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Message From The RT Program Director

Dear Prospective RT Program Applicant,

Thank you for your inquiry into the ELAC / SMC RT Program; in the paragraphs below is a summary of what must occur in order to apply to the program, as well as how the class selection process works.

The program accepts a maximum of fifty (50) students annually each fall. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year until the end of the spring semester of every year. If the number of applications exceeds the maximum permitted, all non-priority applicants are placed into a pool for a blind lottery draw. This draw will also include an additional group of five (5) names who will be the cohort alternates should any member of the selected cohort withdraw before the census deadline of the fall semester. Class selection occurs in early summer annually.

Once a student has successfully completed all six (6) of the program prerequisites classes with a grade of "C” or better, they are eligible to submit the application to the program. All of the Program admission prerequisites (A total of six [6)] for this upcoming academic year) can be found on the current application, which can be located on the Program web-page via this link:

Coursework taken outside of the Los Angeles Community College District must be submitted via official transcripts, sent directly from the originating school to ELAC. Coursework taken outside of the United States must first be evaluated for equivalency before it can be used to satisfy program and/or college prerequisites. More information about that process can be located at this link: Please follow application instructions carefully regarding the submission of transcripts.

Applications must be submitted to the RT Program Office, either through the campus mail system or mailed to the program. The RT office is located the C2-126A portable on the west side of campus across from the Men's gymnasium and the parking structure on Avenida Cesar Chavez. The campus mailroom is located on the ground floor of the E1 building, across from the campus reprographics office.

Applicants should also contact the ELAC Counseling department for their availability for a face-to-face appointment to review what, if any, other courses will be needed to satisfy the AS degree requirements outside of the core RT classes. The department also offers but they also have e-chat, email and other electronic counseling options. The link to their website is here:

Also pay close attention to which classes (Microbiology & Physiology, for example) have prerequisites (Anatomy & Chemistry) that need to be completed in order to enroll in those more advanced classes, as well as the age of the classes of Microbiology & Physiology, as these two must have been completed no more than seven (7) years prior to the application submission.

Lastly, please be aware that despite the average semester unit totals, the ELAC / SMC RT Program is considered a full-time program that is offered primarily during the daytime until the clinical year, with classes offered on every day of the week. At this time, there is no part-time option.

Thank you again for your interest in the ELAC / SMC RT Program and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me again if you have further question about the program or application process.

Best of luck to you as you begin this journey! We look forward to helping start your journey to becoming a respected and in-demand member of the healthcare team.

Ms. Kevin M. Booth, RRT, RCP, Professor
Allied Health Department: East Los Angeles College
Respiratory Therapy Program Director (#200102)
AH Academic Senate Representative
RT Club co-Advisor
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, California 91754-6099
323-265-8612 (Office) in G5: 211-T
323-415-5007 (fax)