Respiratory Therapy (RT) Pathway Program

Respiratory Therapist (RT) Pathway Program at the University of Vermont Health Network

Ready to further your education?

Through our partnership with Vermont State University and the Community College of Vermont, our RT Pathway Program allows full-time employees of partners within the UVM Health Network to continue earning full-time wages and benefits while studying to complete their Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree and earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

What does a respiratory therapist do?

Respiratory therapists deliver care that helps people manage a wide range of breathing problems caused by disease, accident or illness. These professionals provide care whenever and wherever breathing is an issue. They work in hospitals or other acute care settings, or are employed in clinics, physicians’ offices, or skilled nursing facilities.

Next Cohort - Important Dates

  • VTSU Application Deadline: February 9, 2024 (for individuals applying directly to the RT program at VTSU)
  • UVMHN Application Deadline (for both VTSU and Pre-requisite year cohorts): March 8, 2024
  • Cohort Selected: April 2024
  • VTSU PN Classes Begin: August 2024
  • CCV Pre-requisite Classes Begin: September 2024

How to Apply: VTSU

  1. Apply to VTSU at Vermont State University (link opens in a new window)
    • Apply to the Respiratory Therapy program (as long as you meet all pre-requisite requirements)
    • If you do not meet pre-requisite requirements, please review options for course completion at CCV Submit ALL required supplemental documentation
    • February 9, 2024
  2. Apply for financial aid

How to Apply: RN Pathway Program

Application Deadline – March 8, 2024

Please have ready the following items to upload with your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of reference, inclusive of written confirmation from current department leader of ability to support the employee and their schedule during the duration of the program
  • Vermont State University Fall 2024 RT program Acceptance Letter (if applying directly to RT program)
Click here to complete the application no later than March 8th.

Eligibility Requirements:

All candidates must:

  • Currently work at least 72 scheduled hours per pay period at a partner site within the UVM Health Network (part-time/per diem employees are not eligible).
  • Be in good standing with no corrective actions above a counseling level.
  • Have earned or obtain a high school diploma or GED by July 1.

Program Details

Offered in partnership with Vermont State University (VTSU) and the Community College of Vermont (CCV), the Respiratory Therapy RT Pathway Program offers full-time employees of a University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) Partner the opportunity to further their health care career while continuing to earn a full-time salary.

In year one, students will complete their pre-requisite courses through CCV while continuing to work in their full-time role. They will also apply to VTSU’s Respiratory Therapy program for admission in the subsequent academic year.

During years two and three, students admitted into VTSU’s Respiratory Therapy program will begin their academic journey in a comprehensive curriculum that includes classroom learning, labs and hands-on clinical rotations within the UVM Health Network. Additionally, in years two and three, participants will work reduced hours in their current positions at UVM Health Network partner sites.

Upon completing Vermont State University’s 67-credit Associate of Science program, graduates will be prepared to earn the RRT credential, obtain state licensure and work as a respiratory therapist at one of our health care partner sites across Vermont and northern New York.

Participation requires full-time commitment across four semesters at Vermont State University, as well as an internship during the summer semester. Classes take place at Vermont State University’s Williston campus. Virtual learning options may be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the next Cohort begin?

Program participants will begin their pre-requisite year through CCV in Fall 2024, with subsequent application to VTSU’s Respiratory Therapy (RT) program for Fall 2025.

How many work hours are required during the program?

Year 1 – While taking pre-requisites at CCV, students will work their full-time scheduled hours. Students will coordinate with their managers to flex their regular schedule to allow them to attend class as needed.

Years 2 & 3 – While enrolled in the RT program at VTSU, students will work their regular job for 24 hours per week. Students will receive pay for an additional 12 hours per week to allow time for classwork, lab/clinical instruction, and studying.

How does tuition reimbursement work?

Year 1 – Students will not need to take out any loans. The UVM Health Network (UVMHN) prepays for tuition, fees, and textbooks. If a student does not complete their pre-requisite courses, not to apply to VTSU’s RT program, or leaves employment at their respective partner, they will be responsible for these costs.

Years 2 & 3 – Students are responsible for paying all tuition and fees. For graduates who commit to working at their UVMHN partner site for three years, the UVMHN will begin reimbursing tuition costs one year after graduation.

What if I’m not an employee within the UVM Health Network? Can I still apply?

Being a full-time employee at a partner within the UVM Health Network is a requirement for application and enrollment. To be eligible for the program you’ll need to be hired as a full-time employee in any department at any partner.

Interested in joining our team?

Call 800-722-9922 and choose option 3 to talk with one of our talent acquisition partners about full-time job opportunities within the UVM Health Network.

What if I’m per diem or part-time? Am I eligible?

In order to be eligible, you need to be a working a full-time employee at a UVMHN partner.

I’ve taken pre-requisites in the past. Do I need to retake those courses?

Possibly, depending on the timeframe and your grades. VTSU will review the courses and grades on your transcript to determine whether they meet the requirements for this program.

I’ve recently completed the pre-requisite courses. Am I able to apply directly to the VTSU RT program through the UVMHN program?

Possibly, if there are available seats within the UVMHN RT Pathway cohort. Please complete the RT Pathway application process and your application will be reviewed accordingly.

I’ve started RT school in the past, but did not finish. Do I need to start over?

For courses taken prior to enrollment, VTSU will review the courses and grades on your transcript to determine whether they meet the requirements for this program.


Please contact: Megan Foster, Workforce Development Program Manager – (link opens in a new window)

RT Pathway Program Application
(all required)

Please complete the below form and a member of our team will be in touch.

Formats accepted: .pdf / .doc / .docx / .txt / .jpg / .jpeg / .png
1 Internal reference from Direct Supervisor (i.e. Manager or Director) with confirmation of departmental ability to support employee during completion of program
1 Additional reference (non-family) who can speak to your desire to enter Respiratory Therapy and ability to be successful in our program

By submitting information, you are not officially applying to a position at this time, and you authorize The University of Vermont Health Network to contact you via phone, email, and text messaging.

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