Cleveland Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapy Jobs

Respiratory therapists diagnose, treat and care for patients with respiratory breathing disorders. Cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, AIDS are just a few of the diagnosis patients may have. Therapists work closely with physicians and hospital staff to ensure the best treatments for their patients, administering medications, drawing and anazlyzing blood and sputum samples, as well as working with various life support equipment. There is a high demand for certified therapists as the population of the elderly increases as well as their use in emergency care and disease prevention. A therapist may work in hospitals and specialty physicians offices, nursing homes and clinics. The median salary is $47,123 per year for a licensed respiratory therapist.

The Role of a Respiratory Therapist

A respiratory therapist has a very important role in the health care industry. The therapist should be ready for any emergency situation with updated CPR skills, as they often treat the most critically ill patients in a hospital. It is vital to have good interpersonal skills to work with the very young as well as the very old. A therapist will be using various pulmonary medical equipment to administer oxygen, aerosolized medications, ventilators as well as EKG machines and other medical equipment. Patient assessments and procedural sedation along with emergency airway care are some of the duties a respiratory therapist will perform.

Educational Requirements

Those wishing to pursue a career in respiratory therapy have to have a formal education. All states besides Hawaii and Alaska require a state license. A Certified Respirtatory Therapist certification is the minimum requirement for a career in respiratory therapy. Respiratory therapy schools should be accredited and can either be 2 year (Associate Degree) or 4 year (Bachelors Degree) programs. Some of the courses in a respiratory therapy school:

Pulmonary disease
Cardiopulmonary pharmacology,
Patient assessment
Medical terminology
Diagnostic procedures

A degree may be obtained at local universities, remotely via online classes, or at technical institutes. Some of the following schools offer programs in respiratory therapy.

Respiratory Therapist Schools in Cleveland, OH

Keiser University eCampus Online

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions. Degrees are offered with a curriculum that is in pace with technology and workforce demand trends in business, criminal justice, healthcare and computer technology. Our “one-class-at-a-time” approach allows busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family.

Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.


  • Keiser University eCampus Online

  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Other Schools in Cleveland Offering Respiratory Therapy Programs

Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094

Cuyahoga Community College
700 Carnegie Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115-2878