Application Process

Upcoming Application Periods and Lottery Timeline

Applicable Semester Description Date
Fall 2020 Application Period February 3-28, 2020
Fall 2020 Results Posted Online Week of March 30, 2020
Fall 2020 Deadline for Response April 10, 2020

Complete each step below in order to apply to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program.

Complete online Fresno City College application.

All applicants to the Respiratory Care Practitioner program must apply for admission to Fresno City College to obtain a SCCCD Student ID number prior to applying to the program

Completion of prerequisites with a C or better:

  • BIO 20 - Human Anatomy and BIO 22 - Human Physiology or BIOL 21A - Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 21B - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CHEM 3A - Introductory General Chemistry
  • BIOL 31 - Microbiology 
  • MATH 103 - Intermediate Algebra or higher math course

GPA of 2.5 or above

  • A cumulative GPA calculation will be done using all college coursework document on all college/university transcripts.
  • Application requirements include the completion of all five (5) prerequisite courses and a cumulative GPA for 2.5 or above.
  • "In Progress" courses are not accepted.
  • Grade points and units will be tallied from all college work attempted.

Applicants from Private or Out-of-State Colleges/Universities

Applicants who would like to use courses completed from a private institution or institution outside of California must complete the course substitution review process before applying to the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program.

This is a lengthy process and must be done at least 2-3 months prior to application deadline.  Course Substitutions must be initiated with a Fresno City College/Allied Health Counselor.  Courses must be evaluated by each department for possible approval.

Applicants using Foreign Education courses

Students who have completed courses outside the United States must contact the International Students Office.

The Academic Summary Form (ASF) must be complete and supplemental documents included.
The Academic Summary Form may be picked up at Fresno City College, Allied Health, P.E., and Athletics Division Office (Health Science Building, HS-1) during the application period.  Students may also call the division office at 559.244.2604 to have an ASF mailed to them. 

A completed packet must contain the following documents:

  • Completed Academic Summary Form.  Please list all colleges attended on the ASF including Fresno City College and all affiliated campuses.  Please note: Failure to list all colleges previously attended may result in your application being denied.
  • Student ID Number.  All applicants must apply for admission to the college to obtain a student ID number prior to applying to the program. 
  • Official College Transcripts (outside of State Center Community College District).
    • Two (2) official, up to date, sealed transcripts from all colleges attended (outside to SCCCD).
  • Signed Acknowledgement of Student Responsibilities Form (available with ASF packet).
  • An unofficial copy of your high school transcripts; or diploma; or GED certificate.
  • Veteran or a spouse of a veteran requesting veteran preference requires submission of a copy of the DD214 from.
  • Course Substitutions - If applicable, include a copy of approved Course Substitution(s) for prerequisite and General Education courses. 

Completed applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on the last day of the application period.

Submission in person to:

Fresno City College
Allied Health, P.E., and Athletics Division Office
HS-1 (Health Sciences Building)
1101 E. University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

Attention: Respiratory Care Practitioner Program

Submission by regular mail:  

Fresno City College
Allied Health, P.E., and Athletics Division
1101 E. University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

Attention: Respiratory Care Practitioner Program

 Mailed applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.


Please regularly check your SCCCD Student Email for all notifications from Fresno City College.

Program Handbook

Program schedules vary according to semester. For more program details please refer to the RCP Student Handbook.



Fresno City College utilizes a computerized statistical lottery selection process for admission into the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program.  The Lottery Process is used in response to more eligible applicants than enrollment space to the Allied Health Programs.  The lottery is student driven, which means the student is responsible for supplying all transcripts and supplemental documentation required, as well as keeping the Allied Health, P.E., & Athletics Division Office informed of any changes in your name, address, and/or phone number.

To be eligible for the Lottery, The Academic Summary Form (ASF) must be completed and legible and all transcripts and supplemental documents included or it will be considered incomplete and processing will be terminated.  All qualified packets received before the stated deadline will be treated equally regardless of the submission date.

Lottery Status

Lottery Status will be noted as "Eligible" or "Ineligible." You are required to check the Lottery Database for your status updates. Please review the entire lottery status page and read any "notes to students" at the bottom of the page. It is your responsibility to complete all major and graduation requirements. If you are unsure about these requirements please meet with a counselor. (Please note: The evaluation of applications is ongoing until the posted lottery date. Selected status will be posted based on Lottery Timeline dates. Students should check their status regularly after the posted application deadline).

Check Lottery Status