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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: Houston
$21,623 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: San Marcos
$21,900 98% (42 reviews)
Campuses: Norfolk
$11,489 67% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Charleston, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, <span class='has-tip' title='... St. George, Hollywood, Mt. Pleasant'>...
$8,484 43% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Rock Island
$27,534 Add Review
Campuses: River Grove
$12,539 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Tulsa
$8,581 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Tyler
$5,482 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Cranford
$10,280 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Akron
$15,500 93% (15 reviews)
Campuses: North Little Rock, Little Rock
$6,447 100% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Cincinnati, Batavia
$27,334 92% (61 reviews)
Campuses: Batavia
$12,548 100% (1 review)
Campuses: West Hartford
$40,694 78% (9 reviews)
Campuses: New Orleans
$14,180 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Indianapolis
$29,688 91% (11 reviews)
Campuses: Lawrence
$27,358 92% (38 reviews)
Campuses: Missoula
$24,959 92% (13 reviews)
Campuses: Charlotte
$20,287 85% (40 reviews)
Campuses: Johnstown
$25,120 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Rio Grande
$27,481 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Mobile
$16,292 77% (17 reviews)
Campuses: Evansville
$19,436 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: San Antonio
$12,719 Add Review
Campuses: Galveston
$17,564 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Washington D.C., Washington
$12,416 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: San Antonio
$31,484 100% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Syracuse
$23,551 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter Park
$9,383 60% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Randolph Center
$27,780 100% (3 reviews)

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