Respiratory Therapy Program


The Respiratory Care program at DMACC will prepare professional respiratory therapists to care and treat individuals with cardiopulmonary conditions of all ages. ​

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Iowa Salary:​

  • Entry wage: $43,800 
  • Average wage: $52,800
  • Experienced wage: $57,400

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development​​

Graduates are eligible to take the national credentialing examinations for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. ​

Program Goal:
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behaviors) learning domains of respiratory care practice as Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs).

Student Testimonials

DMACC Respiratory Therapy Degree student Amy Sonderman        ​Tejen Adhikari​
Respiratory Therapy
Helping other have always been my passion. Being respiratory therapist, I would be a frontline helper to the people that have breathing issues with various diseases and conditions. As far as the program goes, DMACC has lower fees, great group of professors and staff who goes extra miles to help student succeed.
Naomie Lemeuble

Naomie Lemeuble

Respiratory Therapy
I am from Haiti and I moved to Iowa in 2014. Since I started this profession, where I am basically exposed to every single side of it (classroom, hospitals and administration), I don’t wake up every morning wondering what I am doing with my life anymore. My classmates are awesome and my teachers make themselves available for me to ask ​questions. ​

DMACC Respiratory Therapy Degree student Amy Sonderman

Giange Nguyen

Respiratory Therapy
DMACC has small size classes and professors who see my potential and resources to help me succeed. DMACC also provides a number of environments to practice essential skills not only at school but also at most hospitals in Des Moines areas like Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Mercy, where I can do clinicals to help me gain and develop experiences.​