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Accredited Colleges Offering Respiratory Therapy Degrees

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The goal of respiratory therapists is to cure or improve breathing disorders that people may be born with or develop later in life. For example, a patient with bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease would seek treatment from a respiratory therapist. In order to clear the breathing pathways of patients, respiratory therapists have the responsibility of administering aerosolized drugs, facilitating the use of oxygen delivery devices, performing endotracheal intubation suctioning, putting patients on and off life support, inserting the arterial lines, collecting and interpreting arterial blood samples, and more.

To become a respiratory therapist, you must devote at least two years to obtaining your associate degree. If after this time, you would like to advance your career, you might consider obtaining a bachelor's degree or master's degree in respiratory therapy. Whatever degree you pursue, however, it must come from a school that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. If you receive a degree that is not accredited by one of these two agencies, you may have a difficult time becoming certified or even getting a job. Before you can start work as a respiratory therapist in the United States, you must receive your Certified Respiratory Therapist credential.

Respiratory therapists must, at the very minimum, complete their associate degree in respiratory therapy at a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. If you live anywhere in the United States, you must obtain your license before you can start working as a respiratory therapist. In order to be licensed, you must first meet the eligibility requirements provided by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

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Walden University Annual Tuition Not Provided Recommend Rate 49% (475 reviews)
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Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Recommend Rate 60% (249 reviews)
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Campuses: Albany
Annual Tuition $16,136 Recommend Rate 100% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Everett, Somerset
Annual Tuition $8,620 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Alvin
Annual Tuition $3,878 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Amarillo, Dumas, Hereford
Annual Tuition $4,704 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Ontario, Long Beach
Annual Tuition $34,450 - $34,950 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Orlando
Annual Tuition $20,300 Recommend Rate 11% (9 reviews)
Campuses: Clifton, Tomsriver
Annual Tuition $15,995 - $20,300 Recommend Rate 25% (16 reviews)
Campuses: Sacramento
Annual Tuition $8,208 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Lufkin
Annual Tuition $5,430 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Lancaster
Annual Tuition $6,500 Recommend Rate 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Savannah
Annual Tuition $15,900 Recommend Rate 75% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Ashland
Annual Tuition $13,800 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Mays Landing
Annual Tuition $7,851 Recommend Rate 50% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Augusta, Grovetown, Thomson, Waynesboro
Annual Tuition $4,930 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Augusta
Annual Tuition $23,606 Recommend Rate 90% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Enid
Annual Tuition $3,270 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Auburn Hills
Annual Tuition --- Recommend Rate 0% (1 review)
Campuses: Flint
Annual Tuition $9,360 Recommend Rate 0% (7 reviews)
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Annual Tuition $9,360 Recommend Rate 56% (100 reviews)
Campuses: Muncie
Annual Tuition $25,942 Recommend Rate 100% (27 reviews)
Campuses: Baltimore
Annual Tuition $7,154 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Memphis
Annual Tuition $11,542 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Louisville
Annual Tuition $40,750 Recommend Rate 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Paramus
Annual Tuition $8,338 Recommend Rate 100% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Pittsfield
Annual Tuition $10,828 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Prestonsburg
Annual Tuition $13,800 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Pocahontas
Annual Tuition $5,448 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Quincy
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Campuses: Lexington
Annual Tuition $13,880 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Boise
Annual Tuition $22,642 Recommend Rate 96% (24 reviews)

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