Respiratory Therapist (RT) Program

About the Respiratory Therapist (RT) Program at Ohlone

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.

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.

Pre-requisites and Application to the Respiratory Therapist Program

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:

    • All applicants, regardless of previous degrees earned must clear the Ohlone College Reading Comprehension (ACCUPLACER) Assessment Examination or complete ENGL-163 or ENGL-167 with a grade of "B" or better.

    • All applicants, regardless of previous degrees earned must clear the Ohlone College Math Comprehension (ACCUPLACER) Assessment Examination or complete MATH-153 (Intermediate Algebra) or equivalent course with a grade of "C" or better.

    • 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.

Application period for Fall 2018 is January 2, 2018 to April 2, 2018. Download the Fall 2018 RT Application (PDF).

Application 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.

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

Schedule of Application Orientation Meetings
(updated January 4, 2018)
Date Time
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:00pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:00am

Contact the Respiratory Therapist Program

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