Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What are the prerequisite courses needed to apply to the Respiratory Therapy (RT) program?
A. Satisfactory completion of each of the following college courses:
Program-applicable courses to be completed prior to admission:
- Human Anatomy 1 or Biology 20
- Human Physiology 1 or Biology 20
- General Microbiology 20
- Chemistry 51 or 65
- Communication 101 or 121
- Intermediate Algebra 125
- Reading & Composition 101
- Respiratory Therapy 1 & 2
Q. What is the required GPA for all the coursework prerequisites?
A. All required coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better (2.0 GPA); with an overall 2.5 GPA in the science courses.
Q. What are the science courses requiring an overall 2.5 GPA?
A. Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology & Chemistry.
Q. Do transfer students have to retake the prerequisite courses at ELAC?
A. Using their transcripts as proof of completion, students can initiate the "General Petition" in the Admissions Office requesting that credit be granted for those courses which the student feels they are eligible.
Q. Where do transfer students attempting to join the program turn their transcripts in?
A. To both the RT office and the Admissions Office to initiate a "General Petition."
Q. When does the program accept applications?
A. 2-month period from March 1st to April 30th.
Q. When does the program begin annually?
A. Each fall semester, a cohort of 50 students (between both ELAC & SMC campuses) begins a two-year program curriculum.
Q. How are students selected for admission into the program?
A. Students are selected by lottery and placed according to their lottery number.
Q. Where do I obtain an application to apply for the RT program?
A. The application can be found on the following link in the ELAC webpage: http://www.elac.edu/departments/lifescience/respiratorytherapy/doc/RTProgramApplication.pdf
Q. What paperwork must I submit along with the application?
A. Official transcripts are necessary to verify completion of the required prerequisite coursework.
Q. If my transcripts are not ready at the time of submitting my application to the program, will my application still be reviewed?
A. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Q. Do I submit my program application or transcripts to the Admissions Office at ELAC?
A. No. A complete application, including transcripts, must be turned into the RT office.
Q. How will I know if I was accepted into the program?
A. Applicants are notified via email; approximately 8 weeks after the application deadline.
Q. What must a student do once he/she receives an acceptance letter via email?
A. The candidate is expected and responsible for scheduling an appointment with a RT Counselor, as well as attending a mandatory orientation.
Q. Once admitted into the program, what is the duration of time before obtaining an A.S. degree.
A. Approximately 22 months; given, that they have completed all General Education requirements.
Q. How do I know what classes I need to take once I'm admitted into the program?
A. Once formally admitted, the student will be assigned a RT advisor, who will work with the student to establish their written "RT Education Plan."
Q. How are the RT courses scheduled?
A. In sequential order each semester, and must be completed before progressing to the next semester.
Q. Is it possible for students to work and be part of the program?
A. It is possible to work a part-time job during the 1st-year theory course work. However, it poses a serious challenge for students during the 2nd-year clinical coursework due to the added demand of the clinical component. Thus, it is highly discouraged . . . if at all possible.
Q. Is the RT program offering any evening or weekend classes?
A. Not at this time.
Q. Is it possible to take a leave of absence once the student has been admitted into the program?
A. Yes, due to extenuating circumstances (i.e., health concerns, emergencies, etc.).
Q. What requirements need to be met before students can start the clinical phase of the program?
A. Providing the following:
- A clear background check
- A complete physical examination
- Purchase of malpractice insurance
Q. What happens if the background check is not clear of discrepancies (i.e., felonies, misdemeanors, etc.)?
A. Unfortunately, the student may not be admitted into the clinical component of the program.
Q. When does the malpractice insurance have to be purchased?
A. The malpractice insurance needs to be purchased prior to the start of the clinical rotations.
Q. Does the program assist students with general education (GE) academic advisement to meet ELAC's Associate Degree GE requirements?
A. No. Students must meet with an ELAC academic counselor to review their preparation in meeting these requirements.
Q. Can students enter the program before completing the degree requirements?
A. No. However, RT students are exempt from taking the Health requirement.
Q. Once I complete the RT coursework, who will be responsible for providing my accreditation?
A. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) nationally accredits the Respiratory Therapist.
Q. Are students from another RT program allowed to transfer into the ELAC/SMC RT program?
A. Transfer students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the RT admissions faculty for respiratory course transfer credit. Additionally a "General Petition" form must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office, along with syllabi and college catalog course descriptions for the courses. Lastly, transfer students must submit a letter from their former RT Program Clinical Director stating they are clinically safe.