Respiratory Care

Careers

Positions

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 $43,800 $52,800 $57,400

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

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
MercyOne Many Iowa locations
Midwest Sleep Services Waterloo, IA
UnityPoint Health Many Iowa locations
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA

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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

In order to be eligible for the Respiratory Care program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the AAS degree.

Students must meet the minimum assessment score or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER Next Generation
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading
19 English 82 Sentence Skills 65 Writing 253 Writing
19 Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

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

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