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:

  • 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

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
Vermont Tech

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

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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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