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Top Schools for Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Read about programs for respiratory therapy technicians, who work with people suffering from acute and chronic cardiopulmonary conditions. Learn about the program options at three state universities, and find an overview of other schools in the U.S. that provide training in respiratory technology.

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Respiratory technicians work under the direction of licensed respiratory therapists and doctors who help senior medical staff assess and care for patients. Special training is required and can be obtained through pre-respiratory therapy programs at technical schools, colleges and universities. Licensing, professional certification or other requirements may vary by state.

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Students can find respiratory therapy technician programs at universities that were regionally or nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2017, as well as two-year schools accredited by professional organizations.

Black Hills State University in Spearfish, Dakota

School Highlight: Black Hills State University's pre-respiratory therapy program requires completion of nine courses.

As of 2017, U.S. News & World Report categorized Black Hills State University, a regional university in the Midwest, as a Tier 2 school. This rural university offers a pre-respiratory therapy program, through which students can fulfill all of the prerequisites for an associate's or bachelor's degree program in respiratory therapy.

Augusta University in Augusta, GA

School Highlight: The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

In 2017, Augusta University was ranked a Tier 2 national university by U.S. News & World Report. This urban public school offers two on-campus bachelor's degrees in respiratory therapy and one online program. These programs revolve around flexibility and are custom fitted to the individual's interests, availability and background. Courses typically involve independent study and experiential learning practices such as clinical work, supplemented with more traditional classroom lectures.

Midlands Technical College in West Columbia, SC

School Highlight: The pre-respiratory care program at this school is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Students in the respiratory care program at Midlands Technical College can earn an associate's degree in the field. Students begin by taking general education and basic science courses before moving on to career-focused training, which includes both lecture-based coursework and hands-on training in a simulation lab. Students are also required to complete an internship or externship at a local medical institution prior to graduation.

Top Respiratory Therapy Technician Schools

Here are some more schools that can help prepare students for success as respiratory therapy technicians:

  • At Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, VA, the Healthcare Science Pre-Respiratory certificate program prepares students for continuing education and study at the associate's or bachelor's degree levels.
  • The pre-respiratory therapy program at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, confers an Associate of Science degree.
  • At Kansas City Kansas Community College in Kansas City, KS, graduates of the registered respiratory therapist program may transfer to the University of Kansas to complete a bachelor's degree.
  • The pre-respiratory care track at Kansas State University in Manhattan takes two years to complete.
  • Credits from the 2-year pre-respiratory care program at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, are transferable to Loma Linda University.

Aspiring respiratory therapy technicians can get the background education they need at a variety of institutions, some of which are highly ranked or accredited by CoARC.

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