Get Started in Respiratory Care

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

Application and Admission to the Program

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 at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College 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; see complete eligibility guidelines.) 

  1. 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 online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet

  2. 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. 

  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

See information packets for all allied health programs at El Centro College. Each packet includes specific information on the selection and application process for individual programs.

Information Packet and Information Sessions

Get complete information on program admission requirements and application instructions in the Respiratory Care Program packet.

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet prior to viewing the online information session.

Selection Process and Application Filing Period

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.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

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.

Rising Star Program

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.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Tex. 76021-4244; Phone: 817-283-2835).

View the CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data.
Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Take a look at other Nursing and Health Care programs .

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

The Respiratory Care Program is located in El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing at Market and Pacific streets, a block from the main campus. 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:

  • teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Faculty Profiles

Respiratory Care Program faculty have relevant degrees and field experience in their profession, so they can relate to the challenges you face at work. 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.

Transfer Information

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.

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute our official endorsement.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Respiratory Care Program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.