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Get Started in the Respiratory Care Program


Are you ready to take the next step? Learn more about what you need to do to get started in the Respiratory Care program.

What To Know Before You Start

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Completing the application, meeting with an advisor, attending orientation, registering for classes...
these are all part of the college admissions process.


Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing

All students enrolled in Health Occupations programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo a criminal background check and drug testing prior to beginning their clinical experience.


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.