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Respiratory Therapist

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Salary: $38,202 - $48,477
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Hourly: $19.91 - $27.1
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 2-4 years
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Length of Training/Requirements
Most respiratory therapists complete either a two-year Associate's degree program or a four-year Bachelor's degree program through an accredited school. Upon finishing his program, students are required to pass the examination given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and become a Certified Respiratory Therapist. (See below for more info.)

Licensure/Certification
Upon graduating from an approved respiratory therapist educational program, students must pass the certification examination offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). This leads to the Certifed Respiratory Therapist credential. Once a student has passed the CRT, he or she may continue training to be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) which is usually required for supervisory positions or positions in critical care environments.

Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Alvin Community College Alvin A
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Amarillo College Amarillo A
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Angelina College Lufkin A
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Cisco College Cisco A
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Collin College Plano A
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi A
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El Centro College (DCCCD) Dallas A
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El Paso Community College District El Paso A
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Houston Community College System (HCCS) Houston A
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Howard College Big Spring A
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Lamar Institute of Technology (TSUS) Beaumont A
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Lone Star College System: Kingwood Campus Kingwood A
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McLennan Community College Waco A
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Midland College Midland C,A
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Midwestern State University Wichita Falls B
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Odessa College Odessa A
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena A
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South Plains College Levelland A
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South Texas College McAllen A
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St. Philip's College (ACCD) San Antonio A
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Tarrant County College: Trinity River East Campus Fort Worth A
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Temple College Temple A
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Texas Southern University Houston B
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Texas Southmost College District Brownsville A
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Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos B
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio B
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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston B
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Tyler Junior College Tyler A
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Victoria College Victoria A
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Weatherford College Weatherford A
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate