How to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Vermont – VT
Two appointed advisors regulate Respiratory therapy within Vermont. Advisors are professionals in the field who are appointed by the Secretary of State to advise the Director of the Office of Professional Regulation on issues concerning respiratory therapy. The responsibilities of these Advisors include making sure applicants are qualified to be licensed, setting standards for the profession, investigating complaints of unprofessional conduct, and taking disciplinary action against a respiratory therapist when necessary.
Steps to Become a Respiratory Therapist in Vermont
For those interested in pursuing Vermont respiratory therapist careers, the following steps must be followed:
- Receive your high school diploma or GED.
- Enroll in a university, college or vocational school that offers a program in Respiratory Care. Whatever program you choose, make sure that it's accredited by one of the following accrediting organizations: the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(CAAHEP), or the the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE). Graduate from the program with a minimum of an Associates degree in Respiratory Care (2 year program) or you can get a Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Care (4 year program).
- Pass the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examination for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The assessment center in Vermont that offers this exam is located in South Burlington at the H&R Block Office on 570 Shelburne Rd. Other exam locations in other states can be found at: www.nbrc.org/Examinations/CRT/tabid/61/Default.aspx.
- Have your test scores sent directly from the NBRC to:
- Respiratory Care Practitioner
Vermont Secretary of State - Office of Professional Regulation
National Life Bldg., North, FL2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3402
5. If you are licensed in any other state as Respiratory Care Practitioner, provide verification of that licensure.
6. Submit a completed application (found at: vtprofessionals.org/opr1/r_therapists/forms/RES_Application.pdf) and a $100 application fee to the address in Step 4 above. In addition to the above information, the application will ask for information on any criminal background, unpaid taxes, and unpaid child support.
7. Licenses expire every two years and must be renewed before the expiration date. Forms for renewal may be found at: vtprofessionals.org/opr1/r_therapists/forms/RES_Renewal.pdf and must be submitted along with a renewal fee of $200 along with verification of Continuing Education courses.