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Respiratory Therapy

Graduates of this program work to apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Respiratory care includes the assessment, treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation, education, and care of patients with deficiencies of the cardiopulmonary system.  About 75% of all respiratory therapists work in hospitals or other acute care settings. However, many therapists are employed in clinics, physicians’ offices, and skilled nursing facilities.

The respiratory therapy program is offered in a distance learning format in two locations in Vermont in collaboration with CCV and healthcare providers at various locales.  Under instructor supervision, students provide patient care in a variety of healthcare settings in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.  All students are required to travel to hospital sites at a distance from their local site.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the entry-level certified respiratory therapist and advanced-level registered respiratory therapist credential examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Students with an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy will be able to:
  • Meet respiratory care needs in the healthcare community and demonstrate the 
  • attitudes, skills, and knowledge relevant to their role as registered respiratory therapists
  • Decide whether care is needed, administer the care competently, and determine whether the care provided was in fact effective
  • Develop critical thinking skills, use strong communication skills, and demonstrate the leadership required of today’s respiratory therapists
The normal number of credits required for a degree is 69.

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2011  Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 BIO 2012  Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 10XX  English* 3 RSP 1012  Respiratory Care II 4
INT 1000  Freshman Orientation 1 RSP 1210  Respiratory Anatomy & Physiology 3
RSP 1010  Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 3 RSP 1601  Respiratory Clinical Field Experience I 2
RSP 1011  Respiratory Care I 4 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective** 3
Select one: **     16
MAT 1210  Principles of Mathematics 3    
MAT 1221  Finite Mathematics 3    
MAT 2021  Statistics 3 Summer Course  
  18 RSP 2801  Respiratory Internship 0

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 2120  Elements of Microbiology 4 ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
RSP 2011  Cardiopulmonary Disease I 5 RSP 2012  Cardiopulmonary Disease II 5
RSP 2013  Respiratory Care III 4 RSP 2603  Respiratory Clinical Field Experience IV 6
RSP 2602  Respiratory Clinical Field Experience II 4 RSP 2802  Internship Review 1
  17 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3

*Students must place into ENG 1060 or 1061 and achieve a level 2 math placement in order to be accepted into the program.

**Choose from: MAT 1210, 1221, 2021, or others with permission of department; availability depends on scheduling. Students must complete a minimum of one placement level 2 math elective (may be taken in fall or spring).

Note: All BIO and RSP courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in the program.

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