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Respiratory Care

Campus Location: Peosta

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Description:

Respiratory care practitioners are allied health specialists who play a crucial role within the health care team. Working closely with physicians and other health care 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 health care agencies, product support and sales, education, rehabilitation and continuing care and health/disease prevention programs.

When you graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, you are eligible for credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Respiratory Care

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, program applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirement (ACCUPLACER Reading 70 and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic 80 or Elementary Algebra 44) on a basic skills assessment for placement in reading and math. A skill developing activity is available at no cost if you do not meet the minimum requirements on the first testing.

The College has contracted the services of Certified Background to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:

  • Background check - includes a nationwide criminal history search and child, dependent adult and sex offender registry checks.
  • Health records - physical and immunizations (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B, 2 step TB, Tdap and influenza).
  • Training - CPR (American Heart Association HealthCare Provider CPR or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer), mandatory reporter of child and dependent adult abuse, HIPAA and blood borne pathogens.
  • Drug testing - prior to clinical participation, random, post incident/accident and suspicion. Students are required to be substance free throughout the program.

In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.

Note: Background checks will be evaluated per the NICC program compliance policy and by the Iowa Department of Human Services, if applicable. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.

You need to be aware of the following physical demands during your clinical education courses. Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, pushing and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive action, such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors. You may also be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. You may need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the credentialing exam.

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

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 85

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:165 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BIO:167 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1.0
MAT:041 Basic Math or higher-level Math 3.0
RCP:270 Respiratory Therapy Techniques I 8.0
RCP:320 Respiratory Therapy Science I 3.5

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
BIO:170 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0
BIO:172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1.0
RCP:460 Respiratory Science II 3.5
RCP:540 Respiratory Therapy Techniques II 8.0
* Computer Elective 1.5

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
RCP:350 Pulmonary Pathology 3.0
RCP:490 Respiratory Therapy Science III 6.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
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

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
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

 *Electives

Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200

Note: Students are required to take courses in an online or hybrid format. Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College.

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Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$40,423 - $47,179

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)

40

Employers of NICC Alumni

CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL
Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Genesis, Silvis, IL and Davenport, IA
Grandview Hospital, Oelwein, IA
Harmony House Healthcare, Waterloo, IA
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Mayo Health Systems, La Crosse, WI
Mercy Hospital, Clinton, IA
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Mason City, IA
Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kriksville, MO
Pella Regional Health Center, Pella, IA
Prairie Du Chein Memorial Hospital, Prairie Du Chein, WI
Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, IA
Santa Rose Hospital, Santa Rosa, CA
St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT
Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island, IL
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA

Sample Job Titles

Certified Respiratory Therapist
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)


 

Respiratory Care

Additional Information:

Students need to be aware of the following physical demands during your clinical education courses. Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, pushing, and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive action such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation, and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors. You may also be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage.  You may need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the credentialing exam.

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.

The program at NICC is an accredited program through CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care).

View the Respiratory Care Policy Manual (2013).

Related Organizations

AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care) is a professional membership association for Respiratory Care Professionals and allied health specialists interested in cardiopulmonary care.

Respiratory Care Clinical Sites

Mercy Medical Center; Dubuque, IA
The Finley Hospital; Dubuque, IA
Medical Associates; Dubuque, IA
Mercy Home Care; Dubuque, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City, IA
University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
Regional Medical Center; Manchester, IA

Contacts

Amy Rausch
Respiratory Care Program Director
800.728.7367, ext. 274
rauscha@nicc.edu