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.
Valencia College offers 3 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 48 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 26 Associate's degrees, and 22 Bachelor's degrees.
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar offers 1 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 8 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 8 Associate's degrees.
Nova Southeastern University offers 2 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 11 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 11 Bachelor's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Valencia College Orlando, FL||77 : 1||47,940|
|Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL||61 : 1||14,915|
|Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers, FL||86 : 1||16,674|
|Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL||39 : 1||707|
|American College for Medical Careers Orlando, FL||222 : 1||222|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL||16 : 1||9,626|
|Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL||83 : 1||17,754|
|Miami Dade College Miami, FL||73 : 1||51,679|
|Concorde Career Institute-Miramar Miramar, FL||38 : 1||490|
|Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL||58 : 1||13,430|
|Gulf Coast State College Panama City, FL||36 : 1||4,797|
|Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL||88 : 1||31,289|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL||70 : 1||24,605|
|Saint Johns River State College Palatka, FL||53 : 1||7,392|
|Concorde Career Institute-Tampa Tampa, FL||55 : 1||436|
|Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL||65 : 1||11,683|
|Hillsborough Community College Tampa, FL||75 : 1||22,404|
|Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL||107 : 1||38,976|
|St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL||85 : 1||28,853|
|Polk State College Winter Haven, FL||68 : 1||10,827|