Job Outlook for Respiratory Therapist Students from California College San Diego.

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Grant Dumas in Escondido, California

22 months ago

I just retired from the Navy and I am looking for a new career. I was looking at Respiratory Therapy programs. I know Grossmont is considered one of the best but it would take about a year to get into the program since I don't have Chem/Bio. California College doesn't require the pre-reqs as they are included in the program. Has anyone here graduated from the California College R/T program and found employment?

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EducateThemAll in Lakeside, California

22 months ago

Hey Grant, I wish you luck getting started! Please keep in mind that California College San Diego is considered sub-par program. They are a for-profit and not regionally accredited. I suggest avoiding any school with a heavy marketing in day time tv, and do a program where the classes you take can be transferred to other good institutions.

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Grant Dumas in Escondido, California

22 months ago

I spoke to someone in HR at a local hospital and asked if they ever hire people out of California College. She said they did and that CC rt program has improved. Also my neighbor is a retired RT. He said Grossmont is more theory and CC is more hands one. He worked with graduates from both and you get good and bad from both schools.
I do know the school is not regionally accredited so if I want to transfer credits it will be nearly impossible.

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Brandy Rae in San Diego, California

20 months ago

Hi Grant,

Have you made a decision on what school you will be attending and have you started yet?

I am researching a ton of schools and I'm trying to get as much info from anyone that I can. The best school I've found so far is SJVC in Temecula. It's a private Jr. College, so their isn't a wait list, and the prerequisites are included in the program, however it is WASC accredited, so you can transfer all of your credits to a university, if that's the path you choose. It's something like $40K, but to me, totally worth it.

Anyway, I hope you've had good luck in your search to become a RRT. Please share any advice you may have as well!

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Grant Dumas in Escondido, California

20 months ago

Brandy,
I wish I have known about the SJVC program. I am just about finished the admission process at CCSD (San Marcos). The school does lack regional accreditation but the A.S R/T program is CoArc accredited. The program is around 49K but I have the GiBill so no out of pocket expense.
Just curious, do you know when the next classes begin at SJVC?

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Brandy Rae in San Diego, California

20 months ago

Hey Grant,

I just got off the phone with the admissions rep and I have an appt to go check out the school tomorrow. This school only has two start days per year, and the next start date is June 17th, and they still have spots available. After that, the start date won't be until January, so if you haven't started with CCSD, you may want to look into SJVC. Their tuition is $43K, but since you have a GiBill, you won't have to worry about coming up with the funds. Also, this school is CoARC, too. It's 18 months long and you'll get your A.S. and be able to transfer all of your credits to a UC, if you choose to go that route.

I will let you know absolutely everything I learn tomorrow when I speak to the Admin Rep.

When do classes start at CCSD? If things don't work out with SJVC (but I REALLY hope they do) CCSD is my next choice. I'm really not too worried about the tuition because what we're getting out of it is so valuable.

Talk to you soon!!

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Duncan in San Diego, California

3 months ago

I am currently going to CCSD and they transfer some of my credits from ITT since its national accredited also some devry. In which this will knock out of my time there and save me money. I did very well to their exams and receive scholarships, CCSD has changed and they are more hands on, they set you up with clinical in the hospital working 36hrs a week 12 hr shifts. Majority of folks there are veterans also officers in the reserve. So if you are a veteran you have the upper hand they will take care of you and set you up for success. However its up to you that count, you can go to these profit or non profit school and get the same amount its just how you put it and how much you are dedicated to achieve your goal. There are numerous resources out there and in CCSD I couldn't believe it was more than my last schools I attended. I seem people graduate from CCSD with their RT some have experience some are veterans who are a corpsman or medic like myself get jobs in quicker after graduations. One person told me is that in your clinical s just bust your butt to be the best and have the career services to help you out with resume etc. There are two programs one is Associates and Bachelors. ALL CCSD students will take RRT exam not CRT so you will have your RRT if you pass your boards. Then you have about a year left for your bachelors since you graduate from CCSD with an Associates. Yes its expensive but I believe its worth it since its hands on and actual training like medic school at Fort Sam. Very supportive staff and it feels like home since its all veterans there.

Good luck and you are the key for your own success.

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