Respiratory Care

Courses

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)
Required number of 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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Pre-Health Advisor Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 245
Academic/College Success Advisor Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 245
Program Advisor Jamie Bute Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1919 Grundy Hall 184
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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