Additional Contact Information

If you have questions regarding course requirements, you may contact:
  • Brenda Hanning, RRT, RCP, Program Director
    (650) 949-7466
  • Josh Westling, MS. Ed., RRT, RCP, Director of Clinical Education
    (650) 949-7115
  • Health Career Programs
    Phone: (650) 949-7538
    Office: Room 5224
  • BioHealth Division office, Room 5211
  • Biological & Health Sciences Home Page
  • Foothill College Main Campus (650) 949-7777
Minimum Prerequisites

All requirements listed below are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the current application for each program.

Two-Year Program Prerequisites
  • High School graduation or equivalency;
  • MATH 105 (Intermediate Algebra) or equivalent, or higher;
  • ENGL 1A, 1H, or 1S & T, or ESLL 26, or equivalent;
  • CHEM 30A, or ANY equivalent Chemistry course with a lab OR 1 year of High school Chemistry;
  • BIOL 40A, 40B & 40C, or a semester of Anatomy and a semester of Physiology or equivalent;
  • BIOL 41 (Microbiology) or equivalent;
  • AHS 200 or ANY medical terminology course that is 2 units or more;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher;
  • Compliance with the technical standards (see the application).

Please refer to the Respiratory Therapy Equivalency Chart to check for equivalency if you plan to take, or have taken, prerequisite courses outside of Foothill College. If the course is not listed, please check with a Foothill counselor.

Respiratory Therapy Equivalency Chart (PDF)

General education courses are waived for students who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. The RSPT 200L course is strongly recommended for all applicants.

Strong Recommendation

Though not prerequisites, we strongly recommend potential applicants complete all General Education requirements, PSYCH 1, Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology prior to applying to the Respiratory Therapy program. The Anatomy & Physiology course must be a year-long series with labs.