Respiratory Care

Health Sciences

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.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 81.5
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $18,093*
Program Supplies: $1,557

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$20,494 - 63,716

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.

Potential Careers

  • Certified Respiratory Therapist
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. 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.

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2019-2020 Respiratory Care Class Schedule


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:350 Pulmonary Pathology 3.0
RCP:490 Respiratory Therapy Science III 6.0


BIO:183 Microbiology 3.0
BIO:184 Microbiology Lab 1.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
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.

The Respiratory Care Program (200396) awards an Associate of Applied Science Degree at the Peosta campus and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 

For CoARC programmatic outcomes data, visit Programmatic Outcomes Data.

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.

Class Hours

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.

Simulation Labs

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.

Amy Rausch
Respiratory Care Program Director

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2274
  • Location: Peosta
Katie Koch

Kathleen Koch, B.B.A., B.S., R.R.T.
Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2338
  • Location: Peosta