Regular Hours, Summer 2022

Summer Hours: May 23 – July 29, 2022: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm, Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Respiratory Care


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Medical Terminology
  • 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)
Credits: 78
Program Start: Spring

General education coursework can be started any semester: fall, spring, or summer. Respiratory Care program RCP courses begin summer term.

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 $45,100 $56,300 $61,900

Source: 2021 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 and Mankato, MN
Mercy Medical Centers Locations throughout Iowa
MercyOne Locations throughout Iowa
Midwest Sleep Services Waterloo, IA
UnityPoint Health Locations throughout Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the Respiratory Care program, students must provide the Admissions office with the appropriate documentation showing completion of all requirements. Appropriate documentation consists of:

  • Updated assessment scores and/or
  • A transcript or degree audit showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor their progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
  • Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
  • Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.

Step 1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

Step 2: Demonstrate College Readiness

Students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor. Success courses do not apply toward graduation or the AAS degree.

Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 19 259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 2.80 MAT-063: Elementary Algebra
Reading 76 82 19 251 2.80 RDG-040 College Prep Reading III
Writing 82 Sentence Skills 65 19 253 2.80 ENG-061: College Prep Writing II

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

Step 3: Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete all prerequisite coursework to fulfill program admission requirements. See Respiratory Care Courses for prerequisite coursework and grade and cumulative GPA requirements.

Step 4: Program Admittance

The Respiratory Care program begins each spring and admits 20 students.

Applicants who meet all admission requirements will be admitted based on eligibility date (driven by when prerequisites are successfully completed).

If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats, students will be admitted in the following order:

  1. Date all prerequisite coursework was completed.

  2. Eligibility date — determined by either:

    1. The date the student registered for their final prerequisite course at Hawkeye, or

    2. The date the Admissions office received transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses at another accredited institution.

  3. Grade Point Average — Determined by grades in prerequisite courses.

Admitted students must have a physical exam with immunization record on Hawkeye Community College form. Criminal background, sex offender, and adult/dependent abuse background checks are required as well. Students will also be required to complete CPR, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, HIPPA, and OSHA Training prior to clinical coursework.

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Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Lisa Wright Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright
319-296-4014 Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Program Advisor Jamie Bute Email Jamie Bute 319-296-2329 ext.1919 Tama Hall 112
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email Brenda Bartz 319-296-4010 Tama Hall 110
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email Gene Leutzinger 319-296-4457 Tama Hall 110B

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