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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.

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. 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 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.

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

  • Meet respiratory care needs in the healthcare community
  • Demonstrate the attitudes, skills, and knowledge relevant to their roles as registered respiratory therapists
  • Decide whether care is needed, administer the care competently, and determine whether the care provided was effective
  • Think critically, use strong communication skills, and demonstrate the leadership required of today’s respiratory therapists

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

Fall semester of freshman year, 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).

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.  


Before Vermont Tech

  • I went to a large university for 3 years of nursing school, but changed my mind.
  • I was working as a medical assistant.
  • I was balancing work and family.
  • I am a wife and mom to 6 year old Chase and 3 year old Harper and I wanted a career change.

This is me now

  • I’m learning alongside students with similar goals.
  • I’m excited by the fast pace of respiratory therapy.
  • I found a job right away at University of Vermont Medical Center.
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Education & Career Opportunities


New Respiratory Therapy jobs in the United States anticipated by 2020

Given the amount of growth expected in this occupation, respiratory therapists have ample opportunities to secure fulfilling positions.

Respiratory therapists work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals where they give breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions, intensive care units, where they manage ventilators that keep the critically ill alive, pediatric units where children are treated with conditions like premature birth and asthma to patients' homes, sleep labs, skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary clinics. 

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


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