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​​​​​Santa Monica College/East Los Angeles College Respiratory Therapy Program

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About the 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. ​

Prospective Respiratory Therapy Students

​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)

**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 be a required prerequisite to admission to the program. RES TH 2 will part of first-year respiratory courses. 

Accepting Applications for Fall 2017 cohort - Apply today!

W​hy 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 for only a fraction of the cost.

Enroll in RT 1- Spring 2017! 

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

Respiratory Therapist  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 Therapist are vital members of healthcare teams, work a long side physician and nurses to help care for patients suffering from cardiopulmonary disease.   

Learn more about what Respiratory Therapist do. This might be the health career you have been searching for.​ Attend an information session -

Information dession dates ​        ​

Enroll in RES TH 1 today!


Appli​cation period opens February 1, 2017: RT_application_11_21_16.pdf

The ELAC/SMC program will be accepting new applications from February 1, 2017 to August 12, 2017.  Upon meeting the prerequisite requirements for admission, an application for admission can be submitted at either ELAC or SMC RT offices. The respiratory therapy program admits 50 students annually between both the ELAC and SMC campuses. 


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