Respiratory care practitioners are allied health specialists who play a crucial role within the healthcare team. Working closely with physicians and other healthcare professionals, they care for patients with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Under the supervision of a physician, they are involved with the assessment, treatment, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation and prevention of conditions that affect the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Employment opportunities are found in hospitals, clinics, home healthcare agencies, product support and sales, education, rehabilitation and continuing care and health/disease prevention programs.
Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.
- Certified Respiratory Therapist
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
In addition to the College enrollment process, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER® reading score of 70 (ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable) and a minimum ALEKS® score of 15. The following course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or above within five years from the date of application:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I [BIO:168]
The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.
|BIO:173||Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab||4.0|
|RCP:271||Respiratory Therapy Techniques I||6.0|
|RCP:320||Respiratory Therapy Science I||3.5|
|SDV:179||The College Experience||3.0|
|MAT:110||Math for Liberal Arts||3.0|
|RCP:460||Respiratory Science II||3.5|
|RCP:540||Respiratory Therapy Techniques II||8.0|
|PSY:111||Intro to Psychology||3.0|
|RCP:490||Respiratory Therapy Science III||6.0|
|RCP:600||Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy||3.0|
|RCP:820||Respiratory Therapy Techniques IV||7.5|
|HSC:136||Advanced Life Support (ACLS/PALS)||1.5|
|RCP:831||Respiratory Therapy Techniques V||10.0|
|RCP:840||Innovations in Respiratory Care||5.5|
To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Students are required to take courses in an online or hybrid format.
Graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree are eligible for credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Download the Respiratory Care Goals and Evaluation Systems.
Classes are scheduled two or three days per week at the Peosta Campus. Clinical experiences are scheduled at the affiliate hospitals and home care providers located within a 110-mile radius of the campus. The clinical experience greatly enhances your education. You may work day or evening shifts, and you must provide your own transportation and lodging when necessary. Car pools are considered when making assignments to the clinical areas.
Respiratory Care students have the opportunity to utilize the College's Health Simulation Laboratories at the Peosta campus for hands-on learning experiences.
The Respiratory Care program currently has transfer agreements in place with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.
Respiratory Care Program Director
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 274
- Location: Peosta
Respiratory Care Faculty, Clinical Coordinator
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 800.728.7367, ext. 338
- Location: Peosta