UW Health, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Madison College have partnered to create the nation’s first respiratory therapist registered apprenticeship.

The three-year program is currently open to UW Health staff, and they can submit applications starting April 1. Graduates will earn an associate degree and can become licensed registered respiratory therapists after passing board examinations.

Like many health care roles, respiratory therapists are needed for a variety of reasons, according to Bridgett Willey, director, Allied Health Education and Career Pathways, UW Health.

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