Columbus Respiratory Therapy Schools

About Respiratory Therapist Jobs in Columbus

Respiratory therapists work with physicians and other medical staff to evaluate and treat patients suffering from cardiopulmonary or respiratory conditions. Respiratory therapists care for a wide range of patients, from pediatric patients with congenital respiratory or cardiopulmonary conditions to older children and adults suffering from chronic conditions, lung disease or requiring care after traumatic events such as drowning. Respiratory therapists are in great demand through hospitals, outpatient care services and a variety of clinical settings. Jobs in the respiratory therapy field require college level coursework and licensing in most states. This training allows respiratory therapists to confidently evaluate and assist in establishing successful treatment plans for the variety of patients treated.

Respiratory Therapist Education

Respiratory therapists must, at a minimum, earn an Associates Degree to practice and receive licensing in most states. Additionally, advanced degrees are often required for advancement in the field. Educational requirements may be met at traditional colleges, vocational schools, technical schools or through Armed Forces Training. Associate Degree candidates should expect a minimum of two years to complete training.

Respiratory therapy students will be trained in a variety of subjects including:

Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures and Testing
Medical Terminology

Responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists are expected to be technically capable of performing complex diagnostic evaluations while attending to the patient’s physical and emotional needs. Respiratory therapists must be able to successfully communicate with a variety of people from patients and patient families to medical staff and supervisors during potentially stressful times. Attention to detail, computer skills, and a dedication to providing health care services using technical expertise and strong communication skills are part of daily life in the respiratory therapy field.

Respiratory Therapist Schools in Columbus, 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

Harrison College

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students — their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals. We also know their potential — that’s why for more than 100 years, our mission has been to provide a supportive environment, with the expectation that their success also benefits their families, friends and communities. That’s the Harrison Difference.

Harrison College campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national institutional accrediting body, to award associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates. The award level varies by campus.


  • Online

  • Medical Assisting

Other Schools Offering Respiratory Therapy Training in Columbus

Respiratory therapy and respiratory care students are in high demand in many areas of the United States. A selection of Columbus area schools offering respiratory therapy programs are listed below.

Ohio State University
School of Allied Medical Professions
431 Atwell Hall, 453 W. Tenth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43216

James A. Rhodes State College
Cook Hall 224C
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, Ohio 45804