Respiratory Care

Partnership between EICC and NICC

A Respiratory Therapy program is available to our students through a cooperative partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC - 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).


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

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree, students must complete all course work and attain a minimum of a "C-" in each course. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.

General Education Courses to take at CCC, MCC or SCC (24 Credits)

  • BIO:168, Human Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab I, 4 credits
  • BIO:173, Human Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab II, 4 credits
  • BIO:186, Microbiology, 4 credits
  • CSC:110, Introduction to Computers, 3 credits
  • ENG:105, Composition I, 3 credits
  • MAT:041, Basic Math Skills OR Higher Level Math Course, 3 credits
  • PSY:111, Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits

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.

NICC Coursework (85.5 Credits)

Term 1 (11.5 Credits)

  • RCP:270, Respiratory Therapy Techniques I*, 8 credits
  • RCP:320, Respiratory Therapy Science I, 3.5 credits

Term 2 (11.5 Credits)

  • RCP:460, Respiratory Science II, 3.5 credits
  • RCP:540, Respiratory Therapy Techniques II, 8 credits

Term 3 (9 Credits)

  • RCP:350, Pulmonary Pathology **, 3 credits
  • RCP:490, Respiratory Therapy Science III**, 6 credits

Term 4 (10.5 Credits)

  • RCP:600, Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapy, 3 credits
  • RCP:820, Respiratory Therapy Techniques IV 7, .5 credits

Term 5 (19 Credits)

  • HSC:136, Advanced Life Support (ACLS/PALS), 1.5 credits
  • RCP:830, Respiratory Therapy V, 12 credits
  • RCP:840, Innovations in Respiratory Care, 5.5 credits


Current physical, immunization records, and American Heart Health Care Provider CPR or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification must be complete before attending the clinical portion of the respiratory care courses. A criminal record/child abuse registry check is also required and a positive report may prevent you from attendance in clinical and completion of the program. The clinical site may also require documentation of health insurance coverage and drug screening.

Students complete their clinical experiences in Dubuque, Iowa City, and Manchester, Iowa; and in Madison, Wisconsin.

Costs of Education

In addition to tuition and books, the educational costs of the respiratory therapy program include:

  • Background Check: $15 per last name
  • Physical exam/ Immunizations: Varies based on student's health insurance coverage and immunizations needed
  • Drug Testing: $75
  • Apparel, clinical supplies: $230
  • Computerized testing package: $300
  • Clinical Transportation (Gas and Lodging): Varies

Graduates of the Respiratory Care AAS. 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).

Note that NICC requires a minimum grade of C- in each course.

Note: The information provided in this Fact Sheet was accurate at the time of its creation and may not reflect subsequent changes made to the program. For the most current information about the Respiratory Therapy