Once eligibility requirements are met, students may 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 allied health programs is by a competitive selection process.
To apply to specified allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of
one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only;
contact us for complete eligibility guidelines.)
- Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the
Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and
Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.
Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the
For complete information,
contact us for a Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet.
- Documentation of a minimum of two years' employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience.
- Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions.
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.
Information Packet and Information Sessions
Please visit dcccd.edu/health-packets-sessions for information packet and information session details. The information packet will include complete information on admission requirements and application instructions.
Email the Health Occupations Admissions Office or call 972-860-5001 with additional questions.
Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check
All students enrolled in allied health programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program.
Class Locations for El Centro Allied Health Programs
Classes for the
Medical Laboratory Technology and
Paramedic programs are held at the El Centro Downtown Campus, 801 Main St.
Dental Hygiene are held in the Dallas College Dental Hygiene Center, 1250 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75247, just east of I-35, Stemmons Expressway (in the six-story Comerica Bank building).
All other allied health programs at El Centro hold classes in the Downtown Health Sciences Center (formerly El Centro Center for Allied Health and Nursing), 301 N. Market St. in the West End District of downtown Dallas, one block north of the El Centro Downtown Campus.