Respiratory Care AAS Degree Courses

Program Details
Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 78
Program Start Spring

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College, and to participate in clinicals, you will be required to complete the following screenings: 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.

You are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses.

2022–2023 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Spring 2023. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

When registering for classes refer to Self-Service > Student Planning to view your specific program requirements, your progress, and ensure proper registration. See Registering for Credit Classes for registration information and instructions.

Courses and costs are subject to change. See what's included in the cost calculation.

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Term 0 — Pre-Program Prerequisites *
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $859.00
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $898.00
ENG-105 Composition I 3 $630.00
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $630.00
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $630.00
Total Credits 17
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $3,647.00

* All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

* A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required in the prerequisite courses.

* Prerequisite coursework can be completed at Hawkeye Community College or at any accredited transfer institution.

Term 1 — Spring **
BIO-186 Microbiology 4 $888.00
CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $888.00
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $420.00
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2 $420.00
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts -OR- 3 $630.00
MAT-156 Statistics 3 $630.00
Total Credits 15
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $3,246.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $96.00

** A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required in Term 1 courses.

** Term 1 coursework can be completed at Hawkeye Community College or at any accredited transfer institution.

Term 2 — Summer
RCP-100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 $1412.00
RCP-260 Airway Maintenance Procedures 4 $865.00
Total Credits 7
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $2,277.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $807.00

Term 3 — Fall
RCP-315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 4 $1045.00
RCP-350 Pulmonary Pathology 3 $630.00
RCP-561 Introduction to Ventilator Support 3 $655.00
RCP-600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 3 $780.00
RCP-680 Clinical Respiratory Care 4 $920.00
Total Credits 17
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $4,030.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $460.00

Term 4 — Spring
RCP-410 Cardio/Pulmonary Diagnostics 3 $630.00
RCP-565 Intensive Respiratory Care 3 $1102.00
RCP-690 Clinical Intensive Care 8 $2130.00
RCP-875 Respiratory Care Applications 2 $780.00
Total Credits 16
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $4,642.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $1,282.00

Term 5 — Summer
RCP-900 Clinical Preceptor 4 $840.00
RCP-910 Respiratory Care RRT Review 2 $810.00
Total Credits 6
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $1,650.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $390.00

Cost Calculation

Calculations are based on 2022–2023 resident tuition and fees and course fees.

  • Course Cost Calculation: $210 × course credits + course fee (if applicable).

  • Total Tuition + Course Fees Calculation: Sum of tuition and course fees for all courses for the term.

    • If more than one course can be taken to fulfill the requirement, the first course listed is used in the total tuition and fees calculation.
  • Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: Remaining course fees after tuition has been subtracted.

Additional costs not included in the cost calculations:

Contact Information

Academic/College Success Advisor

Lisa Wright
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014 ext.1068
Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright

Faculty Advisor

Jamie Bute
Tama Hall 112
319-296-2329 ext.1919
Email Jamie Bute

Administrative Assistant

Tama Hall 110
319-296-4010

Dean

Science and Health Sciences

Troy Moran, Ed. D
Tama Hall 110B
319-296-4457
Email Troy Moran

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