Your Question: Do RTs who come from 2yr respiratory therapy programs share the same responsibilities as those from 4yr programs? Do new grads get treated differently from the seasoned veterans?
My humble answer: Pretty much. It's the same with nursing. The main advantage of earning a higher degree is opportunity. New grads are generally orientated as appropriate. RT school is so intense that most RTs come out of school fully prepared to function as an RT, and most are not treated differently than a veteran.