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Respiratory Therapy Program


Application Process

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont College do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), handicap (including physical and mental disability), medical condition, age, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, marital status, or economic status in any of their policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, as well as treatment and employment in, the College's programs and activities, including vocational education.

Application Procedure

The Respiratory Therapy Program at Grossmont College accepts a limited number of students each year as dictated by staffing, laboratory and instrumentation availability, and the number of clinical sites available for student assignment .

  • To apply for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program, the following steps must be taken:

    Application is open Year round.

    1.        Complete the following prerequisite courses with a C grade or higher prior to program admission. It is recommended these courses be completed within the past seven years.

    Biology 144                Anatomy & Physiology              8 units
          &      145                I & II (or equivalent)

    Chemistry 115           Fundamentals of                         4 units
                                         or Chemistry equivalent, or
                                         One year High School Chemistry

            Effective Fall 2015 (Tentative) Bio 152 (Microbiology) must be taken as prerequisite before you apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program.

    2.       Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of the free Health Professions Informational meetings held in the summer and monthly during the Academic year.  More information on the times and dates of these workshops can be found in Respiratory Home Page.  Applicants who are currently enrolled at Grossmont or Cuyamaca College are also encouraged to meet with an Academic counselor in the Counseling Office to discuss the program or general education requirements.  The telephone number for Academic Counseling is 619-644-7208. 


    3.   Submit two official college transcripts for all college credit earned. Send one official college transcript directly to the Respiratory Therapy Program, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020. Send the other copy to the Admissions and Records Office at Grossmont College. If the pre-requisites have been completed at Grossmont College or Cuyamaca College an official transcript is not required of the student, as that information is accessible to the program staff. In addition, for each pre-requisite not listed on the Equivalent Grid of San Diego Area Community College, please include a copy of the course description copied out the appropriate college Catalog.


    3.1  At time of application; please provide proof of the following immunizations as the Hepatitis series (including seropositivity) takes up to 9 months or more to complete: Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR ) or test for seropositivity, Hepatitis B and test for seropositivity, Varicella (Chickenpox) or test for seropositivity and within the past 5 years-Tetanus/Diphtheria/Acellular Pertussis (TDAP). PLEASE MAKE ONLY ONE SIDED COPIES OF DOCUMENTATION. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT BACK TO BACK DUPLICATION





    4.     Download and complete an application from the Respiratory Therapy website:




    This COMPLETED ENVELOPE MUST BE HAND DELIVERED. The completed   envelope    should have: Official sealed transcripts for  the required prerequisites, completed RT Program application, a copy of your high school diploma or higher degree, and proof of immunizations.

    If you live outside of San Diego County you may mail in your completed envelope.   Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with all prerequisites, and immunization completed.


    5.       Complete all admission requirements to Grossmont College.


    6.       Students admitted to the program must submit a satisfactory physical  examination report, record of current immunizations, current CPR card and evidence of malpractice insurance.  Background check and drug testing is required prior to clinical placement.


    7.       Any prior convictions of a misdemeanor or felony may influence eligibility for state licensure.  Applicants are urged to contact the Respiratory Care Board of California.  Contact info at  

    Applications are accepted year around.

    Upon receipt of application materials and verification of prerequisites, students will become eligible candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis upon completed of the application.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all transcripts have been received by the Respiratory Therapy Program office and that all information on the application is correct and kept up to date.

Student selection will be based on completion of the prerequisite courses and date of completed application. Students admitted to the program must submit a satisfactory physical examination report, record of current immunizations and TB test, and a current CPR card.  Student malpractice insurance will need to be purchased for a nominal fee before entering the program.  A background check and drug screen is required prior to entering the program.  This information is available from the RT program secretary and the RT website.

To enroll in the Associate Degree Program:

  • Complete a Grossmont College admissions online application for Grossmont College at Apply Online.

  • Submit two official transcripts of any previous high school and/or college credit. Send one copy directly to the Respiratory Therapy Office. Send the other copy to the Admissions and Records Office of Grossmont College.

Transfer, Challenge and Advanced Placement Policy

An individual evaluation will be conducted for students wishing to transfer into the Program from other schools, or to challenge the Core Curriculum for advanced placement into the RT CoARC and WASC accredited second year of the Program. Placement will be based on a space available basis, with students who are fully matriculated in the Program having first priority. Schedule an appointment with the Respiratory Therapy Program Coordinator to discuss advanced placement.

Upon Acceptance

When notified of acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program each student is required to:

Complete all admission requirements to attend Grossmont College. Refer to the Grossmont College Catalog for details or check with the Admissions and Records Office. Submit evidence of a satisfactory medical examination. Forms are provided by the Respiratory Therapy Office and will be available on the website to entering students.   Completed forms must be returned to the RT office by the due date usually the first week of August. Prior to entering clinical training, the student must have a current CPR card, clinical attire, malpractice insurance coverage, and background check with drug testing completed. CPR training is available from the San Diego Chapter of the American Heart Association, hospitals, clinics throughout the San Diego area. Insurance application forms and information of the background check and drug screen are supplied by the RT office. The cost of insurance is approximately $20.00 per year and the background check/drug screen is approximately $70.00.

Student Assistance

To enhance the quality of instructional programs and assist students in achieving their academic goals, Student Services, in addition to its Admissions, Financial Aid, and Counseling departments, provides the following services: Assessment, Bookstore, Career Planning, Disabled Students Services, EOPS, Health Services, Re-Entry Center, Tutoring and Student Affairs (Associated Students of Grossmont College). All new students are encouraged to attend one of the New Student Advising Sessions. For more information contact the Grossmont College Counseling Center.

Program Cost

A parking fee will be charged to all students using the parking facilities. A Student Benefit Card is optional. Students will be required to furnished clinical attire for fieldwork assignments. The cost of the program including textbooks, supplies, etc., will be approximately $3000.00 to $3700.00 for 2 years (resident student).

Resident Tuition $46.00 per unit
Books, Clinical Attire,, Malpractice Insurance, Fees, Etc. $3700.00
Nonresident Tuition    - above fees plus $190.00 per unit
International Student  - above fees plus $190.00 per unit


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Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020

Counseling Office

Admissions & Records Office

Respiratory Therapy
(619) 644-7448

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