Respiratory Therapy School Options in Fenton
While there are no public schools right in Fenton, MO, offering respiratory therapy programs, there is one for-profit institution in the city with a degree program in this subject. There's also a public community college about 17 miles away with a program, as well. Both schools' programs prepare students for national certification exams. This article discusses the two schools and contains a handy table comparing valuable statistics.
- Saint Louis Community College's Forest Park campus is located about 17 miles from Fenton and offers an associate's degree program in respiratory therapy.
- St. Louis College of Health Careers has a campus in Fenton that offers a respiratory care associate's degree.
Comparison of Schools
Use the table below to compare important school information, such as graduation rates, tuition, enrollment and more.
|Saint Louis Community College||St. Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year, primarily associate's; private for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||18,835||426|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $3,285 in-district
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||76%||77%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||Open admissions||100%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||61% (full-time students)||80% (full-time students)|
|Graduation Rate*||12% (24% transfer-out rate) for students who began 2014||69% for students who began 2011|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Saint Louis Community College
Saint Louis Community College is a 2-year school that offers a wide range of certificate and degree programs through its four campuses. The Forest Park campus, located about 17 miles from Fenton, features an associate's degree program in respiratory therapy. Other programs available at this school include occupational therapy assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology, medical billing and coding, respiratory therapy and biotechnology.
Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care
This 2-year course of study prepares students for a career assisting physicians with heart and lung tests and treatments. Before prospective students enroll in this program, they must pass some prerequisite courses at the school, including courses in chemistry, anatomy, math and physiology. The curriculum incorporates some foundational arts and science classes, including the pre-admission requirements, but the majority of courses are devoted to respiratory care and therapy issues. Students explore theoretical and practical topics, such as the principles of respiratory physics, pharmacology and pulmonary physiology; they also complete at least four clinical, hands-on courses.
St. Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton
The County Campus of this institution offers an associate's degree program in respiratory therapy. The school offers various programs in allied health careers, such as medical assistant, pharmacy technician, patient care technician and occupational therapy assistant.
Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy
It takes 6 semesters to complete this program. Students will take courses and labs in respiratory care and also study neonatal/pediatric respiratory care. Advanced mechanical ventilation and cardiopulmonary testing are also taken. The program includes a 4-part clinical practicum. A total of 81 credits must be completed to earn this degree.