Respiratory Therapy in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Respiratory Therapy Programs in Pennsylvania

Approximately 0.1% of graduates in of Pennsylvania receive respiratory therapy degrees every year. Thus, Pennsylvania's 22 respiratory therapy schools put out approximately 306 respiratory therapists each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a respiratory therapy program is York College Pennsylvania, which is located in York. In 2010, it was ranked 36th nationwide. 17 students graduated with a degree in respiratory therapy from York College Pennsylvania in 2010. Tuition at York College Pennsylvania was $15,140 per year.

University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, which was ranked 38th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a respiratory therapy program. It is located in Johnstown. In 2010, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown graduated 11 students from its respiratory therapy program. Tuition at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown was $12,078 per year.

The third-ranked school in Pennsylvania with a respiratory therapy program is Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus, which is located in Indiana. In 2010, it was ranked 38th nationwide. In 2010, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus graduated 14 students from its respiratory therapy programs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus charged in-state students $7,571 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Pennsylvania's respiratory therapy schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $10,378 per year, though tuition can range from $25,610 per year to $2,720 per year. In 2010, the respiratory therapy schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Gwynedd Mercy College - located in Gwynedd Valley, students are charged $25,610 per year
  2. Gannon University - located in Erie, students are charged $24,582 per year
  3. Point Park University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $22,500 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Pennsylvania respiratory therapy schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  2. Luzerne County Community College - located in Nanticoke, students are charged $3,090 per year
  3. Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg - located in Harrisburg, students are charged $3,835 per year

A respiratory therapy degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

A large number of Pennsylvania respiratory therapy graduates become respiratory therapists. In 2010, there were 4,790 respiratory therapists working in Pennsylvania. The following counties have the largest number of Pennsylvania respiratory therapists:

  1. Bucks County - 1,820 respiratory therapists
  2. Allegheny County - 1,160 respiratory therapists
  3. Warren County - 260 respiratory therapists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of respiratory therapists in Pennsylvania will grow by 16%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 5,450 respiratory therapists working in Pennsylvania.


On average, a respiratory therapist earns a salary of $55,310 per year in Pennsylvania state. In 2010, however, some Pennsylvania respiratory therapists earned as little as less than $36,370 per year or as much as more than $73,910 per year. A respiratory therapist in the following Pennsylvania counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Bucks County - $60,150 per year
  2. Warren County - $58,570 per year
  3. Cumberland County - $57,060 per year

On average, respiratory therapists earns the least in the following Pennsylvania counties:

  1. Bedford County - $47,110 per year
  2. Cambria County - $48,590 per year
  3. Berks County - $48,690 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in respiratory therapy in Pennsylvania and to compare salaries with various related fields such as health science or allied health, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy in Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy in Pennsylvania

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,535 miles from location Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Harrisburg PA 13.2135 n/a 22,529
5,701 miles from location Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh PA 12.0174 n/a 20,520
5,442 miles from location Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA 10.286 n/a 19,048
5,657 miles from location Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Indiana PA 62.2216 44% 14,638
5,454 miles from location Delaware County Community College Media PA 10.4971 n/a 12,237
5,674 miles from location Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion PA 59.1034 44% 7,346
5,499 miles from location Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke PA 12.9331 n/a 7,130
5,524 miles from location York College Pennsylvania York PA 64.1973 18% 5,564
5,486 miles from location Reading Area Community College Reading PA 8.8125 n/a 5,425
5,717 miles from location Gannon University Erie PA 29.6849 26% 4,238
5,700 miles from location Point Park University Pittsburgh PA 58.4171 24% 3,985
5,561 miles from location Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mansfield PA 55.1923 39% 3,569
5,637 miles from location University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Johnstown PA 62.3611 55% 3,057
5,449 miles from location Gwynedd Mercy College Gwynedd Valley PA 28.9718 28% 2,630
5,701 miles from location La Roche College Pittsburgh PA 55.3725 33% 1,356
5,433 miles from location CHI Institute Philadelphia PA 20.7927 n/a 920
5,502 miles from location Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences Lancaster PA 31.9099 87% 889
5,502 miles from location Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster PA 31.6648 70% 887
5,690 miles from location Sanford-Brown Institute Pittsburgh PA 25.8807 n/a 689
5,539 miles from location YTI Career Institute Mechanicsburg PA 6.86716 n/a 295
5,681 miles from location Laurel Business Institute Uniontown PA 30.0767 55% 264
5,731 miles from location Laurel Technical Institute Sharon PA 24.6297 100% 257

Curious what studying Respiratory Therapy gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Pennsylvania

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Respiratory Therapists + 4,790 $55,310 3.9%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians + 710 $50,100 -50.7%

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