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®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years.
- View the Program Admission Checklist.
In addition to the college enrollment process, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER CLASSIC® reading score of 70 or ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION® reading score of 250 (ACT® SAT® scores are also acceptable) and a minimum ALEKS® score of 14. 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.
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.
Licensure and Certification Disclosure
Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which NICC program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.
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: 844.642.2338, ext. 2274
- Location: Peosta
Kathleen Koch, B.B.A., B.S., R.R.T.
Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2338
- Location: Peosta