A degree in respiratory care is an option for those interested in working in healthcare without going into the traditional fields of medicine or nursing. A respiratory care therapist works with healthcare staff to support patients in need of support with breathing or who are incapable of breathing on their own. To earn a degree in respiratory care, there are both associate and bachelor’s degree options available, though most are offered through allied health universities rather than at liberal arts and research universities. Students will learn how to properly care for patients with breathing disorders and develop skills in patient assessment, cardiopulmonary disease, and general pharmacology. With a bachelor’s degree, patients will learn more advanced skills in areas such as disaster preparedness and research techniques.
University of South Alabama offers 1 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 14 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 14 Bachelor's degrees.
Samford University offers 1 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 1 Master's degree.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville, AL||42 : 1||4,985|
|Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL||43 : 1||4,201|
|University of South Alabama Mobile, AL||25 : 1||14,397|
|George C Wallace Community College-Dothan Dothan, AL||32 : 1||4,478|
|Samford University Birmingham, AL||15 : 1||5,692|
|Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL||26 : 1||9,021|