Respiratory therapy programs are very common and are offered in just about every city. Many find programs are available at community colleges as well as universities throughout the United States.

Accredited Programs in Respiratory Therapy

According to the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Programs, there are over 350 different accredited respiratory therapy programs. Every program consists of a two-year associate degree and an accreditation by two different commissions. The two accrediting groups are the (CAAHEP) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the (CoARC) Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Each respiratory therapy program will help to develop your professional skills and respiratory care techniques when treating adults as well as neonatal patients. These programs also consist of learning about advanced pharmacology, cardiopulmonary disease, and patient assessments with therapeutic procedures. As the more advanced the program becomes, classes are held in hospitals or doctor's offices for clinical training to sharpen patient care skills and apply what has been learned to real patients. This experience is very important to make sure one fully understands the procedures that have been taught.

Online Programs as an Alternative

As many are on busy schedules and have jobs that do not allow time for a second career, there are online respiratory therapy schools. These online RT programs will certify you in most states. These online courses may have additional requirements for students to be accepted. Even when taking an online respiratory therapy program there will still be clinical days in which one must train at the hospital or doctor's office. The director of the program will usually set up the different locations for one to complete these clinical days well in advance.