admissions process and meet with an
academic advisor at El Centro College.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The catalog provides detailed information about 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.
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.
El Centro College’s Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Find out more about
accreditation and affiliations.
Take a look at other
Nursing and Health Care programs.
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 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:
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.
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
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