The Respiratory Therapy Application period for the 2022 RT Cohort has closed on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

For those of you that submitted an RT Application prior to the April 16, 2022, deadline, know that there will be three phases of communication with you.

  • Phase 1: Receipt or acknowledgment of RT Application submission will occur between April 18, 2022 through April 29, 2022.
  • Phase 2: Between May 5, 2022 through May 20, 2022, we will be reaching out to those applicants that are missing any other information (this doesn't include Spring 2022 "IN PROGRESS" RT pre-requisite classes.)
  • Phase 3: Between June 7, 2022 and June 30, 2022.
    • Request for Spring 2022 RT Pre-requisites will be requested of those students that are missing these grades.
    • The selection of these 2022-2024 cohort will be made. 
  • Phase 4: Notification to students of their final status will be given to all applicants between June 30, 2022  and July 15, 2022.

The next application submission period will begin on November 2022 and run through April 2023. Please come back to this site on November 1, 2022, to see if any changes have occurred in the Respiratory Therapy Application process. 


For any questions that you have regarding the application process, you can reach us via email at



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ELAC Respiratory Therapy Alumni, Andrew Ta, Recognized on ABC7 Health Care Heroes

ELAC Respiratory Therapy Alumni, Andrew Ta, Recognized on ABC7 Health Care Heroes

Monterey Park, CA – On August 4th at 5:00 p.m., ABC7 aired a video showing local Health Care Heroes featuring an alumnus of the East Los Angeles College Respiratory Therapy program, Mr. Andrew Ta. ABC7 Eyewitness News features individuals and groups who make SoCal strong every week.

Andy was nominated for this recognition by his Nurse Case Manager at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, where he currently works. Andy attended ELAC from the Summer of 2014 through the Fall of 2017, graduating with an AS degree in Respiratory Therapy. When asked what he enjoyed most about attending ELAC, Andy said, “It was a very engaging and fun environment to learn the field of respiratory therapy.” After he graduated from ELAC, it took Andy about three months to find a job in the field that he studied for. “It’s all about consistency,” he said, referring to his job placement skills.

“Like so many of our students, Andy struggled at the beginning of the program, but he had a terrific work ethic that helped him persevere,” said ELAC Respiratory Therapy Program Director and Professor, Ms. Kevin M. Booth. “Once he entered the clinical environment, he really 'got' it. Andy was very personable with and considerate of both his peers and instructors, but the most distinguishing factor for me was his smile, which unfortunately because of the COVID crisis, isn't visible in the ABC7 photo. I'm betting that it's there, though: a big, contagious grin that just makes everyone who sees it want to start smiling, too.”

“It is truly rewarding to see one of our former students doing great work in our community, especially during these unprecedented times,” said ELAC Interim President, Dr. Alberto J. Román.

Andy has been working at Torrance Memorial Medical Center for close to three years now, and is also currently enrolled at Boise State University to earn a BS degree in Respiratory Therapy.

The ABC7 Health Care Heroes video segment can be viewed below.