Respiratory Care


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Respiratory Care
  • Airway Maintenance Procedures
  • Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics
  • Pulmonary Pathology
  • Introduction to Ventilator Support
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
  • Clinical Respiratory Care
  • Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics
  • Intensive Respiratory Care
  • Clinical Intensive Care
  • Respiratory Care Applications
  • Clinical Preceptor
  • Respiratory Care RRT Review

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

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

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 79
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates find employment in a variety of settings including:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Sub-acute and long-term care facilities
  • Pulmonary function labs
  • Sleep centers
  • Home care

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Respiratory Therapists $42,300 $50,600 $54,700

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Grandview Healthcare Center Oelwein, IA
Harmony House Health Care Center Waterloo, IA
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
Mankato, MN
Mercy Medical Centers Many Iowa locations
Midwest Sleep Services Waterloo, IA
UnityPoint Hospitals Many Iowa locations
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Many Iowa locations

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.
  2. Request to have your official transcripts sent to the Admissions office.
  3. Meet basic skill competencies in reading, writing, and math.

Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:

  • Applicants not meeting the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.

  • Applicants meeting all admission requirements will be accepted and tracked while taking the first and second semester prerequisite courses. Upon completion of this coursework with the required cumulative GPA, students will be able to register for RCP courses.

Applicants will be accepted based on the date their completed applicant file. If many students share the same date for completing their applicant files, the application date will be used to prioritize their acceptance.

We accept approximately 30 students and 10 alternates each fall semester. The program accepts approximately 20 students each summer to the RCP professional core courses. If necessary, alternates will be contacted to fill unconfirmed positions in the program. Alternates will be given priority for the next term.

Hawkeye's Equal Opportunity Statement

Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
40—Elementary Algebra
98—Sentence Skills
103—Arithmetic -OR-
97—Elementray Algebra

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT-063 Elementary Algebra

Option 3

Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.

Contact Us

Student Success Specialist Vic Palmer Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1481 Grundy Hall 140
Program Advisor Jamie Bute Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1919 Grundy Hall 184
Pre-Health Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 285
Pre-Health Advisor Heidi Hudson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1079 Hawkeye Center 208
Administrative Assistant Linda Butler Email me 319-296-4013 Grundy Hall 135
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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