With an overall population of 33,055 and a student population of 5,751, approximately 5,581 of Columbia students attend one of Columbia's schools that offer respiratory therapy programs.
Columbia State Community College is the largest respiratory therapy school in Columbia, based on student population. Approximately 12 students graduated in 2010 from Columbia State Community College with credentials in respiratory therapy.
A reported 12 students graduated with credentials in respiratory therapy in Columbia in 2010. If you decide to attend a respiratory therapy school in Columbia, you can expect to pay an average yearly tuition of $2,905.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,000 for respiratory therapy related books and supplies each year.
Many respiratory therapy graduates choose to work as respiratory therapists after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Columbia, your job prospects are average. In 2010, of the 2,250 respiratory therapists in Tennessee, 150 were working in the greater Columbia area. Columbia's respiratory therapist workforce is projected to increase by 9% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for respiratory therapists.
As a respiratory therapist in Columbia, you can expect to make an average salary of $46,220 per year. This is higher than the average salary for respiratory therapists in the state.