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2020 - 2021 Eastern Iowa Community College Catalog 
2020 - 2021 Eastern Iowa Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Respiratory Care, AAS

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Shared program. Degree awarded by Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa

Campus: Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges/Northeast Iowa Community College

The Respiratory Care program prepares students to be respiratory care practitioners 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.

Partnership Between EICC and NICC

A Respiratory Therapy program is available to our students through a cooperative partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The application process, admission, costs, and clinical requirements for the Respiratory Care program can be found at www.nicc.edu/respiratorycare.

Transferring to NICC

Students need to complete an NICC application indicating a major in Respiratory Therapy. Students must also complete a transcript request form at the Registrar’s Office of CCC, MCC or SCC so that the Registrar submits their course transcript to NICC.

Plan of Study

Term 1

Term Total: 15.50 Credits

Term 2

  • 3.00 Credit(s) 1
  • RCP 460 - Respiratory Science II 3.50 Credit(s)
  • RCP 540 - Respiratory Therapy Techniques II 8.00 Credit(s)
  • MAT:___ Math Elective Above 100 3.00 Credit(s)

Term Total: 17.50 Credits

Term 3

Term Total: 16.00 Credits

Term 4

Term Total: 17.50 Credits

Term 5

  • HSC 136 - Advanced Life Support (ACLS/PALS) 1.50 Credit(s)
  • RCP 830 - Respiratory Therapy V 12.00 Credit(s)
  • RCP 840 - Innovations in Respiratory Care 5.50 Credit(s)

Term Total: 19.00 Credits

AAS Total: 85.50 Credits


1 Courses that may be completed at Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community College.

2 Must have CPR Certification - Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer Level.

3 Courses are offered online only. All other respiratory care courses are offered in the classroom setting at the NICC campus located in Peosta, Iowa.

After completing the program, students earn an AAS degree and are eligible for credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Non-discrimination Statement / Equal Educational Opportunities

It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Debora J. Sullivan, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-3487, djsullivan@eicc.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois  60661-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

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