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Respiratory Therapy Degrees

What type of degree is required to become a respiratory therapist?

Respiratory therapist must obtain a minimum of an associate’s degree but many baccalaureate degrees are now available and new programs are continually starting. The respiratory therapy associate’s degree programs typically take two years to complete and the bachelor’s programs take four years. There are accelerated programs available. Most RT programs are available at community colleges.

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Do respiratory therapy programs have to be accredited?

In order for students to be eligible for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams, they must graduate with a minimum

What is the cost of tuition for most respiratory therapist programs?

The cost of a program is dependent upon the institution and location. Schools can range from $8,000 to $50,000 for a two-year degree, typically costing somewhere in the middle. It depends largely on whether the school chosen is public or private.

Are there typically prerequisites for entry into a respiratory therapist program?

Most schools require chemistry and algebra courses to be complete prior to enrolling in a respiratory therapy program but this can vary based on the specific school.

What kinds of courses are included in a respiratory therapist program?

    • Cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology

    • Physics

    • Pharmacology

    • Therapeutics

    • Mechanical ventilation

    • Beginning and advanced patient assessment

    • Pediatrics and neonatology

    • Cardiopulmonary diseases

  • Clinical (internships in hospitals)

Are internships required to graduate from these programs?

Typically programs require clinical rotations in various areas of the hospitals such as pulmonary function labs, critical care, emergency room, adult, pediatric and neonatal care. It is typical for a program to require over 1,000 clinical hours prior to graduation.

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How many students are admitted into respiratory therapy programs typically?

Each school is different but a typical program admits approximately 20 students and may have 16 who graduate. Some RT programs have a yearlong waiting list due to keeping the student/teacher ratio low and other programs don’t have a waiting list.

What is the typical make up of students in a respiratory therapist program?

The types of students in respiratory therapy programs can run the gamut. These programs consist of new high school graduates, displaced workers, graduates from other types of degrees who cannot find work in their field, and students who want to use this profession as a stepping stone to get into another field in health care like nursing, radiography, physician assistant or even a doctor. Students who initially want to use the field as a stepping stone oftentimes decide to stay in respiratory therapy when they learn how exciting and rewarding it can be to take care of critically ill patients and be part of an emergency life saving team.

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  • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
  • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
  • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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  • A private, non-profit school offering career-oriented degree programs in San Diego County, CA since 1978.
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  • A private, non-profit school offering career-oriented degree programs in San Diego County, CA since 1978.
  • Gives students a new laptop that they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Offers Fresh Start Scholarships to students who qualify.
  • Teaches with the mission to, "educate people for rewarding careers.”
  • Lets students choose when their program begins thanks to monthly start dates.
  • Offers programs at 3 locations and online.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Gives students a new laptop they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Provides students the opportunity to save up to $5,000 on their degree with Fresh Start Scholarships.
  • Offers monthly start dates so students can choose when their program begins.
  • Students can earn an Associate's degree in as few as 15 months or Bachelor's degree in as few as 30 months.
  • A private, nonprofit college founded in Ogden-West Haven, Utah, in September 1891.
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  • Gives students a new laptop they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Provides students the opportunity to save up to $5,000 on their degree with Fresh Start Scholarships.
  • Offers monthly start dates so students can choose when their program begins.
  • Students can earn an Associate's degree in as few as 15 months or Bachelor's degree in as few as 30 months.
  • A private, nonprofit college founded in Ogden-West Haven, Utah, in September 1891.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Transferable Credits