Respiratory Care Practitioner

Step Up to the Future with Respiratory Therapist


The Hartnell College Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) program is a defined group of prerequisite and corequisite courses, and a four-semester course of study consisting of classroom, high-fidelity simulation, skills laboratory, seminar, and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences are obtained in Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Louis Obispo counties. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care’s Registry Examination (RRT, CRT, CSE). After passing, graduates may practice as respiratory care practitioners in a variety of acute and community-based settings. The Hartnell College RCP program holds provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

RCP Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) program a graduate will

1.      Comprehend, apply, and evaluate information necessary to practice as a respiratory care practitioner (cognitive) as evidenced by their ability to

a.       analyze and evaluate patient’s subjective and objective data from the patient’s record to formulate or revise a respiratory care plan.

b.      educate patients and their families about disease states, treatment and health promotion.

c.       pass the licensure examination accepted by the California State Respiratory Care Board (National Board for Respiratory Care Entry Level Examination) and qualifying for licensure as a California Respiratory Care Practitioner. Graduates will also successfully pass the National Board for Respiratory Care Advanced Practitioner Written and Simulation Registry Examination within one year of program completion.

2.      Perform the skills competently as a respiratory care practitioner (psychomotor) as evidenced by their ability to

a.       assess patients in the healthcare setting and document findings and interventions.

b.      implement respiratory therapeutic interventions in a timely manner consistent with patient safety and infection control standards.

c.       communicate clearly and professionally in interpersonal interactions with patients, family members, and the healthcare team.

3.      Practice professional attitudes and behavior (affective) as evidenced by their ability

a.       practice within the legal and ethical scope of practice.

b.      work effectively as a healthcare team member.

c.       ensure safe and supportive care by building cross-cultural relationships, addressing the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient.


Who to contact

Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
Phone: 831-770-6157
1 - Hartnell College Main Campus
Office: Nursing and Allied Health B214
Building: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
Dean of Academic Affairs, Nursing and Allied Health
Phone: 831-770-6146
B - Student Services
Office: B219
Building: B - Student Services
Program Assistant II
Phone: 831-770-6148
B - Student Services
Office: B217
Building: B - Student Services
Administrative Assistant I
Phone: 831-770-6146
B - Student Services
Office: B223
Building: B - Student Services