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The ELAC RT Program has not yet reached its cohort limit and has extended the application deadline for the fall 2020 class until the end of the 1st summer session (July 19, 2020).
**Attention: Prospective Respiratory Therapy Students**
The East Los Angeles / Santa Monica College (ELAC/SMC) respiratory program is in the process of making a curriculum revision, as well as changing the admission criteria. 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.
This program provides students with a strong academic foundation and the clinical proficiency to utilize modern respiratory devices (under the direction of a physician) in the treatment of respiratory and cardiac ailments. In the fall 1996 semester, ELAC and SMC merged their respective Respiratory Therapy programs. This partnership provides increased access to medical and related clinical resources for students. Under the merged program, all prerequisite science courses and the "first year" Respiratory Therapy theory courses (with the exception of Respiratory Therapy 2, which must be taken at ELAC) can be taken at either campus. All "second year" Respiratory Therapy courses are taken at ELAC. Upon completion of the second year, students must then petition their originating campus for their Associate Degree.
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) nationally accredits respiratory care programs. The Respiratory Care Board of California, under the California Department of Consumer Affairs, licenses respiratory care practitioners.
The Respiratory Therapy Program is happy to announce the start of the Fall 2021 RT Application Period. Click on the above picture to download the Application.
Until further notice, the program is not accepting electronic applications, and the ONLY approved method to submit applications will be through the USPS sent directly to the campus. Please note that due to the continued LACCD Covid-9 campus access restrictions, applications may not be able to be reviewed until later in the spring semester.
Deadline: Last Day of Spring 2021.
Questions: Email us at RTProgram@elac.edu.
The Respiratory Therapy Program is happy to announce that Veterans and their current spouses get priority entry status if all pre-requisites are fulfilled.