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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: McKinney
$4,474 75% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Columbia
$16,131 Add Review
Campuses: Columbus
$8,430 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Columbus
$4,840 Add Review
Campuses: Pittsburgh, Monroeville, West Mifflin
$10,953 Add Review
Campuses: Aurora
$13,896 Add Review
Campuses: Baltimore
$10,340 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Philadelphia
$15,426 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Warwick
$12,156 Add Review
Campuses: Grand Prairie, Dallas, San Antonio
$13,997 - $31,540 43% (67 reviews)
Campuses: Saint Paul
$21,750 57% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Wesson
$5,180 Add Review
Campuses: Randolph
$11,790 Add Review
Campuses: Yucaipa
$7,527 100% (2 reviews)
Campuses: Vineland
$8,580 Add Review
Campuses: New York
$8,050 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Cleveland, Brunswick, Warrensville Heights, Westlake, <span class='has-tip' title='... Highland Hills, Parma'>...
$7,648 60% (5 reviews)
Campuses: Madison
$12,077 100% (4 reviews)
Campuses: Dalton
$12,634 100% (7 reviews)
Campuses: Daytona Beach, DeLand
$11,998 67% (3 reviews)
Campuses: Corpus Christi
$4,938 Add Review
Campuses: Media, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, Exton
$12,830 Add Review
Campuses: Dover, Georgetown, Wilmington
$11,372 100% (1 review)
Campuses: New Orleans
$8,368 Add Review
Campuses: University Center
$10,910 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, <span class='has-tip' title='... Des Moines, Ames, Perry'>...
$9,060 100% (1 review)
Campuses: Saint George
$14,548 100% (5 reviews)
Campuses: Durham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill
$6,566 Add Review
Campuses: Union
$4,896 Add Review
Campuses: Monterey Park
$7,016 Add Review

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