Respiratory Therapy Schools in Virginia - VA
In 2008, the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 2,220 Respiratory Therapists practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In its 2006 statistics, the Bureau counted 102,000 RTs in the nation and predicted a 23 percent rise nationally in RT jobs in the next decade.
In the state of Virginia, in order to add “RCP” after your name requires licensure from the Virginia Board of Medicine’s Advisory Board on Respiratory Care. (This is part of the state’s larger Department of Health Professions.) Subsequently, you must renew your license in the month you were born in every year that ends in an odd number (e.g., 2011, 2013) and take at least 20 hours of appropriate continuing education every two years (more on this below).
Virginia is strict about requiring licensing for medical professionals, and simply possessing a license from another state will not permit you to practice Respiratory Care in Virginia. You must obtain a Virginia license. To do this, you must prove that you have practiced, supervised, administrated, taught or consulted on respiratory therapy at least 160 hours in a two-year period. An affidavit from your previous state’s governing board (including your license number) is required, which will attest to your competency and qualifications, as well as mention any negative history on your state record.
Continuing Educational Requirements for Respiratory Therapists in Virginia
Virginia’s Respiratory Care Practitioner Advisory Board will require you to take at least 20 hours of AARC-approved classes every two years to maintain your license. Classes offered by Virginia respiratory therapy schools may also be American Medical Association-approved if they are specifically related to Respiratory Therapy.
Coursework may involve pulmonary function, neonatal/pediatric subjects, diagnostic technology, sleep disorder testing or therapeutic intervention, among other topics. The state has a form that must be completed to list courses taken. An optional part of the form requests you to summarize what you learned from the classes and anticipate how you might change your practice as a result.