Respiratory Therapist Program

Help people breathe more easily! Become a respiratory therapist!

The profession of Respiratory Care is growing rapidly. Respiratory Care 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. Demand for skilled therapists is at an all time high level in the Bay Area.


Orientation Meetings

All meetings are in Room NC2222, second floor, Wing 2 at the Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560 (Newark Campus Maps & Directions). The RT Application Orientation Meetings are open to the public.

Schedule of Application Orientation Meetings
Date Time
Thursday February 7, 2019 7:00pm
Wednesday March 20, 2019 7:00pm

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

Respiratory Therapist

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.

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 2018 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 at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
    • BIOL-106 (Microbiology) or equivalent must be completed at the time of application with a grade of "C" or better.
    • PHYS-108 (Physics) (or equivalent 3-unit general physics course) must be completed 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 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,
    • PSY-108 (Developmental Psychology) or other 3-unit Developmental Psychology course must be completed at time of application with a grade of "C" or better. PSY-101 (General Psychology) does NOT meet this requirement.
  • The following is a recommended course prior to entering the Program:

    • SPCH-101 (Public Speaking) or SPCH-103 (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 wavier form.

Download the 2019 RT Application (PDF).

Contact the Respiratory Therapist Program

Name Contact
Edna Lee Warnecke, MSc, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS
Ednalee Warnecke
Program Director

(510) 742-3108
Room NC2225, second floor, Wing 2, Newark Center
Edward Saliba, RRT-ACCS, RCP
 Edward Saliba
Director of Clinical Education
Room NC2223, 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.