2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Respiratory Therapy Degrees

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These 19 schools offer affordable online degrees in respiratory therapy at the bachelor's and master's level. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, ranked first, has a B.S. in Respiratory Care available for only $5,340 annually and an additional five schools on the list offer bachelor's degrees below $10,000 per year. Students interested in master's degrees will find three options, including specializations in respiratory care education and respiratory therapeutics, at Canisius College (#14).

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Rank College Annual Tuition Respiratory Therapy Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Annual Tuition $5,340 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#2 #2 Armstrong State University Annual Tuition $6,567 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $7,165 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Youngstown State University Annual Tuition $8,836 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 Boise State University Annual Tuition $9,000 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#6 #6 Concordia University-Saint Paul Annual Tuition $9,240 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#7 #7 Oregon Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $12,010 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $12,711 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 East Tennessee State University Annual Tuition $12,810 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $13,350 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#11 #11 Missouri Southern State University Annual Tuition $13,352 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $13,497 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#13 #13 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $13,704 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Canisius College Annual Tuition $13,923 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Nebraska Methodist College Annual Tuition $17,980 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Florida National University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,000 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 Ferris State University Annual Tuition $19,065 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Loma Linda University Annual Tuition $21,170 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 Towson University Annual Tuition $22,140 Respiratory Therapy Degrees: Bachelor's
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Cardiopulmonary Physiology; Diseases Affecting the Cardiopulmonary System; Education in Respiratory Care; Management & Leadership in Health Profession; Patient Assessment; Pediatric & Neonatal Respiratory Care

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,567
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology; Cardiopulmonary Medicine; Diagnostic Procedures; Managing the Ventilator Patient; Perinatal Care; Respiratory Care Equipment and Lab
  • Annual Tuition: $7,165
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Critical Care; Data Analysis; Ethics of Respiratory Care; Management of Health Services; Pulmonary Diagnostics; Respiratory Pathophysiology
  • Annual Tuition: $8,836
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Cardiopulmonary Case Management; Advanced Respiratory Care Diagnostics; Comparative Health Systems; Pharmacotherapeutics; Respiratory Care Management; Special Topics in Respiratory Care
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Current Topics in Respiratory Disease; Professional Communication in Health Care; Quality Improvement in Health Care; Sleep Medicine; Teaching Techniques for Health Care Professionals
  • Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Cardiopulmonary Sciences; Advances in Pharmacology; Compliance and Regulatory Requirements; Ethics and Decision Making; Health Care Information Systems; Health Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Arterial Blood Gases; Cardiopulmonary Dynamics; Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology; Emergent Chest Radiographic Interpretation; Pulmonary Physiology; Respiratory Gas Therapeutics
  • Annual Tuition: $12,711
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Critical Care; Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics; Leadership Management; Neonatal Respiratory Care; Physical Science; Research in Health Care
  • Annual Tuition: $12,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Aging Issues in Allied Health; Information Management for Allied Health; Interprofessional Allied Health Teams; Patient Centered Practice; Professional Issues in Allied Health; Research in Allied Health
  • Annual Tuition: $13,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Patient Monitoring and Assessment; Advanced Pharmacology in Respiratory Therapy; Critical Care Pathophysiology for Respiratory Therapy; Outpatient Services in Respiratory Therapy; Quality Improvement in Healthcare; Sleep Medicine

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,352
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Cardiopulmonary Assessment; Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics; Cardiopulmonary Pathology; Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology; Cardiopulmonary Sciences; Respiratory Therapy Procedures
  • Annual Tuition: $13,497
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Critical Care; Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Theory; Asthma Education; Clinical Ethics; Pediatric Respiratory Care; Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Annual Tuition: $13,704
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Critical Care Pathophysiology; Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology; Advanced Critical Care Monitoring; Evidence-Based Practice in Respiratory; Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care Pathophysiology; Role of Pharmacology in Disease Management
  • Annual Tuition: $13,923
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology; Cardiopulmonary Pharmacodynamics; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation; Pulmonary Function Testing; Research Methods and Statistics in Allied Health
  • Annual Tuition: $17,980
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Strategies for the Asthma Patient; Medical Terminology; Microbiology; Pathophysiology/Pharmacology; Survey of US Healthcare Systems; Wellness Implementation & Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Seminar in Respiratory Therapy; Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics; Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; Clinical Exercise Physiology for Health Science; Diagnostics & Nontraditional Health Care Delivery; Problems in Patient Management
  • Annual Tuition: $19,065
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Adult Clinical Practice; Advanced Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology; Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology; Epidemiology; Health/Physical Aspects of Aging; Respiratory Therapy Leadership Techniques

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I; Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases I; Bioethics and Society; Current Issues in Respiratory and Health Care Policy; Legal and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions; Research Concept in Respiratory Care Sciences

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Cardiopulmonary Disease and Pathophysiology; Health Care in the U.S.; Management for the Allied Health Professional; Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory; Sleep Disorders and Rehab Services in Respiratory Care; Systemic Disease Processes and Interventions in Respiratory Care
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