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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 Not Provided 49% (483 reviews)
621 Programs, 1 in Respiratory Therapy (view all)
Campuses: Online
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Liberty University $11,700 60% (253 reviews)
488 Programs, 1 in Respiratory Therapy (view all)
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  • BS: Respiratory Therapy: Post-Licensure
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$3,760 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Seattle
$3,795 50% (2 reviews)
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$3,848 Add Review
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$3,878 100% (1 review)
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$3,990 Add Review
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$4,114 Add Review
Campuses: Farmington
$4,114 33% (9 reviews)
Campuses: Pasadena
$4,140 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Lincoln, Beatrice
$4,182 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Liberal
$4,224 Add Review
Campuses: Des Moines
$4,358 67% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Bloomfield Hills, Farmington Hills
$4,376 100% (2 reviews)
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Campuses: McKinney
$4,474 75% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Fort Lauderdale
$4,476 100% (6 reviews)
Campuses: El Paso
$4,522 50% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Norfolk
$4,545 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Omaha
$4,568 50% (2 reviews)
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Campuses: Victoria
$4,650 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Amarillo, Dumas, Hereford
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