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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 Annual Tuition Not Provided Recommend Rate 49% (483 reviews)
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Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Recommend Rate 60% (253 reviews)
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Campuses: McKinney
Annual Tuition $4,474 Recommend Rate 75% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Columbia
Annual Tuition $16,131 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Columbus
Annual Tuition $8,430 Recommend Rate 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Columbus
Annual Tuition $4,840 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Pittsburgh, Monroeville, West Mifflin
Annual Tuition $10,953 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Aurora
Annual Tuition $13,896 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Baltimore
Annual Tuition $10,340 Recommend Rate 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Philadelphia
Annual Tuition $15,426 Recommend Rate 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Warwick
Annual Tuition $12,156 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Grand Prairie, Dallas, San Antonio
Annual Tuition $13,997 - $31,540 Recommend Rate 45% (64 reviews)
Campuses: Saint Paul
Annual Tuition $21,750 Recommend Rate 60% (5 reviews)
Campuses: Wesson
Annual Tuition $5,180 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Randolph
Annual Tuition $11,790 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Yucaipa
Annual Tuition $7,527 Recommend Rate 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Vineland
Annual Tuition $8,580 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: New York
Annual Tuition $8,050 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Cleveland, Brunswick, Warrensville Heights, Westlake, <span class='has-tip' title='... Highland Hills, Parma'>...
Annual Tuition $7,648 Recommend Rate 60% (5 reviews)
Campuses: Madison
Annual Tuition $12,077 Recommend Rate 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Dalton
Annual Tuition $12,634 Recommend Rate 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Daytona Beach, DeLand
Annual Tuition $11,998 Recommend Rate 67% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Corpus Christi
Annual Tuition $4,938 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Media, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, Exton
Annual Tuition $12,830 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Dover, Georgetown, Wilmington
Annual Tuition $11,372 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
Campuses: New Orleans
Annual Tuition $8,368 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: University Center
Annual Tuition $10,910 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
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Annual Tuition $9,060 Recommend Rate 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Saint George
Annual Tuition $14,548 Recommend Rate 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill
Annual Tuition $6,566 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Union
Annual Tuition $4,896 Recommend Rate Add Review
Campuses: Monterey Park
Annual Tuition $7,016 Recommend Rate Add Review

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