San Francisco Respiratory Therapy Schools

Career Information

A respiratory therapist works under the supervision of a physician. The responsibilities are to deliver respiratory care to patients who have breathing problems, or any other cardiopulmonary conditions. Diagnostic tests and limited physical examinations will be required in order to evaluate the patients.

Educational Requirements

In order to work as a respiratory therapist, you must have at least an associate’s degree, although most schools offer the bachelor’s degree also. Students must take science related courses including human anatomy, physiology, physics, and microbiology. Students also must learn about diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, medical record keeping, patient assessment, and reimbursement. In order to work as a respiratory therapist in the United States (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) you must pass your CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) exam. Most employers also require you to be certified in CPR.

Personal Requirements

You must also have certain personality traits if you want to be a respiratory therapist. You must be able to pay attention to detail, work on a team, follow instructions, and use a computer. You must be prepared to treat people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. You must have good communication skills so you can properly communicate with the doctor to set up a treatment plan for the patient.


It pays to be a respiratory therapist in San Francisco. As of May 26, 2010 the average salaries for job postings in San Francisco are a remarkable 12% higher than the average salaries for job postings nationwide! It pays $66,000 to be a registered respiratory therapist in San Francisco.

Respiratory Therapist Schools in San Francisco, CA

Unfortunately there are no Respiratory Therapist schools currently enrolling in this area. Please check again later, or click here to broaden your search.


Other San Francisco Schools Offering Respiratory Therapy Courses

Everest College – San Francisco
814 Mission Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94103

California College San Diego
2820 Camino Del Rio S. #300
San Diego, CA 92108

Concorde Career College – Garden Grove
12951 Euclid Street, Suite 101
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Kaplan College – Modesto
5172 Kiernan Ct.
Salida, CA 95368

Pima Medical Institute – Chula Vista
780 Bay Boulevard, Suite 101
Chula Vista, CA 91910

San Joaquin Valley College – Bakersfield
201 New Stine Road
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Western Career College – Pleasant Hill
380 Civic Drive
Suite 300
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

It is well worth your time and money if you decide that becoming a respiratory therapist is a career for you. California is offering lots of training and jobs, so what better place to be to start your career?