Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists deliver care that helps people manage a wide range of breathing problems caused by disease, accident, or illness. Whenever and wherever breathing is an issue, respiratory therapists are there to provide care. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals or other acute care settings or are employed in clinics, physicians’ offices, or skilled nursing facilities. The respiratory therapy program prepares graduates who can demonstrate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge relevant to their role as registered respiratory therapists. Respiratory Therapists 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.

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 VT, NY, and NH.  All students are required to travel to hospital sites at a distance from their local site.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Programmatic outcomes are defined by The Commission on Acceditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835.

A student with an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the skills needed to deliver competent respiratory care
  • Integrate science and evidence-based medicine to select, deliver, and evaluate respiratory care competently
  • Use effective communication strategies to develop and maintain strong, respectful therapeutic relationships with patients and healthcare professionals
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to promote shared decision-making in achieving quality patient care
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills required of today’s respiratory therapists

Graduates are eligible to attempt the credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Upon successful completion of the credentialing exams, graduates receive the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential.

Credentialed respiratory therapists must apply for licensure to practice in Vermont and New Hampshire. The offices of professional regulation require information regarding past history of substance abuse, prior felony convictions, and failure to pay child support or taxes to determine eligibility. Other states requiring licensure for practice may ask similar questions. For more information, please refer to the website of the Vermont Secretary of State or the New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification.

Students must place into ENG 1060 or 1061 and achieve a level 2 math placement for acceptance into the program

Students must complete a minimum of one placement level 2 math elective (may be taken in fall or spring)

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

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

Careers in Respiratory Therapy

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National
Job projections

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

120,700

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2014-2024


Projected Employment Growth for Respiratory Therapists, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)


Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Respiratory Therapists) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • CPVH Medical Center Albany Medical Center
  • Central Vermont Medical Center Fairfax Rescue
  • Respiratory Therapist Medical Assistant
  • EMT

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12Sep
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important cateories this year, in both thepublic college... Read More
29May
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More

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