Online Respiratory Therapy Associates Degree

Respiratory therapy is one of the many medical technical jobs that are experiencing rapid growth across the US. In response to such interest, many schools are providing programs to meet the licensing and educational needs of students who, upon completing of their educational track, will be preparing to take the National Board for Respiratory Care entry and advanced level exams needed to enter the field.

While the preparedness of students may differ–some may be working in respiratory therapy in some other capacity, including entry-level therapy–there are many offering in online courses and colleges designed to bring the classroom to the student rather than the other way around. Beyond the mandatory prerequisite courses, students can take charge in how they navigate through the introductory and advanced levels of respiratory therapy education and do so with the full confidence one would have in a traditional college setting.


In order to enter into this or any college-level online program, you must at least be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent to show completion of a secondary education. For most of online schools that offer an associates degree in respiratory therapy, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident. This last requirement isn’t always the case. Double checking with the institution can confirm any requirements concerning citizenship status and how it affects admittance.

Selecting a School:

Online learning offers a great degree of flexibility and choice to the student. No longer are the needs of fixed classroom hours and rigid meet times necessary in order to complete ones’ education. Proximity to a physical campus is neither a restricting nor exclusive factor to consider. There are many established colleges and universities that offer nearly all courses available on their campuses online as well as institutions of higher learning that exist primarily or predominantly through an online portal.

For those considering an online education, their primary concern should be in the verification of the establishment’s accreditation in the program where they are seeking a degree.

Financing Higher Education:

Currently there are many banking options one can pursue to finance their education through loans if they meet the crediting standards of the lenders. One can also consider application for government grants of financed loans specifically for students. Competitive shopping is encouraged as differing rates could apply differently to different applicants.