Respiratory Therapy

  • Associate of Science

In-Person Plus at:

  • Williston, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

*Special scholarship available for this program from UVM Health Network. See scholarship information below.

Respiratory therapists are highly trained medical specialists who work to improve a patient’s respiratory health and are crucial members of hospital care teams. Earn your Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy at Vermont State University and make a real difference in the lives of your patients — from premature infants to the elderly in hospitals, acute and critical care settings, and more.

Vermont State’s program will train you in the full spectrum of respiratory care: assessment, treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation, education, and care of patients with deficiencies in their cardiopulmonary systems.

Why Study Respiratory Therapy at Vermont State?

  • The only Respiratory Therapy program in Vermont: Your clinical practice will take place with credentialed practitioners at multiple hospitals in acute and critical care units at hospitals with state-of-the-art high tech equipment, including mechanical ventilators. 
  • High earning potential: Respiratory therapists earn a median annual salary of $61,830 and jobs in this field are expected to grow 23% between 2020-2030.*  
  • 100% job placement rate: All program graduates were employed within six months of graduation.**
  • Jobs throughout the region: Vermont State graduates are employed in this essential care role in healthcare settings throughout the region, including Albany Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, UVM Medical Center. Job titles include respiratory therapist and pulmonary function technologist.  
  • High pass rate: Our student’s scores on the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination exceed the national average.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Source: Vermont Tech Class of 2020

Learn more about respiratory therapy and this essential career: 

Scholarship Program for Respiratory Therapy

UVM Health Network is partnering with Vermont State to offer all students the opportunity to prepare for a career in the in-demand field of Respiratory Therapy — tuition-free. For students accepted into this program, the UVMHN scholarship will cover tuition costs after state, federal, and institutional aid have been applied. Please note: This scholarship does not cover books or living expenses.

UVMHN employees: Please see employee information here.

Please contact Jessica Van Deren with questions:

Financial Aid for Respiratory Therapy Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in respiratory therapy to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Respiratory Therapy

As part of Vermont State’s associate program in Respiratory Therapy, you will transfer classroom and lab learning to a variety of real clinical settings under direct one-on-one supervision with respiratory therapists. 

The Respiratory Therapy program maintains strong partnerships with the departments of our clinical sites, which often lead to offers of employment to our students. Vermont State graduates are employed in this essential care role in healthcare settings throughout the region, including:

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Central Vermont Medical Center
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • UVM Medical Center


This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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Programmatic outcomes are defined by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), which accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Student Stories

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“I can only imagine how scared patients can be when they lose their ability to effectively breathe on their own. My goal is to make a difference in the lives of my patients so they can go back home to their families and live in hopefully better conditions than the condition they were admitted in.”

Zachary Kern, ’19