Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care program prepares students for employment in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. Duties may include electrocardiograms, arterial blood gases, nebulizer treatments, inhalers, ventilator management, oxygen therapy, pulmonary function tests, and sleep studies.

Students train in Hawkeye’s state-of-the-art Van Gerpen Patient Simulator Laboratory using realistic full-body manikins and simulators to replicate a range of hospital settings and patient scenarios in a controlled environment.

Graduates are eligible to take the national examination for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. A social security number is required in order to take exams and apply for licensure.

Video: Watch our Respiratory Care program video.


The Respiratory Care program, 200457, Associate of Applied Science, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244

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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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