The education needed to be a respiratory therapist is normally a associate degree. Respiratory therapists usually study medical technician, business or military applied sciences. 70% of respiratory therapists hold a associate degree and 22% hold a bachelor's degree. We found these by analyzing 32,611 respiratory therapist resumes to investigate the topic of respiratory therapist education more precisely.
The most common colleges for students to pursue their goal of becoming a respiratory therapist are Concorde Career College and Pima Medical Institute. We also broke down what colleges provide the best overall education for a respiratory therapist. Students have a great path to earning their respiratory therapist qualifications at the following schools:
- Duke University
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- Yale University
If you're interested in getting a college degree in an affordable college for respiratory therapists - Brigham Young University is an excellent option for you. If your SAT or ACT score aren't as high as you'd like, you can look at AdventHealth University, as the admission requirements aren't too selective. On the other end of that spectrum are the Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University and University of Tulsa.
For those who would rather stay in your pajamas during the day, we prepared some online courses that can help in respiratory therapist education paths.
We prepared a list of a respiratory therapist certifications that you should consider. The necessary certifications that respiratory therapists must have to succeed are Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Basic Life Support for Healthcare and Public Safety (BLS).