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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: Shreveport
$7,432 Add Review
Campuses: Sylva
$7,589 Add Review
Campuses: Belleville, Granite City
$15,870 Add Review
Campuses: Spartanburg
$9,006 0% (1 review)
Campuses: Lexington, Louisville
$20,400 - $21,525 0% (1 review)
Campuses: Spokane
$8,813 Add Review
Campuses: Springfield
$12,576 100% (1 review)
Campuses: San Antonio
$13,770 Add Review
Campuses: Saint Paul
$38,170 46% (11 reviews)
Campuses: Palatka, Orange Park, St. Augustine
$10,347 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Sioux City
$20,440 Add Review
Campuses: Clearwater
$11,607 50% (12 reviews)
Campuses: Albemarle
$8,805 Add Review
Campuses: North Canton
$6,794 50% (12 reviews)
Campuses: Logan, Ogden, Orem, Murray, <span class='has-tip' title='... St. George, Layton'>...
$16,968 34% (65 reviews)
Campuses: Stony Brook
$26,767 93% (30 reviews)
Campuses: Loch Sheldrake
$10,504 Add Review
Campuses: Newton
$10,950 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Tacoma
$9,564 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Tallahassee
$8,062 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Fort Worth
$6,885 75% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Temple
$5,976 Add Review
Campuses: Nashville
$21,132 71% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Houston
$21,623 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: San Marcos
$21,605 98% (42 reviews)
Campuses: Norfolk
$11,362 67% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Charleston, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, <span class='has-tip' title='... St. George, Hollywood, Mt. Pleasant'>...
$8,188 43% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Rock Island
$27,458 Add Review
Campuses: River Grove
$12,076 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Tulsa
$8,237 100% (2 reviews)

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