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Top School in Phoenix for a Respiratory Therapist Degree

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Most of the schools in Phoenix offering respiratory therapy training programs are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction, school type and student-to-faculty ratio, the following college is considered a top school in Phoenix for respiratory therapy:

  • Winner: GateWay Community College is the only public school located in Phoenix that offers programs designed to train prospective respiratory therapists. Students can earn an associate's degree in respiratory care.

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Category GateWay Community College
Distinction The first technical college in Arizona*
Location Phoenix, Arizona
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $1,974 (in-state); $7,758 (out-of-state)**
Respiratory Therapist Degrees Offered Associate's
Respiratory Therapist Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 35**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 13%**
Noteworthy Respiratory therapy program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Sources: *GateWay Community College; **NCES College Navigator

GateWay Community College

  • 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Respiratory therapy studies include real-world and simulated experiences
  • Graduates prepared to take national certification exams

GateWay Community College offers more than 100 certificate and degree programs in broad subjects like technology, health and business. A 2-year public school, GateWay Community College is attended by more than 6,000 students each year. Health care programs include a variety of subjects, such as health management, health education, radiography, surgical technology and respiratory care.

Applicants to the 72-73 credit hour Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care program must have an active Health Care Provider CPR card. Before beginning required respiratory coursework, students complete 13-19.5 hours of prerequisite courses in subjects like anatomy, physiology, algebra, reading and writing. Students complete 61 credit hours of respiratory care coursework in areas like microbiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and chemistry. Also included are clinical experiences and seminars in respiratory care, as well as specialized respiratory topics like pediatric and neonatal care. Students are required to complete 11 credit hours of general education courses, which could be useful to students planning to transfer to a 4-year program.

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