There are very, very few teams which use Respiratory Therapists for transport. Most of the teams using RTs are for neonates and rarely for pediatrics or adults. Even some of the Neonatal and Pediatric teams which had used RTs in the past are now using Paramedics to partner with the RNs. Some teams are also RN/RN. The few teams which do use RTs may also require them to have the Paramedic certificate. Many times there are also Paramedics on a team along with the RT and RN to assist the RN with medications, IVs and intubation which usually are not within the scope of practice of an RT.
When Seconds Count
Hermann Life Flight
Life Flight in Houston, TX
Here is one outside of Texas but is very well known. The RTs must be at least EMT and they do prefer Paramedics.
DHART used to use more RTs but now the teams are mostly RNs and Paramedics. Many of the RTs also got their Paramedic cert but still needed the prehospital experience. Notice RTs are at the bottom of the list on their website.
DHART Crew | DHART | Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Boston Children's has never used RTs and probably never will. RNs/Paramedic.
Nicklaus Children's Hospital Miami uses only EMTs, Paramedics and RNs on the transport teams. I don't think RTs are even very active in any of the units there.
In Oregon, Paramedics took the positions of the RTs on the flight teams.
St. Louis Children's
REACH used to use RTs but now RNs and Paramedics.
Notice REACH can do everything a team with an RT can do.
We have the ability to facilitate care with Nitric Oxide, high frequency
ventilation, conventional ventilation, CPAP, cooling, invasive line
placement and monitoring as well as a myriad of other treatments for the
neonate who is extrememely low birth weight to the neonate who is large
for gestational age.
If you get an Associates degree as a Paramedic to be licensed in Texas and then go on to BSN in nursing, you would be golden for most flight teams after a few years of experience.
This looks interesting. I think you will find a few EMS to RN bridge programs in Texas. There aren't really any for RT to RN. Even Excelsior doesn't allow RTs to take their RN program.