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Respiratory Therapy Curriculum


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

Fall Semester 1: (15 units)

RT 1, Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (2)
RT 60, Respiratory Physiology (4)
*Microbiology 1, Fundamentals (5)

Spring Semester 2: (14 units)

**RT 2, Fundamentals of RT (4)
RT 30, Adult Critical Care Monitoring and Diagnostics (3)
RT 70, Respiratory Pathophysiology (4)
*Physics 12, Introductory Physics (3)

* Microbiology and Physics may be taken prior to entry into RT program. (recommended)
** This course is ONLY offered on the ELAC campus.


All RT coursework from this point on in the program is on the ELAC campus.
  These courses are transferred back to SMC upon program completion and applied toward the SMC Associate Degree requirements.

Summer Session 3: (4 units)

RT 15, Introduction to Clinical Practice (4)

Fall Semester 4: (11 units)

RT 3, Application of RT & Clinical I (5)
RT 4, Application of RT & Clinical II (5)
RT 27, Physician Clinical Rounds (1)
RT 29, Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care (4)

Winter Session 5: (1 unit)

RT 31, Neonatal Resuscitation (1)

 Spring Semester 6: (11 units)

RT 5, Application of RT & Clinical III (5)
RT 11, Application of RT & Clinical IV (5)
RT 28, Physician Clinical Rounds (1)


All program RT courses must be completed with a “C” 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.