There are 2-year and 4-year programs in respiratory care or therapy that can prepare students for state licensing or national board exams. These programs usually lead to an associate or a bachelor's degree in the field, but graduate-level programs are sometimes available as well.
The four schools highlighted below offer particularly strong programs in respiratory care therapy. Each has been regionally or nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.
Drury University in Springfield, MO
|School Highlight: This university combines liberal arts and sciences to create a learning environment in professional areas of study.|
Drury University was ranked #20 among the best Midwestern regional universities in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy program through its College of Continuing Professional Studies. Graduates of this program are eligible for employment as respiratory therapists or technicians.
Boise State University in Boise, ID
|School Highlight: The university is a metropolitan research school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs to foster a positive career in health and science that benefits all levels of community, state and the nation as a whole.|
Boise State University was ranked as a second-tier national university in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exam.
Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI
|School Highlight: The Respiratory Care Program at Ferris State University offers a 70% job placement rate.|
Ferris State University was ranked #293-#381 among the best national universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2020. The university offers an Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care program that gives students the opportunity to apply their skills through clinical internships.
Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY
|School Highlight: The school offers a study abroad option for respiratory therapy students.|
At Bellarmine University, students can earn a Bachelor of Health Science or a Master of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and graduates are eligible to take the NBRC exam to become registered respiratory therapists. For 2020, U.S. News & World Report tied Bellarmine #197 among national universities.
Top Respiratory Care Therapy Schools
These two schools also offer excellent programs for students in this field:
- At Idaho State University in Pocatello, enrollment in the respiratory therapy program is limited to 20 students per year.
- At Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, respiratory care students have access to a human patient simulator for hands-on learning.
Students who want to pursue jobs in respiratory care or therapy can find accredited training programs at highly ranked universities. Some programs provide the necessary educational background for registration in the field.