Respiratory Care

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree


Five terms. One outstanding career. We partnered with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to offer you this AAS program. It is a quick and easy path to your new profession in healthcare.

What You Learn in Respiratory Care

Start with the human body and how it functions, and grow from there. Learn the science of respiratory and cardiovascular systems and techniques to provide care to patients of all ages. Take some courses with us and most of your respiratory therapy education from NICC. Complete the program and take the National Board for Respiratory Care exam.

What Can I Do as a Respiratory Therapist? 

As an allied health specialist you play a crucial role on the healthcare team. Work closely with physicians to care for patients with breathing and heart conditions. Provide assessment, treatment, diagnostic testing, and rehab. Work in hospitals, clinics, home health, and more. 

A Solid Foundation


Here’s a microscope


Examine the fundamentals of behavior. Study theory and research.

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Let’s survey

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Dive into the structure and function of the human body.


Go to the lab


Examine, classify, study reproduction and genetics of the microbial world.


Be critical


Analyze texts, do some critical thinking, writing, and research.

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Ready, Set, Go!

Yes, earn your AAS in Respiratory Care in two years and launch your new profession. You have so many options before you. Apply now. Here are some more details:

The application process, admission, costs, and clinical requirements for the Respiratory Care program can be found at Don’t forget to stop by the CCC, MCC or SCC Registrar’s Office and request your transcript be submitted to NICC.

You must provide documentation of CPR certification at the healthcare provider or professional rescuer level. 

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Need some extra help? We offer drop-in and scheduled tutoring on each campus, and online, too. You can also get a writing consultation via email. Visit our tutoring centers for more information on services and schedules.

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Counseling Services

Yes, you can do this. You can achieve your goals, and we are here to help. Need some coping strategies or just want to talk? Our Student Assistance Program provides free, confidential mental health services, including short-term counseling and referrals. Meet with a counselor in person or via Telehealth. Just call 309-779-2273 or 800-383-7900 to schedule an appointment.


Your Degree = Success

Complete your education in two years. Qualify for better jobs. Earn a higher salary. Enjoy a better quality of life. The benefits of an associate's degree are impressive and wide-ranging.

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Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Respiratory Care: Locations

Clinton Community College

1000 Lincoln Blvd.
Clinton, IA 52732
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Muscatine Community College

152 Colorado St.
Muscatine, IA 52761
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Scott Community College

500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
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