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Respiratory Care


About Respiratory Care

The program is a partnership between Santa Monica College (SMC) and East Los Angeles College (ELAC). Graduates earn an Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy. The program allows the graduate to take the Therapist Multiple‐Choice Examination (TMC) and, by achieving a high cut score on the TMC, become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE); passing both exams awards the graduate the Registered Respiration Therapy (RRT) credential. The RRT credential is required for licensure in the state of California.

All of the first‐year courses are offered on the SMC campus (except Respiratory Therapy 2 and 21, offered at the ELAC campus).

It is recommended that students who select Respiratory Therapy as their major make an appointment with the RT Faculty Advisor in the Santa Monica College Health Science Department. Applications for the Respiratory Therapy Program can be obtained online (go to the Respiratory Therapy website) and from the Health Science Department at SMC's Bundy Campus. Additional program information and/or an appointment may be made with the Respiratory Therapy faculty by calling 310-434‐3463.

Clinical training occurs in some of the most respected medical facilities in the United States (e.g., UCLA Medical Center and USC University Medical Center). Applicants must have a negative criminal background check and pass a drug screening procedure to participate in any clinical courses.

A Health Science Counseling appointment can be scheduled by calling 310-434-3443 or 310-434-3453.

Interested students should attend a Respiratory Therapy Information Session- RSVP through Corsair Connect. 

Degree Requirements

Program Offered

Degree Option

  • Respiratory Care

Transfer Options and Opportunities

SMC students have many options and opportunities for transfer. Make your choice and see what you need to qualify.

Completion of major requirements does not satisfy all transfer admission requirements to UC, CSU, California Private, Out of State, or International institutions.

Please note: Not all schools offer this major.

For additional information visit the Health Sciences department website.