Respiratory Therapy Programs in Delaware - DE
You can expect to spend about 2 years in school while training to be a Respiratory Therapist in the State of Delaware, as that is about how long it takes to earn enough credits to qualify for an associate’s degree.
There are currently several Delaware respiratory therapy schools accredited by CoARC. Most offer only an associate’s degree, which is typically what a Respiratory Therapist will have, but anyone planning on going into a managerial position, or an administrative one, is encouraged to work towards getting a bachelors degree. A bachelor’s takes 4 years, or longer, depending on how much time you can dedicate to your education.
Once in school, you will take a wide variety of classes, including human anatomy, chemistry, life sciences, and drug interaction. Respiratory Therapists perform a whole range of tasks, and so are expected to have a thorough grasp of how the body works and how drugs and diseases affect it.
Anyone going through their Respiratory Therapist training will hopefully have access to a lot of work experience as they move closer to graduation- if this is not the case in the program you are in, aggressively push for it. It looks great on a resume, is important to your career, and may help you decide if you want to further specialize in one of several areas open to Respiratory Therapists, or remain a general caregiver.
Continuing Education in Delaware for Respiratory Therapy
In order to be eligible to renew your Respiratory Therapist License, the state of Delaware requires you to undergo, and maintain records of, 20 'contact hours' of continuing education every two years. The Delaware Society for Respiratory Care, or DSRC, provides detailed information about how and where to complete these continuing education requirements on its web site.
The NBRC has its own continuing education requirements as well, which need to be fulfilled every 5 years. The requirements vary greatly depending on what level of certification you have achieved, but most commonly a CRT or RTT is expected to complete 30 hours of continuing education in the area of general respiratory health.