A Message From Our Leadership Team

Welcome to the East Los Angeles College Respiratory Therapy Department Website. The Respiratory Therapy Program is a comprehensive and highly respected 2-year program that prepares students for a career in the Respiratory Care field. Our Program combines classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory and clinical experience to give students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed as Respiratory Therapists. Graduates of the program are in high demand and have a strong track record of success in their careers. If you're interested in a career that helps patients breathe better, that provides you with a chance to interact with patients, then the East Los Angeles College Respiratory Therapy Program is an excellent choice for you.

Respiratory Therapy Announcements

Respiratory Therapy Announcements

1. We are happy to announce that our Chairperson has decided to extend the application deadline. This means that the new deadline to apply will be:

Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11:59pm.

2. The Respiratory Therapy Department is happy to announce that we will be having a RT-101 8-Week Session starting the second half of this Spring 2023. Below is the information regarding this new open class. Register as soon as possible!

Class Name
Section #
Days (start and end dates)
Resp Th 101: Survey of Respiratory Therapy
April 10, 2023 - June 05, 2023
08:00AM- 12:15PM

3. The next RT Application submission period will begin Thursday, September 1, 2022, and it will end on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11:59pm.

4 The ELAC RT Department is happy to announce that we will be offering Spring 2023 RT Zoom Information Day Sessions for all potential students. During each of our zoom sessions, we will provide you information regarding the RT Pre-Requisites, the Application Process, the Multi-Grading evaluation process. All sessions will end with a question and answer for you to ask our RT Directors and Faculty any concerns you might have regarding the RT Program and Career.

Zoom Information for all Spring 2023 Sessions:

All zoom dates will be held at the following zoom link: https://laccd.zoom.us/j/8959573673



Friday, February 24, 2023 11:00AM
Friday, March 10, 2023 1:00PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 6:00PM
Friday, May 12, 2023 11:00PM


August 6, 2020
Office of the President
(323) 265-8663 | PresidentsOffice@elac.edu

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

Andy Ta Respiratory Therapist

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.




The next RT Application submission period will begin Thursday, September 1, 2022, and it will end on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 11:59pm

  1. You must have completed the following prerequisites prior to applying:
    1. RT-101: Survey of Respiratory Therapy. (2 Units)
    2. HTH-TEK 133: Medical Terminology. (3 Units)
    3. Anatomy 001 or Bio 020: Human Anatomy w/ Lab. (4 Units)
    4. Physiology 001 or Bio 020: Human Physiology w/ Lab. (4 Units)
    5. Chem 051 or 065: Introduction to General Chemistry. (4-5 Units)
    6. Math 125 or higher. (4-5 Units)
    7. Comm 101 or Comm 121 (3 Units)
  2. For an application, you will follow the instructions found on the link below: https://forms.gle/tBNVMxwLLwVj4uYB8

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy or CoARC is the Accrediting Body for the East Los Angeles Respiratory Therapy Program. Below is more information about CoARC:

  1. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.CoARC's Outcome Webpage is https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/
  2. CoARC's Main Webpage is: www.coarc.com
  3. East Los Angeles College's Respiratory Therapy Program Number is: 200102


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) :

264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN  37690

Website: www.coarc.com

Respiratory Therapy Links

AARC (American Association of Respiratory Care)
CSRC (California Society for Respiratory Care)
CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care)
NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care)
RCB (Respiratory Care Board of California)
BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Contact Information

Office Location

Dept. Locations G5-211 & C2-126A


For Questions or Comments
Send us an email to our RT Email Address
Email: RTProgram@elac.edu

Dept. Location: G5-211

Michael Haines
Chairperson and Director of Clinical Education
Email: Hainesms@elac.edu
Phone: (323) 265-8711

Dept. Location: G5-211

Allan Gonzales
Program Director
Email: Gonzala22@laccd.edu
Phone: (323) 265-8647


Juan Loza
Senior Office Assistant
Email: Lozaj@elac.edu
Phone: (323) 265-8813