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Respiratory Therapy Degree Programs in Riverside, CA

There are five schools within 50 miles of Riverside, CA, that have respiratory therapy degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Respiratory Therapy Options in Riverside

Students near Riverside, CA, can pursue respiratory therapy certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees at a number of schools in the area. Get the specifics on three schools, which are all less than 40 minutes from downtown Riverside. Check out the table near the beginning of the article for information on school types, tuition rates, enrollment numbers and more. Also provided is a short section mentioning two other school options.

  • Loma Linda University is 13 miles from downtown Riverside and offers an entry-level Bachelor of Science (BS) in Respiratory Care and a post-professional BS in Respiratory Care.
  • Students can earn an associate's degree in respiratory care at Crafton Hills College, which is 23.2 miles from downtown.
  • Located 35.1 miles from downtown Riverside, Mt. San Antonio College offers an associate's degree in respiratory therapy.

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Comparison of Schools

Use the table below to compare valuable information and make an educated school decision.

Loma Linda University Crafton Hills College Mt. San Antonio College
School Type* 4-year; private non-profit 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014)* 4,600 5,932 29,045
Campus Setting* Large suburb Rural fringe Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)* $32,572 $1,142 in-state, $5,942 out-of-state $1,348 in-state, $7,960 out-of-state
% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Any Financial Aid (2013-2014)* 52% (grants and scholarships); 68% (federal student loans) 73% 75%
Acceptance Rate (2014)* N/A N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* N/A 66% 80%
Graduation Rate (2014)* N/A 25% (13% transfer-out rate) 31% (10% transfer-out rate)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University is a private university that specializes in healthcare and medical-science education. The School of Allied Health Professions offers two programs for undergraduate students looking to become respiratory therapists. Each program generally has a set of prerequisites in areas such as science, math and general education classes. Graduates from all programs are eligible to sit for certification exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care - Entry-Level

The baccalaureate course of study is a 2-year completion program; prospective students must have finished two years of liberal arts and general education courses before enrolling. This bachelor's program consists of several clinical practicum experiences, in addition to advanced medical science courses in respiration therapy techniques, pulmonary rehabilitation, medical statistics and case management.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care - Post-Professional

Only students who have an associate's degree in respiratory therapy can enroll in this 1-year full-time program. In addition to respiratory care courses, students are required to complete clinical practicum experiences and a comprehensive senior project. Students in the program learn about patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics to help treat individuals living with lung disease or asthma.

Crafton Hills College

Crafton Hills College offers associate's degrees for career preparation and transfer to a 4-year university. Students can pursue degrees in several allied healthcare fields, including radiologic technology, anatomy and physiology, respiratory care and emergency medical services.

Associate of Science in Respiratory Care

This associate degree program can be completed in 103.5 credit hours of full-time study. Students learn how to evaluate and treat patients; they also learn to work with other respiratory therapy professionals. In addition to hands-on clinical courses, students take classes in pulmonary assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, drug therapies and pediatric care. The program also requires that students learn about respiratory care theory and take laboratory courses.

Mt. San Antonio College

Mt. San Antonio College features more than 200 certificate and degree programs in several areas of study. In addition to respiratory therapy, the college offers health career training programs for aspiring registered nurses, paramedics, radiologic technologists, mental health technicians, nursing assistants and alcohol/drug counselors.

Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy

This respiratory therapy program provides students with an understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology and the conditions that affect an individual's ability to breathe properly. Courses cover respiratory care theory and principles, respiratory therapy science, pulmonary assessment, intensive care and respiratory care procedures. Students who graduate from the program are eligible for board certification and licensure in the field.

Other School Options

Additional schools that offer respiratory therapy programs within 50 miles of Riverside include Orange Coast College and Victor Valley College.

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