Respiratory Care AAS Degree Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of 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.

2021–2022 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Spring 2022. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

When registering for classes refer to your Academic Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses are subject to change.

Pre-Program Prerequisites *
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I E 4
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II E 4
ENG-105 Composition I O E 3
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology O E 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication O E 3
Total Credits 17

* 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.

Semester 1 — Spring
BIO-186 Microbiology E 4
CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry E 4
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts -OR- O E 3
MAT-156 Statistics O E 3
Total Credits 15

Semester 2 — Summer
RCP-100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3
RCP-260 Airway Maintenance Procedures 4
Total Credits 7

Semester 3 — Fall
RCP-315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 4
RCP-350 Pulmonary Pathology 3
RCP-561 Introduction to Ventilator Support 3
RCP-600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 3
RCP-680 Clinical Respiratory Care 4
Total Credits 17

Semester 4 — Spring
RCP-410 Cardio/Pulmonary Diagnostics 3
RCP-565 Intensive Respiratory Care 3
RCP-690 Clinical Intensive Care 8
RCP-875 Respiratory Care Applications 2
Total Credits 16

Semester 5 — Summer
RCP-900 Clinical Preceptor 4
RCP-910 Respiratory Care RRT Review 2
Total Credits 6

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