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Respiratory Care Courses

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

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 must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses required to complete the program.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

 The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program in the academic year listed.

 When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

 Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

◆ General education course
▣ Non-transfer general education course
► Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.

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Prerequisites – Semester 1 – Fall *
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $711.00
CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $711.00
CSC-110 Introduction to Computers 3 $533.25
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2 $355.50
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $533.25
Total Credits 16

Prerequisites – Semester 2 – Spring *
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $711.00
BIO-186 Microbiology 4 $711.00
ENG-105 Composition I 3 $533.25
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $533.25
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $533.25
Total Credits 17

*You are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for prerequisite courses prior to registering for program coursework.

Semester 3 – Summer
RCP-100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 $888.25
RCP-260 Airway Maintenance Procedures 4 $711.00
Total Credits 7

Semester 4 – Fall
RCP-315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 4 $816.00
RCP-350 Pulmonary Pathology 3 $533.25
RCP-561 Introduction to Ventilator Support 3 $553.25
RCP-600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 3 $663.25
RCP-680 Clinical Respiratory Care 4 $916.00
Total Credits 17

Semester 5 – Spring
RCP-410 Cardio/Pulmonary Diagnostics 3 $533.25
RCP-565 Intensive Respiratory Care 3 $823.25
RCP-690 Clinical Intensive Care 8 $1847.00
RCP-875 Respiratory Care Applications 2 $715.50
Total Credits 16

Semester 6 – Summer
RCP-900 Clinical Preceptor 4 $711.00
RCP-910 Respiratory Care RRT Review 2 $745.50
Total Credits 6

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Tracking Sheet

2016–2017 [pdf]

Student Success Specialist

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
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Program Advisor

Jamie Bute
Grundy Hall 184
319-296-2329 ext.1919
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Pre-Health Student Success Specialist

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Pre-Health Program Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014 ext.1079
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Interprofessional Health and Safety Services

Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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