Frequently Asked Questions
What is the length of the Respiratory
Two years following acceptance into the
program after completion of the prerequisite courses.
What are the prerequisite
- High School graduation or
- Chemistry 115 or equivalent (4
units). One year of High School Chemistry serves as equivalent.
- Biology 144 & 145
140 & 141 or equivalent (8 units)
- These courses take about 1 year
- A grade of "C" or better is
required in all prerequisite courses.
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.
prerequisites be completed at a school other than Grossmont College?
Prerequisites may be taken
at any WASC accredited college. Please consult a Grossmont College
counselor, or see the Equivalency
section of our
Web Page for information on equivalent courses at other schools.
may I apply for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program?
The Respiratory Therapy Program has an
open application policy. The application is available to
download and print from the RT website. Submit the application with supporting
documentation to the RT office. Follow the
application procedures outlined on the website.
Is the Respiratory Therapy
Program a day or evening program?
The Respiratory Therapy
Program is held only during the day, Monday through Saturday.
(Occasional Saturday clinicals)
a degree from another country. Will those credits be applied toward
prerequisite courses at
Prospective students who
completed their education in another country must have their
transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service.
Applications and information for these services are available in the
Admissions and Records office. Make an appointment with the Program
Coordinator to discuss this question. Bring transcripts (English
translation) for evaluation.
there many jobs available?
The current job market in San Diego is limited, but improving.
There are jobs nationally and internationally for graduates willing
are the current salary levels?
The salary range varies for
a newly graduated therapist, however, the starting range is
typically $25.00 to $30.00+ an hour depending on the facility.
there a waiting list?
Yes, as of right now there
is a one year wait list. Students are accepted on
first come, first served basis - as long as prerequisites are
successfully completed. Approximately 45 students are accepted each
are the hours of the classes?
The class hours are listed
in the class schedule. The class schedule can be obtained from the
Grossmont College Bookstore. Class times and days vary each
graduates required to pass a state licensing exam?
Yes! The graduate takes the
licensing exam after completing an AS degree in Respiratory
Therapy. This test is a state licensing examination. Once the
graduate passes this test, the graduate then becomes a
Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). After this test is
completed, the RCP will take the Registry examination. The Registry
examination allows the practitioner to become a Registered
An Associate in Science
Degree in Respiratory Therapy is required. The Respiratory Therapy
Program has a special "G.E." package. To find out what the G.E.
requirements are, you will need to contact the counseling department
or refer to the college catalog.
Respiratory Therapy courses transferable to another
Yes, our courses are
transferable to a four year college, however, you should check with
the college or university that you are interested in transferring to
for course acceptance.
What is the approximate cost of
Clinical Attire, Malpractice Insurance, Etc.
Tuition - above fees
per unit cost + $2,000
Student - above fees
per unit cost + $2,000
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