Respiratory Care students working in class

Respiratory Care

El Camino’s respiratory care degree and certificate programs put you on the right track for a career in respiratory therapy.

Fully Accredited Respiratory Care Program

El Camino's respiratory care program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), is perfect for students who want to start their careers as soon as possible. It’s designed to help you become a respiratory care practitioner licensed by and registered in California.

Whether your passion is respiratory therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, home respiratory care, or other specialties, you’ll be ready to start a career following graduation with our degree and certificate options.


The respiratory care program is designed for students planning to become California licensed respiratory care practitioners and registered respiratory therapists. Completion of the requirements also allows students to apply for all state and national advanced specialty credentialing examinations.

Students will acquire the skills to provide a wide range of high technology and high-touch therapeutic interventions to patients in acute and chronic care settings.  Competencies are assessed through the use of classroom, laboratory, and clinical performance evaluations in simulated and actual patient care situations. 

Program success is determined through examining  attrition rates, employment rates, and licensure exam pass ratesThe degree and certificate in respiratory care are awarded after successful completion of the advanced registry-level respiratory care program. 


Vision: To provide the El Camino College community with competent caring advanced registry-level Respiratory Care graduates via a curriculum that utilizes the most effective technology to deliver instruction, certify competence, improve course access, and increase student success.

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


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an "outcome based" process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

CoARC's Outcomes webpage:

CoARC's main webpage:

El Camino College Respiratory Care Program Number: 200584


Questions? Contact Us

Russell Serr

Dean, Health Sciences & Athletics

310-660-3593 ext. 3550

Roy Mekaru

Respiratory Care Director

310-660-3593 ext. 3248