1. BIO 5/ Human Anatomy
  2. BIO 6/ Introductory Physiology
  3. BIO 6L/ Physiology Laboratory
  4. BIO 27/ Principles of Microbiology 
  5. CHM 1A/ General Chemistry I OR CHM 22/ The Science of Chemistry OR CHM 60/ Principles of Chemistry
  6. PSY 2/ General Psychology
  7. ENG 1A/ College Composition and Reading 
  8. MAT 123/ Intermediate Algebra or higher
  9. ANT 2/ Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (does not need to be completed at time of application)
  10. COM 1/ Introduction to Public Speaking OR COM 3/ Survey of Human Communication (does not need to be completed at time of application)
  11. Ethnic Groups in the U.S. course, see current catalog for courses (does not need to be completed at time of application)

It is required that all prerequisites be completed before applying to the program. In progress courses will be not be considered. We recommend that you meet with a Hartnell Nursing and Allied Health counselor to review your academic plan. To comply with federal, state and local regulations for health care providers, students accepted to the Hartnell College Respiratory Care Practitioner program are required to meet all current Allied Health Programs clinical compliance requirements according to program guidelines; including health screening, vaccination and drug testing requirements, and provide documentation thereof. Students are also required to complete a criminal background check. Information will be provided at orientation which all incoming students are required to attend.

Applications are closed. Applications for Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care Practitioner open Fall 2019 for for the 2020/2021 academic year.


The Hartnell College Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) program is a defined group of prerequisite and corequisite courses. The 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.


The Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) Program at Hartnell College will provide skilled graduates to the healthcare community who have obtained their professional license (RCP) and credentials (CRT and RRT). Graduates will demonstrate competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) program a student will

  1. comprehend, apply, and evaluate information necessary to practice as a respiratory care practitioner(cognitive) as evidenced by their ability to
    1. analyze and evaluate patient’s subjective and objective data from the patient’s record to formulate or revise a respiratory care plan.
    2. educate patients and their families about disease states, treatment and health promotion.
    3. 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
    1. assess patients in the health care setting and document findings and interventions.
    2. implement respiratory therapeutic interventions in a timely manner consistent with patient safety and infection control standards.
    3. communicate clearly and professionally in interpersonal interactions with patients, family members, and the health care team.
  3. practice professional attitudes and behavior (affective) as evidenced by their ability to
    1. practice within the legal and ethical scope of practice.
    2. work effectively as a health care team member.
    3. ensure safe and supportive care by building cross-cultural relationships, addressing the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient.


Nursing and Allied Health 2018-2019 Student Handbook

Nursing and Allied Health 2018-2019 Policy and Procedure Manual

Who To Contact

  • Tanya Ho, MHA, RRT
    Respiratory Care Program Director
    Phone: 831-770-6155
    Building: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Office: B 214
    411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Emily Brandt MET, BSRT, RRT-NPS
    Director of Clinical Education/Instructor
    Phone: 831-770-6157
    Building: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Office: Nursing and Allied Health B214
    411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Catalina Gonzalez
    Administrative Assistant I
    Phone: 831-770-6146
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B223
    B - Student Services
  • Belinda Saechao-Jimmeye, MPH
    Program Assistant II
    Phone: 831-770-6148
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: B217
    B - Student Services