Healthcare, Medical & Nursing - Respiratory Therapy
If you want to spend your career in the healthcare field helping people prevent, diagnose, treat, manage, rehabilitate, and recover from respiratory illnesses and/or cardiopulmonary disorders, a degree in Respiratory Therapy may be the breath of fresh air you need in your life.
Types of Degrees
Respiratory Therapy students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or bachelor's degree (4 years) prior to entering the industry. Most states also require Respiratory Therapists to pass a state-licensing exam prior to practicing professionally. In this field, an associate degree is oftentimes enough to land an entry-level Respiratory Therapist job, but employers usually give precedence to those holding a bachelor's degree.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Respiratory Therapy Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Respiratory Therapy include:
- Respiratory Therapist
- Respiratory Therapy Technician
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Respiratory Therapists was $61,330 in 2019. (1)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.