Thank you for your interest in the Hartnell College Respiratory Care program.  The program is impacted, meaning that far more qualified students apply than can be accepted.  Before applying, please be aware that classroom and some clinical courses are taught using face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.  Clinical courses occur throughout Monterey County and are scheduled seven days per week and 24-hours each day.  Clinical class times, dates, and places are subject to change based on unanticipated circumstances.  

Your success is important to us.  Please consider your level of preparedness before committing to an education in respiratory care. Research indicates that successful Hartnell respiratory care students work less than 16 hours per week and have an extended support system of family and friends.  Because of intricacies and rigor of our academic program, we cannot accommodate your employment or family responsibilities.

We ask that you review our Nursing and Health Sciences Student Handbook and Policy and Procedure Manual. Become familiar with our mission, vision, values, and philosophy before you apply.  Please be sure that Hartnell College is a good match for you. 

Step 1Apply to Hartnell College

NewReturning and Dual Enrollment Students are required to have a current application.

Step 2

RCP Prerequisites

It is required that all prerequisites be completed before applying to the program. In progress courses will be not be considered. 

Step 3

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Make an Appointment

Skip this step if you completed all prerequisite courses at the following schools listed below.
A Hartnell College counselor must evaluate course descriptions and transcripts for each prerequisite course taken at colleges other than those listed below; it is required for admission.

  1. Hartnell College
  2. Cabrillo College
  3. Cuesta College
  4. DeAnza College
  5. Evergreen Valley College
  6. Gavilan College
  7. Mission College
  8. Monterey Peninsula College

Step 4

More Information

Skip this step if you were educated in the US or attended a US accredited institution.


Step 5

Mail To
ATTN: Nursing and Health Sciences
411 Central Ave Salinas, Ca 93901

Electronic Request

Hartnell College transcript (1 order), if you attended Hartnell College

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Official AP transcript (1 order), if applicable

Foreign transcript evaluation (2 orders), if applicable

Other college transcripts
(2 official hard copies to be mailed or 2 electronic orders from each college where you took prerequisite courses)

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Admission Timeline for Fall 2022 Applicants for Fall 2023 cohort:

November 2022

Application opens

February 2023

Final application deadline
Late and incomplete applications are not reviewed.

March 2023

Email notification of conditional acceptance or denial

April 2023

Mandatory Nursing New Student Orientation

July 2023

New Student Documentation Due

End of August 2023

Fall 2023 semester begins