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Respiratory Therapy Information Nights

The program will be held online Monday, March 1st

*** Respiratory applications for cohort starting fall 2021 will become available in January 31, 2021 ***

If you need transcripts evaluated or help from one of Ohlone’s counselors, virtual appointments are available:

Help people breathe more easily! Become a respiratory therapist!

In the heart of Silicon Valley, Ohlone College’s Respiratory Therapy program features state-of-the-art equipment, instructors who work in the field, and an unparalleled simulation lab.

Respiratory Therapy (RT) is a health care specialty directed at the diagnosis, treatment, management, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardio respiratory system. Explore one of the top RT programs in the nation at an upcoming orientation meeting. 

Information Nights

Upcoming Respiratory Therapy Information Nights will be held online
*** Monday, March 1st, 2021 ***
FREE & Open to the Public


Ohlone College Newark Center
39399 Cherry Street, Newark (Newark Campus Maps & Directions)
Room NC-2222, 2nd Floor, Wing 2

Event Contact:
Elizabeth Postovit

  • Learn about the program and admissions process
  • Interact with the program director, faculty, and current students
  • Tour the simulation lab
  • Hear Ohlone RT alumni experiences
  • Learn about career opportunities in the field
  • Enjoy light refreshments

Important: Please be sure to purchase a $4 daily parking permit from one of the permit machines in the parking lots.

RT Application

Applications for the 2021 cycle will be accepted at the Newark Campus only. Applications should be placed in the metal drop box outside the campus building next to the health sciences administration wing.  

  • The 2021 RT Applications will be available in January 2021.
  • RT Program Application Requirements. Please carefully read about the RT Program Application Requirements
  • Application are due April 30, 2021
  • Please contact counseling for information regarding RT program prerequisite courses: Fremont counseling (building 7, 3rd floor) 510 659 6110 or Newark counseling (wing 3, 1st floor) 510 742 2340


The Respiratory Care Practitioner is a licensed allied health care professional specializing in cardio-pulmonary evaluation and treatment. In only two years you can master the knowledge and skills which will prepare you for a fulfilling job taking care of patients. Graduates from the Ohlone College program find a career that is well-paid, flexible and transferable to any state in the US.


Program Learning Outcomes:

  1.  Demonstrate the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to assist the physician in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders.
  2.  Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills, time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care in multidisciplinary care settings.
  3.  Qualify for licensure in the state of California.
  4.  Qualify nationally for Registered Respiratory Therapist status.
  5.  Integrate intentional, respectful communication with caring presence to effectively relate with individuals, families, groups, communities, and colleagues of diverse sociocultural backgrounds in various healthcare settings.

“To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).” 

Upon completion of the program graduates are eligible to sit for examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Once the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential has been attained graduates are eligible for licensure by the state of California as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

This program is based on a selective admission process and involves prerequisite courses and a special application for admission. Applicants are selected once a year in the spring and begin the course of study each Fall Semester. For program application contact the Health Sciences Division Office.

Respiratory Therapist Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and discuss their long-range academic plan.

Apply for a Degree or Certificates

Are you finishing your associate degree or certificate? Please review How to Apply for a Degree or Certificate.

RT Program Application Requirements

Please carefully read about the RT Program Application Requirements that begin for Fall 2021 Semester applicants.  Please note these important changes to Ohlone's RT Program Application Process:

The following courses are prerequisite requirements for application to the Respiratory Therapist Program:

  • BIOL-103A and BIOL-103B (Human Anatomy and Physiology) or equivalent must be completed or in process at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
  • BIOL-106 (Microbiology) or equivalent must be completed or in process at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM-109 (Biochemistry for Health Science and Biotechnology) or equivalent must be completed or in process at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH-153 (Intermediate Algebra) or equivalent must be completed at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
  • PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) (or equivalent 3-unit Developmental Psychology course) must be completed at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
  • The above requirements are in addition to the following Support Courses:
    • ENGL-101A (Reading and Written Composition) with a grade of "C" or better,
  • The following is a recommended course prior to entering the Program:
    • COMM-111 (Public Speaking) or COMM-113 (Interpersonal Communication) with a grade of "C" or better. This requirement is highly desirable.

*Prerequisite and Support courses may be "In Progress" at the time of application. These courses must be completed no later than the end of the Spring Semester during the year of application. Your coursework may require a substitution waiver and this must be included in your Respiratory Therapy application packet when you turn it in. Please click the following link for information regarding this process: substitution waiver form.

Contact the Respiratory Therapist Program

Name Contact
Elizabeth Postovit, MS, RRT-NPS
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Program Director
(510) 742-3108
Room NC2230, second floor, Wing 2, Newark Center

Harleen Toor, BSHA-HIS, RCP-ACCS
Harleen Toor

Director of Clinical Education
(510) 742-3107
Room NC2225, second floor, Wing 2, Newark Center

Related Information at Ohlone

Academic Dishonesty

The Respiratory Therapist Program strongly believes in academic honesty and will exercise the department's rights when students are found cheating. Read Ohlone College's Academic Honesty Procedure.