California Respiratory Care Workforce Study


Tim Bates, Ginachukwu Amah, Lisel Blash, Christopher Toretsky, Joanne Spetz

May 20, 2017

This report summarizes the findings from a research study of California’s respiratory care workforce conducted over the course of 18 months between July 2015 and December 2016. Study components included key informant interviews, a statewide survey of directors of respiratory care services, and a series of focus groups with currently employed respiratory therapists. The broad research issues included the preparedness of new graduate respiratory therapists (RT) to enter the workforce, supervised clinical experiences in respiratory therapy education, minimum degree requirements for entry into professional practice, and the utilization of RT-driven protocols.