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The Respiratory Care Program at El Camino College is fully accredited by CoARC

We admit one class per year in the Spring

All prerequisites with the exception of RC 170, RC 172 and RC 174 must be completed the semester prior to the application semester.

Applicants for Class of 2016

Please check your ECC email for your notification of applicant status.  Those who do not provide ECC email, please check the email address that you did provide.  

Vision for Respiratory Care Program

To provide the El Camino College community with competent caring advanced registry-level Respiratory Care graduates via a curriculum that utilizes the most effective technology to deliver instruction, certify competence, improve course access, and increase student success.


To provide an educational opportunity to anyone with the right aptitudes, attitudes and interests to become a Caring Competent Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Program Description

The degree and certificate in respiratory care are awarded after successful completion of the advanced registry-level respiratory care program. The program is designed for students planning to become California licensed respiratory care practitioners and registered respiratory therapists. Completion of the requirements also allows students to apply for all state and national advanced specialty credentialing examinations.  Students will acquire the skills to provide a wide range of high technology and high-touch therapeutic interventions to patients in acute and chronic care settings.  Competencies are assessed through the use of classroom, laboratory, and clinical performance evaluations in simulated and actual patient care situations.  Program success is determined through examining  attrition rates, employmentrates, and licensure exam pass rates

Allied Health and Nursing Pass Rates



Contact Information:

Respiratory Care Director - Roy Mekaru

  • Campus Office:  (310) 660-3593 x3135
  • Postal address:  16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
    Torrance, CA. 90506
  • Electronic mail:

El Camino College Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement 2011-12 - Respiratory Care (PDF)


 Last Published 3/27/15