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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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Accredited Colleges Offering Respiratory Therapy Degrees
College Annual Tuition Recommend Rate
Campuses: Tallahassee
$17,725 100% (15 reviews)
Campuses: Topeka
$18,560 100% (9 reviews)
Campuses: Huntington
$18,614 75% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Fort Myers
$18,688 35% (79 reviews)
Campuses: Indiana, Punxsutawney, Freeport
$18,730 100% (24 reviews)
Campuses: Bowling Green
$19,093 94% (17 reviews)
Campuses: Evansville
$19,436 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Salisbury
$19,526 85% (13 reviews)
Campuses: Highland Heights
$19,680 83% (18 reviews)
Campuses: York
$20,100 100% (7 reviews)
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$20,208 44% (250 reviews)
Campuses: Charlotte
$20,287 85% (40 reviews)
Campuses: Orlando
$20,300 11% (9 reviews)
Campuses: Sioux City
$20,440 Add Review
Campuses: East Hartford
$20,898 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Norfolk, Richmond
$13,047 - $28,802 40% (5 reviews)
Campuses: Nashville
$21,512 71% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Houston
$21,623 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Providence
$21,692 100% (5 reviews)
Campuses: San Marcos
$21,900 98% (42 reviews)
Campuses: Mansfield
$22,030 67% (6 reviews)
Campuses: Saint Paul
$22,275 57% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Kankakee
$22,382 Add Review
Campuses: Richmond
$22,600 32% (118 reviews)
Campuses: Grand Prairie, Dallas, San Antonio
$13,997 - $31,540 43% (67 reviews)
Campuses: Pocatello
$22,940 75% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Augusta
$23,156 90% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Boise
$23,776 96% (28 reviews)
Campuses: Takoma Park
$23,900 100% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Atlanta
$23,971 87% (39 reviews)

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