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Respiratory Technician Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Associate's and bachelor's degree candidates in respiratory therapy typically complete general education requirements. Prospective students in this field should look for schools that meet their state's licensing requirements, in addition to offering plenty of hands-on experience.

Respiratory technicians assist respiratory therapists in administering therapeutic treatment to patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Training for a career in this field is available through associate's and bachelor's degree programs in respiratory therapy.

10 Schools with Respiratory Technician Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College New York, New York 2-year, Public Associate's $5,170 In-state
$8,050 Out-of-state
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,498 In-state
$25,016 Out-of-state
Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2-year, Public Associate's $3,391 In-state
$8,425 Out-of-state
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 2-year, Public Associate's $4,322 In-state
$6,295 Out-of-state
Delaware Technical and Community College Dover, Delaware 2-year, Public Associate's $3,632 In-state
$8,522 Out-of-state
Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, Kansas 2-year, Public Associate's $3,240 In-state
$8,040 Out-of-state
Dalton State College Dalton, Georgia 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $4,052 In-state
$12,302 Out-of-state
Muskegon Community College Muskegon, Michigan 2-year, Public Associate's $5,030 In-district
$8,430 In-state
$11,310 Out-of-state
Baker College of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan 4-year, Private Associate's $8,640
Northland Community and Technical College East Grand Forks, Minnesota 2-year, Public Associate's $5,534

*Sources: NCES College Navigator

School and College Selection Criteria

The following are considerations when looking for respiratory technician schools:

  • Aspiring respiratory technicians should seek a program that meets the requirements of the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) so that they qualify for professional certification after graduating.
  • Before choosing a respiratory technician school or college, prospective students might want to explore their state's licensing process for this field.
  • Prospective students might want to choose a school that emphasizes practical study and demonstration as well so that they gain the necessary hands-on training to excel in this field.
  • Those who hope to enter this highly competitive field might want to choose a school with an active job placement program.

Respiratory technicians must complete an approved associate's or bachelor's degree program and meet their state's licensing requirements. Schools that provide excellence in practical study and active job placement should receive the highest consideration.


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