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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: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Ontario, Long Beach
$34,450 - $34,950 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Buffalo
$36,454 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Jacksonville
$9,992 43% (40 reviews)
Campuses: Columbus, Lima, Marion
$29,696 98% (93 reviews)
Campuses: Wichita Falls
$10,644 90% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Spokane
$13,975 - $54,125 20% (54 reviews)
Campuses: Salt Lake City
$16,968 54% (99 reviews)
Campuses: Grand Prairie, Dallas, San Antonio
$13,997 - $31,540 44% (66 reviews)
Campuses: San Diego, National City, San Marcos
$16,968 20% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Visalia, Bakersfield, Delano, Fresno, <span class='has-tip' title='... Hanford, Hesperia, Lancaster, Madera, Salida, Ontario, Rancho Cordova, Chula Vista, Temecula'>...
$30,175 46% (80 reviews)
Campuses: Arlington, Beaumont, Dallas, Fort Worth, <span class='has-tip' title='... Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, El Paso'>...
$14,236 - $19,760 48% (40 reviews)
Campuses: Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lakeland, <span class='has-tip' title='... Melbourne, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Miami, New Port Richey, Clearwater'>...
$19,224 44% (247 reviews)
Campuses: Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Fort Myers
$18,488 35% (79 reviews)
Campuses: Claremont
$15,751 0% (1 review)
Campuses: Richmond
$22,600 32% (118 reviews)
Campuses: Albany
$16,136 88% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Everett, Somerset
$8,620 Add Review
Campuses: Alvin
$3,878 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Amarillo, Dumas, Hereford
$4,704 Add Review
Campuses: Orlando
$20,300 11% (9 reviews)
Campuses: Clifton, Tomsriver
$15,995 - $20,300 25% (16 reviews)
Campuses: Sacramento
$8,208 Add Review
Campuses: Lufkin
$5,430 Add Review
Campuses: Lancaster
$6,500 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Savannah
$15,900 75% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Ashland
$13,800 Add Review
Campuses: Mays Landing
$7,851 33% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Augusta, Grovetown, Thomson, Waynesboro
$4,930 Add Review
Campuses: Augusta
$23,606 90% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Enid
$3,270 Add Review

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