Chattanooga has a total population of 155,554 and a student population of 22,629. Of these students, 9,431 are enrolled in schools that offer respiratory therapy programs.
Chattanooga's largest respiratory therapy school is Chattanooga State Community College. In 2010, Chattanooga State Community College graduated approximately 14 students from its respiratory therapy program.
A total of 14 students graduated with credentials in respiratory therapy from respiratory therapy schools in Chattanooga in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $2,992 per year in tuition costs.
You should also anticipate spending about $1,800 for respiratory therapy related books and supplies every year.
If you decide to work as a respiratory therapist in Chattanooga, your job prospects are average. In 2010, there were 2,250 respiratory therapists in Tennessee. Of these respiratory therapists, 310 were working in the greater Chattanooga area. The government projects that the number of respiratory therapists in Chattanooga will increase by 9% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for respiratory therapists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a respiratory therapist in Chattanooga is $51,550 per year, which is higher than the average for respiratory therapists state-wide.