse, right?" No - 

Respiratory therapists do not have TV shows like Grey's Anatomy or Nurse Jackie, and when there is a medical emergency like a "code blue," all you will hear the physician say is "page RT..." 

Respiratory therapists are vital members of healthcare teams, work alongside physicians and nurses to help care for patients suffering from cardiopulmonary disease.

Advantages of the RT Program

Our program provides students with a tremendous wealth of resources to maximize their learning experience. The Respiratory Therapy Program offered through SMC is a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enter this exciting profession.  

  • Outstanding faculty 
  • Commitment to student success 
  • State of the art equipment 
  • Excellent preparation for RRT credentialing 
  • Great clinical experience, some of the best medical centers in the nation. (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, LAC+USC, Kaiser and more!) 
  • Low fees

Info Sessions

Learn more about what respiratory therapists do. This might be the health career you have been searching for. Attend an information session today!

For a detailed list of Respiratory Therapy information sessions, please review the RT Information Sessions flyer for Spring 2018. 

To sign up, log in to Corsair Connect and please follow the steps below:  

Corsair Connect, Enrollment Tab, “Counseling Services” found on left side menu, “Respiratory Therapy program Information Sessions"

Don't have an SMC ID, Sign up by calling (310) 434-3446.


Santa Monica College
Bundy Campus, Room 318
3171 S. Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 434-3453

Program Accreditation

The ELAC/SMC program is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Fax: 817-354-8519
Programmatic Outcomes Data:

The Respiratory Care Board of California
444 North 3rd Street, Suite 270
Sacramento, CA  95811
Main Telephone: (916) 323-9983
Toll-Free in California (866) 375-0386
Fax: (916) 323-9999

License exam passing rates:

Note: The Respiratory Therapy program at SMC is a partnership with East Los Angeles College and offers a unique consortium program that pools resources and faculty from both community colleges. As a result, the license exam rates for this program is under "East Los Angeles College" on the website.


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