Respiratory Care

Just breathe easy, you'll be on your way to your Life. Changing. career in no time!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main) and Southeastern Community College Main Campus
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 8 Terms (24 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Degree awarded by SCC


Respiratory Care is a specialty field in the health occupation career field. Simply stated, "It deals with everything to do with the heart and lungs from babies through adulthood." This field is growing rapidly and has a great demand for graduates with an associate degree in respiratory care. Respiratory care ranks among the Top 20 fastest growing occupations for the 21st century. 

This two-year program includes clinical studies. These clinical studies consist of hands-on training that will take place in rotating hospitals within a 75-mile radius. Graduates of this program will be able to initiate, conduct, or modify respiratory care techniques in emergency and non-emergency settings. 

Upon successful graduation from the Advanced Respiratory Care Program, the student will be eligible to sit for the following credentialing exams offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care, NBRC: National Certification Exam and the National Registry. Upon satisfactory completion, students can obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. . 

This is a shared program with Southeastern Community College. Students enrolled in this program are dual enrolled to both IHCC and SCC, completing courses on both campuses.


Admission to this program requires completion of a Program Conference with Heather Larson, Program Director Allied Health. To schedule your conference, contact Heather at


What you will learn:
  • Examine patients with breathing disorders

  • Measure lung capacity

  • Develop patient treatment plans


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Respiratory Care Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life. Changing. Career as a Respiratory Therapist Technician in clincial or home health settings!

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Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Heather!

larsonHeather Larson, MBA, RD, LD, Program Director, Allied Health
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5311 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5311