Top Respiratory Therapist Programs in Michigan

As of 2014, the state of Michigan has 11 schools that offer respiratory doctor programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Most of them are community colleges, which offer two-year education or training programs. However, two of them–Baker College in Auburn Hills and Northern Michigan University in Marquette–are four-year universities or colleges.

Find Accredited Respiratory Therapist Schools in Michigan

All the aforementioned Michigan schools provide an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Respiratory Care or Respiratory Therapy. The program usually takes two years to complete with full study. Depending on the school, the number of credits required for completion vary. However, it’s usually more than 60 credits. In addition to general education requirement courses, students take classes that deal with different aspects of respiratory therapy. They include cardiopulmonary disease, microbiology, critical care, diagnostic monitoring, and pediatric respiratory care. Upon graduation, students can take certification exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The lowest credential level is the Certified Registered Therapist (CRT) certification. For people who wish to get a more advanced credential, they can go for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) certification. 

Salaries for Respiratory Therapists in Michigan

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2012 that respiratory doctor in Michigan made an annual mean wage of $52,370, or $25.18 per hour. By comparison, the annual mean wage for respiratory therapists in the U.S. is $57,200 ($27.50 an hour). The BLS estimated the number of respiratory therapists in the state at around 3,610 in 2010. By 2020, the agency expects that number to reach 4,420, which signifies a 23 percent growth rate. This surpasses the projected job opportunity growth rate of the field on a national scale, which is 19 percent. 
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Respiratory Therapy Campuses in Michigan

Macomb Community CollegeClinton Township, Michigan, USA website
Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA website
Kalamazoo Valley Community CollegeKalamazoo, Michigan, USA website
Delta CollegeUniversity Center, Michigan, USA website
Henry Ford Community CollegeDearborn, Michigan, USA website
Mott Community CollegeFlint, Michigan, USA website
Monroe County Community CollegeMonroe, Michigan, USA website
Muskegon Community CollegeMuskegon, Michigan, USA website
Baker CollegeAuburn Hills, Michigan, USA website
Jackson CollegeJackson, Michigan, USA website
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquette, Michigan, USA website