Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Start: Fall only

The Respiratory Care program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Total Credits 6

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisors

Jamie Bute
Grundy Hall 137
319-296-2329 ext.1919
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Becky Kibbee
Grundy Hall 137
319-296-2329 ext.1336
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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