Top Respiratory Therapist Programs in Pennsylvania

As of 2014, the state of Pennsylvania has 25 schools that have accredited respiratory therapist programs. A few of them–like Millersville University, Mercyhurst University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, York College of PA, and Gannon University–are four-year four-year universities and colleges, most of which are private Catholic institutions. Most respiratory therapist schools in the state, however, are two-year community colleges and technical institutes, a few of which have a national presence (e.g., Kaplan Career Institute, etc.)

Find Accredited Respiratory Therapist Schools in Pennsylvania

The community colleges and training institutes–in addition to some hospitals and medical centers–offer an Associate of Science/Applied Science (A.S./A.A.S.) in Respiratory Care/Respiratory Therapy. A two-year program, the program gives students the basics in respiratory care, with subject areas such as the circulatory system, critical care, microbiology, and diagnostic monitoring. However, Millersville University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in association with Western Pennsylvania Hospital, York College of PA, and Gannon University offer a more advanced, four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) instead. Upon graduation, students can take certification exams from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to become Certified Registered Therapists (CRTs) or Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs). 

Salaries for Respiratory Therapists in Pennsylvania

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), respiratory therapists in Pennsylvania made an annual mean wage of $56,050 ($26.95 an hour) in 2012 — $1,150 less than the national average of $57,200 ($27.50 an hour). There were 5,020 respiratory doctors in Pennsylvania in 2010, a number that the BLS expects to increase by 20 percent by 2020.

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