Find Accredited Respiratory Therapist Schools in PennsylvaniaThe 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 PennsylvaniaAccording 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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