Respiratory Therapy (Three-Year Option)

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.

The three-year curriculum in respiratory therapy is designed for the student who would like to be enrolled in the respiratory therapy program while completing a first year of science, English, math, and other elective requirements for completion of the associate degree in respiratory therapy.

The Associate of Science (AS) degree at Vermont Tech for Respiratory Therapy program is offered in two locations in Vermont in collaboration with Community College of Vermont (CCV) and health care providers at various locales. Under instructor supervision, students provide patient care in a variety of health care settings in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. All students are required to travel to hospital sites.

Programmatic outcomes are defined by The Commission on Acceditation for Respiratory 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. 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 three-year curriculum in respiratory therapy is designed for the student who would like to be enrolled in the respiratory therapy program while completing a first year of science, English, math, and other elective requirements for completion of the associate degree.

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 Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination offered by the National Board 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 role 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

The normal number of credits required for the degree is 69.

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

Students

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 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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