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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: Bossier City
$8,589 Add Review
Campuses: Bowling Green
$18,593 94% (17 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: Lincroft
$7,911 0% (1 review)
Campuses: Fort Lauderdale
$4,476 86% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Oroville
$6,984 100% (1 review)
Campuses: San Diego, National City, San Marcos
$16,968 20% (10 reviews)
Campuses: Blackwood
$4,440 Add Review
Campuses: Buffalo
$36,454 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Cape Girardeau
$13,662 Add Review
Campuses: Milwaukee, Brookfield, Pleasant Prairie, Madison, <span class='has-tip' title='... Beloit, Jefferson, Wausau, Reedsburg'>...
$28,844 33% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Pittsburgh, Cranberry, Greensburg
$28,596 100% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Spokane
$13,975 - $54,125 20% (55 reviews)
Campuses: Morehead City
$9,224 Add Review
Campuses: Charleston
$5,237 Add Review
Campuses: Casper
$7,536 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Hickory
$8,729 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Albuquerque
$7,170 100% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Charlotte
$8,936 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Lynchburg
$10,654 Add Review
Campuses: Chattanooga
$15,727 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Neilsville, <span class='has-tip' title='... River Falls'>...
$6,287 Add Review
Campuses: Cincinnati
$7,393 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Cisco
$4,710 Add Review
Campuses: Chicago
$11,906 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Clarion
$15,636 100% (8 reviews)
Campuses: Clarksdale
$2,803 Add Review
Campuses: Waycross
$4,850 Add Review
Campuses: Glen Ellyn, Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, <span class='has-tip' title='... Lisle, Naperville, West Chicago, Westmont'>...
$11,760 60% (5 reviews)
Campuses: Las Vegas
$10,063 80% (5 reviews)

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