Respiratory Care

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 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.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

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.

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.

Prerequisites – Fall
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $711.00
CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4 $711.00
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3 $533.25
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2 $355.50
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 16
Prerequisites – Spring
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $711.00
BIO186 Microbiology 4 $711.00
ENG105 Composition I 3 $533.25
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $533.25
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $533.25

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Total Credits 17
Semester 1 – Summer
RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3 $888.25
RCP260 Airway Maintenance Procedures 4 $711.00

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Total Credits 7
Semester 2 – Fall
RCP315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics 4 $816.00
RCP350 Pulmonary Pathology 3 $533.25
RCP561 Introduction to Ventilator Support 3 $553.25
RCP600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy 3 $663.25
RCP680 Clinical Respiratory Care 4 $916.00

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Total Credits 17
Semester 3 – Spring
RCP410 Cardio/Pulmonary Diagnostics 3 $533.25
RCP565 Intensive Respiratory Care 3 $823.25
RCP690 Clinical Intensive Care 8 $1847.00
RCP875 Respiratory Care Applications 2 $715.50

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Total Credits 16
Semester 4 – Summer
RCP900 Clinical Preceptor 4 $711.00
RCP910 Respiratory Care RRT Review 2 $745.50

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Total Credits 6

Course Cost Calculation:
2017–2018 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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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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