Respiratory Therapist Current Students

Are you a current student in the Respiratory Therapist program? You have embarked on studies for an important career, where you will help patients with breathing disorders and cardiovascular problems.

As you get started in this program, review important program materials like compliance information, registration and orientation details, program statistics, and more.

Course registration information for Respiratory Therapy students is located below. Please read the following information that will be helpful when registering for your next semester classes:

  • Priority registration information has been sent to you via email for the upcoming semester
  • Register for classes through MyHub
  • Remember to run your degree audit (through MyHub) to ensure you are on track for graduation

Questions? Call 319-398-5566 or visit Allied Health in 2164 Linn Hall for assistance.

Attendance at the RT Technical Program orientation is mandatory. Please check back for upcoming orientation dates. This orientation is program-specific and separate from new student orientation. Please refer to the compliance section in the program handbook on Talon for the Respiratory Therapist Program.

Questions about orientation? Contact:

Tammy Alt, Respiratory Therapy Program Director


Have more questions about this program, or want to dive deeper into the program details? Read the Respiratory Therapist Program student handbook, which can be accessed by current students by logging in to Talon.


View outcome data from the Annual Report of Current Status for all Respiratory Therapy programs in the United States from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Specific statistics for Kirkwood’s program are listed in alphabetical order by state. Please note, the statistics listed are a three-year running average. Current statistics for Kirkwood’s program will be discussed at the program conference.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
P.O. Box 54876

Hurst, TX 76054-4876


The Compliance Process in 5 Steps

Step 1: Creation of a CastleBranch Account:
All students will create and pay for their compliance process through CastleBranch's online process. Students must use the following information when creating their account based on the standard process determined by the Allied Health Department at Kirkwood Community College.

The account creation process is standard for all students so we can assist with questions throughout the process.

  • Students visit CastleBranch to order their program specific package and create their account.
  • Students must submit payment for these accounts at the time they are set up. Please have a debit or credit card avaliable when you sit down to create your account.

Step 2: Background Check Process
Students are required to go through the completion of the background check as part of the Respiratory Therapist program. Once a student has created their account with CastleBranch, they will have 72 hours to complete the background check portion.

It is important to complete the background check process within 72 hours or you will be timed out and will have to redo the process at an additional cost to you as a student.

  • Once you have your account created, you will download the Abuse Registry Check forms which must be complete for the CastleBranch check process. Please remember that these forms must be completed and returned to CastleBranch based on guidelines established. Information on how to return these forms to CastleBranch will be provided in the information you download.
  • A sample copy of this form is here for your review. Students must submit the Child and Dependent Adult Abuse release form. Do not use them as documents to submit.
  • Instructions on how to submit these completed forms are housed on the instruction forms you receive in your download. It is important that these forms are submitted to CastleBranch via fax or email provided on the Coversheet within 72 hours of starting the process. 

Step 3: Health Records and Immunizations
Students are required to complete a program physical and provide documentation that several immunizations have been completed prior to going to clinical rotations.

Health physicals and immunization records must be submitted to CastleBranch and will be housed in your student account. The following information will show you what forms need to be completed and how to submit them to CastleBranch.

  1. The General Health Physical
  2. Kirkwood Immunization Record
  3. Privacy/Confidentiality Statement form must be completed

All records on the form must contain the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Student's k-number
  • Student's program
  • Signature from the health care provider
  • Clinical contact information (address, phone number etc)
  • Dates the variables were completed

Forms missing one or all of these will not be accepted by CastleBranch.
All required immunization items, and details on how to meet requirements, are available in CastleBranch. 

Documents are submitted to CastleBranch via scan and upload, fax or mail for each variable to CastleBranch. If you fax or mail, you must print an independent coversheet for each variable. The fax or mail coversheets are housed in the upper-right hand corner of your Document Center portion of your CastleBranch account.

Step 4: Additional Compliance Certifications

Students are required to complete additional compliance certifications based on the program requirements. All forms needed for this compliance are found in CastleBranch. Please print the necessary forms to be able to complete these sections of compliance including:

  • The University of Iowa Insurance form
  • Front and back of insurance card
  • HIPAA and OSHA (quizzes in Talon, please submit submission view)


Step 5: Print Clinical Compliance Documentation for Clinical Coordinators

  • Open up and log in to your CastleBranch account using your email address and password
  • On your student profile page, you need to click on "Document Center" then "My Documents"
  • Click "Clinical Requirements K146 Respiratory Therapist Program"
  • Click "Results"
  • Click "Download"

Results summary will show up in a PDF file you can print.

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:

Students participate in clinicals during four semesters and 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 (5:45 a.m. - 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.

In the fall of 2013, Kirkwood Community College signed an articulation agreement with Weber State Univeristy located in Salt Lake City, UT. The articulation agreement will allow students who successfully complete the Associates of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy at Kirkwood Community College and who successfully pass the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) Board Exam to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy from Weber State University.

The bachelor's degree coursework is entirely online and will allow students to work during the completion of their degree.

Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

Students wishing to attend Weber State University to complete their bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy must fulfill the following requirements through Kirkwood Community College:

  • Graduate from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Respiratory Therapy (RT) AFTER 2013 with an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher                  
  • Pass the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) Exam
  • Be a current licensed professional

For general questions please contact:

Tammy Alt, Respiratory Therapy Program Director


Questions? Follow These Steps

  • Read the compliance page again and see if there is anything you missed.
  • Contact CastleBranch by locating the Contact Us link in your CastleBranch Account or use the Instant Messenger feature.
  • Contact the Allied Health Department at 319-398-5566 or 2164 Linn Hall.