Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Courses

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

The Respiratory Care program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

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

2016–2017 Suggested Sequence of Study and Course Cost

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General Education courses
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite. See the course description for more details.

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

  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a 2.75 cumulative GPA prior to registering for RCP courses.

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

Prerequisites – Fall
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $674.00
CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $674.00
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3 $505.50
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2 $337.00
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $505.50

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Total Credits 16
Prerequisites – Spring
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab 4 $674.00
BIO186 Microbiology 4 $674.00
ENG105 Composition I 3 $505.50
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $505.50
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $505.50

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Total Credits 17
Semester 1 – Summer
RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 $1015.50
RCP260 Airway Maintenance Procedures 4 $699.00

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Total Credits 7
Semester 2 – Fall
RCP315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 4 $779.00
RCP350 Pulmonary Pathology 3 $505.50
RCP561 Introduction to Ventilator Support 3 $525.50
RCP600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 3 $660.50
RCP680 Clinical Respiratory Care 4 $879.00

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Total Credits 17
Semester 3 – Spring
RCP410 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3 $505.50
RCP565 Intensive Respiratory Care 3 $795.50
RCP690 Clinical Intensive Care 8 $1773.00
RCP875 Respiratory Care Applications 2 $717.00

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Total Credits 16
Semester 4 – Summer
RCP900 Clinical Preceptor 4 $674.00
RCP910 Respiratory Care RRT Review 2 $337.00

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Total Credits 6

Course Cost Calculation:
2016–2017 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Student Success Specialist: Health Science

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

Heidi Hudson
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Program Advisor

Jamie Bute
Grundy Hall 184
319-296-2329 ext.1919
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Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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