Kerry George, RRT, MEd, FAARC

​Respiratory Therapy Program Director DMACC Ankeny Campus

Kerry has been a DMACC instructor since 1977.

“I have been able to develop and refine the program to be one of the very best in the nation,” said Kerry. “DMACC has provided the program with the resources needed to keep current in the healthcare profession.”

In 2013, Kerry was awarded the Jimmy Albert Young Medal by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). The award is the highest honor given by professional peers. In an article about Kerry, the AARC highlights his advancement of the respiratory care profession including contributions for the AARC and credentialing organizations. He also served as AARC president and presided over the biggest change in credentialing of respiratory therapists since the implementation of computerized test administration.

Kerry earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an M.S. in Education from Iowa State University.

Kerry says he enjoys seeing DMACC graduates become leaders in a profession that has a direct impact on people.

“The profession has evolved from being an extra pair of hands for the physician to holding an essential place in the provision of direct care,” said Kerry. “Respiratory Therapists have a significant impact on patients. They use problem solving and critical thinking skills, technology and psychomotor skills to evaluate patients and make decisions about care.”

Kerry enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren, officiating swimming competitions and working in the Guest Services department at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

Contact George at or (515) 964-6298.

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Kerry George