The RT Profession

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National Awareness Campaign

CSRT is continually advocating on behalf of our members to increase public awareness about the essential role RTs play within the healthcare system. The CSRT’s “Respiratory Therapists Breathe Life Into Healthcare” videos are part of our national awareness campaign and we invite you to share it widely as part of your RT Week celebrations and beyond. The combined strength of RTs from across the country broadcasting a shared message can make a huge impact on the public’s awareness of the work you do each day! Make it personal - explain that you are posting as a proud RT. Tag others and encourage them to share it as well.

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More resources about the RT Profession

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How do I become a respiratory therapist?

To become respiratory therapists, students follow educational programs offered by either community colleges or universities. Colleges offer a three-year diploma program and universities offer a four-year degree program.

Respiratory therapy educational programs include both clinical and didactic components. The clinical component typically involves extensive hands-on training in a hospital setting.


Generally, in Canada, becoming a respiratory therapist requires:

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Education Programs

Respiratory therapists graduate from a three- or four-year education program. Typically, three-year programs culminate in a diploma or advanced diploma, and four-year programs culminate in a degree. The education programs which prepare students for entry-to-practice are offered by community colleges and universities.

Respiratory Therapy education programs include a didactic (theory) component using a combination of classroom-based activities and labs, and a clinical component which occurs in respiratory therapy practice settings. While some Canadian programs may incorporate some online learning, there are no Respiratory Therapy entry-to-practice education programs in Canada that provide education entirely though distance options.

Graduates of accredited respiratory therapy programs are eligible to write the CBRC National Certification Examination. Successful candidates earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from their provincial regulatory body (if they work in a regulated province) or from the CSRT (if they work in a non-regulated jurisdiction).

Canadian Respiratory Therapy programs and satellite programs are listed below. Please note that this list does not include the accreditation status for these programs. Please visit Accreditation Canada for a current list of accredited programs.

List of education programs by province:



Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

British Columbia


Newfoundland and Labrador


International Program: Qatar

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Code of Ethics

Code of ethical and professional conduct for respiratory therapists.
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Standards of Practice