Respiratory therapists are healthcare professionals who contribute to the diagnosis and management of cardiorespiratory disorders, providing such services as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, ventilator management, oxygen and aerosol therapy, patient assessment and evaluation, and diagnostic services including pulmonary function testing. Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals, neonatal nurseries, operating rooms, intensive care units, general wards, pulmonary function labs, and emergency departments. Respiratory therapists may also work in community settings such as homecare, asthma clinics, research, and medical equipment sales and service. Respiratory therapists require good judgement, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to maintain their composure in critical medical situations.
Respiratory Therapy (RT) is a challenging comprehensive three-year program featuring two years of classroom, laboratory, clinical simulation, and clinical practicum exposure followed by one year of clinical education in an affiliated clinical site. Program topics include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, applied sciences, pharmacology, pathophysiology, mechanical ventilation, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and neonatal respiratory care. Clinical application courses in years 1 and 2 utilize simulation and clinical site visits to facilitate theory integration and transition to the third and final year. The clinical phase will consist of 37 weeks of training conducted at approved training facilities within the provincial Regional Health Authorities. The RT program develops the technical skills and professional behaviours required for graduates to work competently as an integral member of the health care team.
Furthermore, program graduates will be well-positioned to challenge the national competency examination as directed through the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care. After completing this exam, they will be eligible to register with the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals.
Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Therapy program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (NARTRB) National Competency Framework (NCF) with timeliness, accuracy, and proficiency.
- Practice and promote the principles of quality management and the efficient utilization of resources.
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills that promote competence in the performance of respiratory therapy procedures
- Demonstrate a high level of professional conduct in the performance of duty.
- Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other health care team members to serve patients and employers with the highest degree of competence.
The Respiratory Therapy (RT)
program is accredited by Accreditation Canada until May 2024.
This program is currently “Accredited” with Accreditation Canada/EQual. Our “Accredited” status serves as an important demonstration of our commitment to providing quality education in alignment with accreditation and regulatory requirements. If you require additional information regarding our accreditation status and endeavors and/or any potential implications our accreditation status may have on your future abilities to practice as a healthcare professional, we encourage you to reach out to the Dean for the School of Health Sciences.
Graduates may elect to further their studies and obtain a Bachelor of Technology degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland or a Bachelor of Science (Post-Diploma, Human Science) from Athabasca University.
Graduates may also pursue further studies in the areas of Anesthesia Assistant, Cardiovascular Perfusion, or Polysomnography.
Students must possess a valid Standard First Aid with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Life Support (CPR or BLS) certification to be eligible for graduation from the College.
Clinical placements are a required element of this program and students will be assigned placements at approved training sites. Additional sites may be considered in consultation with program faculty. There is no guarantee that students will receive their preferred placement. All expenses associated with the completion of clinical placement will be the responsibility of the student.
Students require a clear Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record Check and Vulnerability Sector Check) to be permitted into a clinical placement. Students with an unclear Certificate of Conduct are advised to speak with program faculty at the beginning of the program.
For programs with competitive admissions, clinical placements are not affected by ranking in the competitive admissions process and will be determined under institutional guidelines.
Eligibility for consideration of admission to the RT program requires the applicant to meet one of the following three academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English 3201 or 3202 (minimum 60%)
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Two Science courses:
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. English (minimum 60%): CM1060
ii. Math (minimum 60%): MA1040
iii. Four Science courses
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile (overall 60% average) including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English (60% minimum) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics (60% minimum) 1104A, 1104B, 1104C, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile (and appropriate grades) may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
Additional Entrance Requirements
- Completion of the Casper Admissions Exam.
- The Casper Admissions Exam official score will be used as part of the points-based system to determine ranking in the competitive entry process
- All applicants are required to complete Casper* Admissions Exam (CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences) as part of their application for the 2023/2024 admissions cycle. To complete Casper, visit TakeAltus.com.
- Valid** Certificate of Conduct, including Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check.
- Students will require a clear and current Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check) prior to clinical practicum. Applicants with a criminal offense listed on their Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check) may be denied access to clinical placement and may be unable to complete their program.
- Immunization Record providing evidence that the applicant has received the required vaccinations/screening tests. Completing the immunization record will require physician's visits, blood tests, and a TB screening test; detailed instructions are included on the School of Health Sciences Student Information and Program Awareness Form. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all medical requirements are fulfilled, and the immunization record complete before submission. Certain vaccinations require a series of immunizations over a period; therefore, it is essential to start the process as early as possible. The applicant is also responsible for all associated costs (vaccinations, laboratory testing, physician fees, certificate of conduct fees, etc.).
- ESL students only – one of the following:
- IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7
- TOEFL Score: minimum score of 94
(See the Additional Information for Health Sciences Applicants (Definitions and Regulations
) section of the calendar or under the Admissions Regulations section of our website for details.)
The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com
, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video
**Acceptance of the Certificate of Conduct (Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check) is at the discretion of the Health Authority of which clinical practicum is being sought.
COMPETITIVE ENTRY APPLICATION PROCESS - FALL 2023
Program Start Date September 2023
The competitive admissions process is points-based and includes:
View the Competitive Entry Application Process for this program
|Deadline for receipt of application
||March 3rd 2023
|Deadline for receipt of ALL supporting documentation*
||March 10th 2023
|Initial round of acceptances
||April 30th 2023
*Documentation received after the deadline WILL NOT
**Candidates not accepted for the intake to which they applied must re-apply for admission to future offerings. Applications WILL NOT be kept on file.