All graduates of the DMACC respiratory therapist program have been employed in the profession.
Iowa SalaryEntry Wage: $43,800Average: $52,800Experienced: $57,400
Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
New students are accepted each fall semester.
The program requires a firm understanding of basic math.
Health records must be current to attend clinic.
Background Check could limit program completion
Learning opportunities include a simulation Center, 900+ hours of clinic at area healthcare facilities, didactic learning and lab learning
The first semester is heavy in didactic and laboratory learning. Clinic rotations start the second semester of the program. Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6 include 2 days a week of clinic and 2-3 mornings a week of class.
The large majority of Respiratory Therapy classes are during the morning hours.
There is a significant amount of learning time required outside of scheduled class and clinic time.
Students are supervised by licensed respiratory therapist during clinic rotations. During clinic hours, students are expected to perform skills that have been previously learned in respiratory courses.