Respiratory Therapy Programs in Connecticut - CT
There are currently several Connecticut respiratory therapy schools accredited by the CoARC. For those for whom these schools don’t work, there are also a few online programs the CoARC approves of.
While training to be a Respiratory Therapist in Connecticut, you can expect to spend about two years in school. It takes about that much time for the average person to rack up enough credits to graduate with an associate’s degree, though some programs are faster. A bachelor's degree, soon becoming standard for those who want to move into management or administration, will generally take an additional two years after that.
Your classes will consist of a whole host of subjects, as Respiratory Therapists have a job that requires them to understand a lot about not just the mechanics of respiration, but how drugs and diseases affect the body and its various systems. Classes range from chemistry and life sciences to medical law and human anatomy.
Continuing Education in Connecticut for Respiratory Therapy
Connecticut requires its Respiratory Technicians to earn 6 'contact hours' of continuing education every year, at the risk of being unable to renew their licenses until the education is complete. These hours must be earned either from the state or national government, from an accredited school, or from a program approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care.
The NBRC has its own policies for continuing education, which will also need to be followed, as losing the credentials bestowed by the NBRC also means you will be unable to work in Connecticut. What continuing education one must undergo is highly dependent on the level of certification and specialization one has undergone, but for most CRT’s and RTT’s, the requirement is 30 ‘contact hours’ every five years.