Respiratory Therapist

The clinical experience is one of the most important elements in any respiratory therapist program. Kirkwood is proud to be affiliated with some of the finest hospitals in Eastern Iowa, including:

University of IowaHospitals and Clinics -- Iowa City
Mercy Hospital -- Iowa City

Mercy Hospital - Clinton, IA   
Veterans Administration Medical Center -- Iowa City
St. Luke's Hospital -- Cedar Rapids
Mercy Medical Center -- Cedar Rapids
Marshalltown Medical Center -- Marshalltown
EISC--Eastern Iowa Sleep Clinic
St. Luke's Home Care
Virginia Gay Hospital -- Vinton
Hammer Medical
CarePro Home Medical
Genesis--Quad Cities

Students do clinicals during four semesters. Students rotate between different units and/or hospitals every week. Clinical adjunct orient and guide students through their first clinical semester. As students gain experience and confidence, they receive individual instruction from staff therapists and clinical faculty appointees. Clinical faculty are always available for consultation and to answer questions.

The clinical curriculum can be summarized as follows:

RC Clinic I: One day per week, 8 hrs/day  (first year, spring semester)
Summer Clinicals:  Three clinical days for 8 hrs/day, (Total=24 hrs done during 2nd 6 weeks of summer)
RC Clinic II: Two days per week for 12 weeks, (Total= 16 hrs/week: Two 8 hour shifts) (Second year, fall semester)
RC Clinic III: Two days per week for 12 weeks, (Total= 24hrs/week: Two 12 hour shifts)(second year, spring semester)

Ninety percent of the clinics are on day shift (5:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.) or (5:45am - 7 p.m.)

Most clinic sites are within a 90-minute drive of Cedar Rapids. Students should plan for the added expense of clinical travel and parking.