Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 78
Program Start: Fall only

The Respiratory Care program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Notes

  • Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking the prerequisite courses.

  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a 2.75 cumulative GPA prior to registering for RCP courses.

  • Students must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses required to complete the program.

2015–2016 Suggested Sequence of Study and Course Cost

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

Prerequisites – Fall
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 $638.00
CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $638.00
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3 $478.50
HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences 2 $319.00
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $478.50

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Total Credits 16
Prerequisites – Spring
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 $638.00
BIO185 Microbiology with lab 3 $478.50
ENG105 Composition I 3 $478.50
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $478.50
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $478.50

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Total Credits 16
Semester 1 – Summer
RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 $811.50
RCP260 Airway Maintenance Procedures 4 $638.00

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Total Credits 7
Semester 2 – Fall
RCP315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 4 $738.00
RCP350 Pulmonary Pathology 3 $478.50
RCP561 Introduction to Ventilator Support 3 $478.50
RCP600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory 3 $628.50
RCP680 Clinical Respiratory Care 4 $638.00

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Total Credits 17
Semester 3 – Spring
RCP410 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3 $478.50
RCP565 Intensive Respiratory Care 3 $748.50
RCP690 Clinical Intensive Care 8 $1671.00
RCP875 Respiratory Care Applications 2 $679.00

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Total Credits 16
Semester 4 – Summer
RCP900 Clinical Preceptor 4 $638.00
RCP910 Respiratory Care RRT Review 2 $319.00

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Total Credits 6

Course Cost Calculation:
2015–2016 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Program Advisors

Jamie Bute
Grundy Hall 184
319-296-2329 ext.1919
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Becky Kibbee
Grundy Hall 184
319-296-2329 ext.1336
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