Being a Respiratory Therapist allows you to work as part of the healthcare team responsible for the treatment and care of patients with a variety of illnesses and disabilities. RT's are responsible for the cardio-respiratory care of patients requiring both acute and chronic intervention in their disease. As an RT you will learn what it means to be part of a team, and will feel a daily sense of accomplishment knowing that your academic knowledge and clinical decisions help people improve the quality, and sometimes even the length of their life. Making the decision to become an RT will allow you to embark on a vocation that is both challenging and rewarding.
Students learn theoretical subjects, such as anatomy, and receive clinical training in hospital and home care settings. While studying to become a respiratory therapist, join CSRT as a student member and receive the Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapists (CJRT) and all of the benefits that CSRT has to offer. For more information about becoming a CSRT Student Member, click here.
Respiratory therapists in Canada graduate from three-year training programs offered by community colleges and institutes of technology. Some universities also offer four-year respiratory therapy degrees. The didactic component of the program is provided at the college, institute of technology or university and students receive clinical training in hospital and home care settings.
Following graduation from accredited programs, students are eligible to write the Canadian Board of Respiratory Care (CBRC) Examination. Successful candidates are then eligible for the CSRT Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. In provinces where the profession of respiratory therapy is governed by provincial legislation, other credentials may be required.