Top Rated School for a Degree in Respiratory Care Therapy - Atlanta, GA

School and Ranking Information

Most of the schools offering respiratory care therapy studies to Atlanta, GA, students are 2-year technical colleges. Based on rankings, and student population and level of study, the following university is considered a top school in Atlanta for respiratory care therapy programs:

  • Winner: Georgia State University is the only postsecondary institution located directly in Atlanta and the largest in terms of enrollment in a 50-mile radius of the city with respiratory care therapy programs. It is also the only 4-year school awarding bachelor's and master's degrees in this field.

School Info Chart

Category Georgia State University
Ranking #6 Up-and-Coming Schools among national universities (2015)*
Location Atlanta, Georgia
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $8,368 (in state); $22,936 (out-of-state)**
Respiratory Care Therapy Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Respiratory Care Therapy Bachelor's Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 34**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 53%**
Noteworthy Respiratory care therapy program ranked #1 by respiratory care instructors across the U.S. in a survey conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

Georgia State University

  • Respiratory care therapy programs accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • 100% of graduates from the undergraduate respiratory therapy program pass the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) national exam
  • Over 90% employment rate for graduates of respiratory care therapy programs

Georgia State University is a 4-year public research school. It enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 250 degree programs in more than 100 areas of study. The School of Nursing and Health Professionals includes the Division of Respiratory Therapy. The division offers an associate's to bachelor's degree bridge program, a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, an integrated bachelor's to master's degree program and a Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in respiratory therapy.

The Associate in Science in Respiratory Therapy to Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Bridge program is designed for students possessing an associate's degree and certification as a respiratory therapist interested in acquiring a bachelor's degree. It consists of general education courses as well as nine credit hours in advanced respiratory therapy classes, which could address pulmonary diagnostics, neonatal care and advanced critical care monitoring.

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program consists of 126 credit hours in general education and respiratory therapy courses. Core courses include clinical cardiopulmonary physiology, patient evaluation, respiratory care procedures, pulmonary diseases, critical care monitoring, pediatric respiratory care and ventilator support. Students are also required to complete a clinical rotation series during which they learn how to use basic life support, handle respiratory equipment and perform endotracheal intubation.

Comprising a total of 85 credit hours, the Integrated Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in respiratory therapy program requires two years of full-time study. It combines lectures, some of which are available online, with hands-on study as well as clinical experiences. The Master of Science in Health Sciences program with a respiratory therapy concentration is designed for aspiring college teachers or advanced respiratory therapists. Students in this program write a thesis or complete a project.

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