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To get started in the Respiratory Care Program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College.
When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Respiratory Care Program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. If you are planning to earn an associate degree, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at El Centro College.
The first half of the program, the Respiratory Care Program Core Curriculum, is composed of general education courses which can be completed in two semesters. Students may then apply for admission to the Respiratory Care Program, which begins in June of each year and encompasses 13 months of lecture, lab and clinical coursework.
Acceptance to the Respiratory Care Program is via a competitive selection process based on grade point average of primary prerequisite courses.
The program accepts approximately 20 students during each application filing period, January through mid-May of each year. Please check with the Health Occupations Admissions Office for specific dates each academic year. Applicants are notified of selection status via email by late May. The program begins each June.
Attendance at an information session (held monthly on the main El Centro College campus) is required and will address program admission, application and acceptance policies in detail. No advance reservation is necessary to attend an information session.
Get the information session schedule:
Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the Respiratory Care Program information packet (PDF – 283KB).
All students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupation programs are required by Dallas/Ft. Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days prior to the start of clinical rotations.
Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere!
See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.
Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the Respiratory Care Program Associate in Applied Sciences degree. This degree can be completed in five semesters by a full-time student but may take longer if you are also working.
Program graduates may sit for the entry-level certified respiratory therapist credentialing exam and the advanced practitioners’ registered respiratory therapist exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care. Find out more about credentialing and licensing for respiratory care.
The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.
El Centro College’s Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Not sure exactly what you want to study? Check out all of our health care-related programs, such as Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing and Medical Laboratory Technology.
The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees
and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more
information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.
The Respiratory Care Program is located in El Centro College’s Center
for Allied Health and Nursing, in the Paramount Building at Market and
Pacific streets, a block from the main campus. Opened in June 2008 to
house the college’s booming allied health programs, the center comprises
55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment
available to educate health care students.
The center’s high-tech equipment includes:
Our Respiratory Care Program faculty members not only have academic
degrees, they also have real-world experience in the workplace, which
makes them able to relate to the challenges you will face at work. Our
instructors work with you one-on-one, helping you to learn new
techniques and map career-enhancement strategies. See profiles of our Respiratory Care Program faculty.
The Respiratory Care Program is designed for direct entry into the
workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a
four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.
If you have questions about the Respiratory Care Program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.