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Respiratory Therapy Curriculum


PROGRAM PRE-REQUISITES:  (27or 31 units)

Anatomy 1 (4)

Physiology 3 (4)

Chemistry 10 (5) or Chem 19 (5)

Communication Studies 11 (3) or 35 (3) or 37 (3)

English 1 (3)

Microbiology 1, Fundamentals (5)

Math 18 (3) or 20 (5)

RT 1,    Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (2)**

**May be taken prio to admission to the program, strongly recommend to taken prior to application to the program.

Physics 12 may be taken prior to entry into RT program (Recommended)

Once students are admitted to the program, an Education Plan is developed that must be followed:

Fall Semester 1: (11 units)

RT 60, Respiratory Physiology (4)

RT 2,    Fundamentals of RT (4)
ONLY offered on the ELAC campus

RT 21- Respiratory Physics (3)* 

*Physics 12 (3) may be taken in lieu of RT 21

Spring Semester 2: (7 units)

RES TH 30, Adult Critical Care Monitoring and Diagnostics (3)
RES TH 70, Respiratory Pathophysiology (4)


All RT coursework from this point on in the program is on the ELAC campus, except for RT 29 which is also offered at SMC.
  These courses are transferred back to SMC upon program completion and applied toward the SMC Associate Degree requirements.

Summer Session 3: (4 units)

RESP TH 15, Introduction to Clinical Experience (4)

Fall Semester 4: (11 units)

RESP TH 15, Application of Respiratory and Clinical Experience I (5)
RT 4, Application of Respiratory and Clinical Experience II (5)
RT 27, Physician Respiratory Care Clinical Rounds (1)

Winter Session 5: (4 unit)

RES TH 29, Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy (4)

 Spring Semester 6: (11 units)

RESP TH 5, Application of Respiratory and Clinical Experience I (5)
RESP TH 11, Application of Respiratory and Clinical Experience I (5)
RT 28, Physician Respiratory Care Clinical Rounds  II (1)


All program RT courses must be completed with a ā€œCā€ grade or better to meet the CA Respiratory Care Board Licensure requirements. 

Physiology and Microbiology must be completed within the last 7 years at time of entry into RT Program.

Students must obtain an Associate Degree from Santa Monica College upon completion of the program requirements, in order to meet minimum CA licensure requirements.