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Respiratory Therapy in Colorado

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Schools Offering Respiratory Therapy Programs in Colorado

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Colorado students graduate with degrees in respiratory therapy. Thus, Colorado's 4 respiratory therapy schools put out approximately 101 respiratory therapists each year.

Top Schools

Concorde Career Colleges, which was ranked 64th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Colorado that has a respiratory therapy program. It is located in Aurora. 20 students graduated with a degree in respiratory therapy from Concorde Career Colleges in 2010.

The second-ranked school in Colorado that has a respiratory therapy program is Pima Medical Institute. Pima Medical Institute, which was ranked 74th in the country in 2010, is located in Denver. In 2010, 53 students graduated from Pima Medical Institute respiratory therapy program.

Pickens Technical College, which is located in Aurora, is the third-ranked school in Colorado that has a respiratory therapy program. It received a ranking of 74th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Pickens Technical College graduated 7 students from its respiratory therapy programs. Pickens Technical College charged in-state students $2,226 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of Colorado's respiratory therapy schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $1,262 per year, though tuition can range from $2,822 per year to $2,226 per year. The Colorado respiratory therapy schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Pueblo Community College - located in Pueblo, students are charged $2,822 per year
  2. Pickens Technical College - located in Aurora, students are charged $2,226 per year

The respiratory therapy schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Colorado were:

  1. Pickens Technical College - located in Aurora, students are charged $2,226 per year
  2. Pueblo Community College - located in Pueblo, students are charged $2,822 per year

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

Most people who graduate from respiratory therapy school in Colorado go on to work as a respiratory therapist. Colorado had 1,650 respiratory therapists in 2010. The largest populations of Colorado respiratory therapists are working in the following counties:

  1. Adams County - 920 respiratory therapists
  2. El Paso County - 170 respiratory therapists
  3. Boulder County - 110 respiratory therapists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 30% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,050 respiratory therapists working in the Colorado then.


A respiratory therapist in Colorado earns $54,990 per year on average. However, this number is only an average. respiratory therapists in Colorado had varying salaries from $35,260 to $71,690 per year in 2010. On average a respiratory therapist earns the most in the following Colorado counties:

  1. Larimer County - $56,380 per year
  2. Mesa County - $55,720 per year
  3. Archuleta County - $55,700 per year

The following counties in Colorado have the lowest average salaries for respiratory therapists:

  1. Alamosa County - $47,520 per year
  2. Weld County - $53,080 per year
  3. Boulder County - $54,510 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Colorado statistics regarding a career in respiratory therapy and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as health science or allied health.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy in Colorado
  • Certificate in Respiratory Therapy in Colorado

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Respiratory Therapists 1,650 $54,990 39.8%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 80 $46,250 -50.0%

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