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JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2016-2026
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.
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:
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
2017 Median Pay (Respiratory Therapists) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Source: BLS
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