Welcome to the CSRT Student Page!
This page was recently created to bring all information and resources for RT Students into one place on our website. We are still working on this page and will continue to add and develop sections.
The CSRT offers students premium educational and networking resources, as well as a long list of other member benefits.
Student Membership & FAQ
Student Membership & FAQ
An individual who is training in a respiratory therapy program is eligible for CSRT Student Membership.
For a one-time low membership fee of $100, membership runs from the day the student joins to the end of the membership year (March 31st) in which they graduate.
CSRT Student Members benefit from and have access to:
- Receive a certificate of registry and pin upon the successful completion of the CBRC national certification examination
- Professional liability insurance coverage is extended to Students during their clinical year while working under the direct supervision of a respiratory therapist who is a CSRT member covered by professional liability insurance.
- PLI coverage is available FOR PURCHASE to new graduates who are CSRT members and are eligible for restricted licenses in their province, and have started working prior to passing the national exam.
- Online professional development education available through the member portal that includes online training, past webinars, access to courses, and other educational material
- Complimentary live webinars
- Access to discussion forums and workspaces through the member portal
- An online credit tracking platform available through the member portal to manage professional development activities
- Deeply discounted registration for the Annual CSRT Conference
- Online membership renewal and registration to CSRT events
- A monthly debit plan to facilitate paying for national association dues, provincial association dues and provincial licensing fees
- Volunteer opportunities to participate in the direction of the Society by sitting on the Board of Directors
- Advocacy efforts on behalf of members to promote national standards, to offer new opportunities for respiratory therapists and to ensure that health policy makers take into account the respiratory therapists perspective on healthcare policy
- National standards of practice and a code of ethical and professional conduct
- Preferred rates for various products and services through CSRT Affinity Partners
Professional liability insurance (PLI) for CSRT Student Members during their CLINICAL YEAR:
Professional liability insurance coverage is extended to Students during their clinical year while working under the direct supervision of a respiratory therapist who is a CSRT member covered by professional liability insurance.
Professional liability insurance (PLI) for NEW GRADUATES:
PLI coverage is available FOR PURCHASE to new graduates who are CSRT members and are eligible for restricted licenses in their province, and have started working prior to passing the national exam.
An unsuccessful attempt at the National Certification Exam or failure to complete the exam within 12 months of graduation will mean the Professional Liability Insurance will expire at the end of the CSRT insurance policy term and the new graduate will be ineligible for PLI until successfully passing the National Certification Exam.
If you are in an unregulated jurisdiction (BC,PEI, the Territories), please refer to CBRC exam eligibility requirements to earn the CSRT RRT credential.
If you have already written the CBRC exam, you must join as a Registered Member if you passed the exam and Associate Member if your attempt was unsuccessful.
If you are moving from a regulated province to an unregulated province (where the employer is the de facto regulator), you may be required to show proof of your valid CSRT membership.
If you are moving from an unregulated jurisdiction to a regulated province, you will be required to provide documentation in order to apply for a license. Please contact the regulatory body in the province you are interesting in working in to learn about their requirements.
Please note: each nominee must be a Student Member of the CSRT and a 1st year RT student of a 3-year program OR a 2nd year RT student of a 4-year program.
The current term is May 2020 to May 2022, a call for nominations will be issued in autumn 2021.
Meet Your Student Voice: CSRT Board Member Nicole Juen
Nicole Juen: Student Perspective on the CSRT Board of Directors
In my position as Student Perspective on the CSRT Board, I firmly believe in the impact students can make in shaping the nature of the profession and future educational programs. I advocate for students as their eyes, ears, and voting-thumb representing all SRTs across Canada. As most SRTs begin their educational training, we have no previous knowledge, or very little knowledge, of respiratory or patient care. I believe that makes us most open to curiosity and creativity – asking questions that perhaps have not been asked or coming up with fresh ideas that have yet to be thought of. My broad experience in communicating and building relationships with others, as well as working in a team environment make me a strong liaison between the students and the Board. Ultimately, I believe that we, as students, represent progress and it is our responsibility to be heard.
Prior to becoming a Student Respiratory Therapist, I came from an eclectic academic background. I graduated with an Honours Specialization in Psychology from Western University, proceeded by neuroimaging research in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and electroencephalography at Lawson Health Research Institute. Through my time at Lawson, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with multidisciplinary teams, co-author peer- reviewed publications, and present at international conferences. It was a tremendous learning experience; however, I felt drawn toward health care and the prospect of creating direct, positive changes by working dynamically with patients. From these experiences, I decided to gather experience working directly with people in a one-on-one setting. Through professional certified physical and lifestyle coaching, I worked carefully to help people pursue their goals of overall health and wellness while concurrently taking additional part-time university courses in order to enter the health care field. I discovered Respiratory Therapy, and everything I learned about it resonated with my goals and the career I sought. I strongly consider research to be fundamental to patient care outcomes and advancing the profession. I recently presented a session as part of the 2020 CSRT E-Conference Series, and hope to conduct research in addition to my clinical work in the future.
July - December 2020
CSRT Student members have free access to all sessions of the CSRT 2020 E-Conference and Student Stream.
The full program and link to register are available here.
Contests and Promos!
If you have not already done so, we invite you to join this Fall so that your name can be entered into draws to win prizes!
4 Prize Draws in 2020:
- September 30th
- October 30th
- November 30th
- December 16th
The September, October and November draws are all for CASH. The September draw is for $50, October is $100 and November is $150. The earlier you register, the more draws you are entered in!
If you are a Student Member as of December 16th, 2020, you will be entered into a draw to win a full conference prize pack, which includes free conference registration, travel and accommodation!
This year, RT Week runs from October 25th to 31st and we would like to see just how creative you can be with promoting the profession and educating the public about what you do!
You’re invited to take the initiative to be an ambassador for Respiratory Therapy on your campus and in your community.
Each program has the opportunity to host a unique Respiratory Therapy Week. To encourage you even more, the CSRT has a “Best Respiratory Therapy Week” contest. It will be judged by the Board of Directors and the program they deem did the best job promoting the profession wins coffee and doughnuts for their entire program! Deadline for submissions is November 6th, 2020. Look for communications about this from your student reps.
Celebrate your profession! Visit the RT Week page for ideas and resources.