Respiratory Therapy

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

If you work well under pressure and have a desire to save lives, our three-year Respiratory Therapy program prepares you for work in a hospital or clinical environment. Be ready to assist physicians with the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. Respiratory Therapists treat all types of patients, from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to elderly patients with lung disease. They provide treatment and manage care for patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to victims of heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock. As a graduate, you may apply to write the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) national registry examination governed by the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC).


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within three academic years of full-time study.


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      or
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of three (3) sciences, including at least two (2) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


      Career Possibilities

      As a graduate of this program, you may be employed in hospitals within respiratory therapy departments, pulmonary function labs, the operating room environment, homecare or private sales. Specialty training is possible after graduation in such areas as anesthesia assistance, neonatology and pediatrics, perfusion medicine and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.

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      NOC Codes

      3214 - Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists


      What you will learn

      • Advanced Life Saving Protocols
      • Anaesthesia
      • Anatomy and Physiology
      • Blood Gasses
      • Clinical and Laboratory Procedures
      • Diagnostic Procedures
      • Introduction to Research
      • Human Mechanical Ventilation
      • Medical Terminology
      • Neonatal Pediatrics
      • Pathophysiology
      • Patient Assessment
      • Pharmacology
      • Professionalism
      • Respiratory Equipment and Therapeutic Procedures


      Program Courses

      This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

      This course will introduce the sciences of anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The progression of study of the body systems is from simple to complex (e.g. chemical level to cellular level, tissue level to system level)

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      This course will introduce students to application of research in the clinical environment.Through participation in a research - based project, students will explore the various considerations and methodologies.

      Prerequisites:

      • COMM1175

      This course utilizes a practical approach in introducing the student to ethics and ethical issues in the workplace. Participants examine the subject by considering numerous examples of real-world case studies that illustrate dilemmas students are challenged to resolve.

      Health care is one of the most important issues to Canadians. This course introduces students to the complexity of the Canadian health care system and examines the various factors that impact this system. It also examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in achieving positive outcomes.

      This course provides a specific review of respiratory related pathophysiological processes. It defines cause, effect, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of respiratory related disorders.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHIS1047

      This course introduces students to the study of diseases and disorders in the body. It explores a common systematic approach (step by step) for distinguishing between diseases and disorders and provides a fundamental framework which supports further studies in pathophysiology.

      Prerequisites:

      • ANAT1024

      This course focuses on the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular system and other areas as they pertain to the practice of respiratory therapy. Students apply the analytical framework introduced in Foundations of Pathophysiology to examine the distinct features of each disorder and disease.

      Prerequisites:

      • PATH1034

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the human respiratory system

      Prerequisites:

      • ANAT1024

      This course explores the actions/effects of drugs on the body. The pharmacological classifications of drugs and their use in the treatment of various disease states will also be studied. An emphasis is placed on learning brand and generic drug names of numerous medications used in medical conditions. Common drug dosages, auxiliary labeling, and side effects are included.

      Prerequisites:

      • ANAT1024

      Upon completion of this course, students will interpret standard 3-lead electrocardiograms according to ACLS protocol, and will be able to analyze the standard 12-lead configuration. Students will also have an understanding of introductory echocardiography.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHIS1047

      This advanced course is designed for the allied health student who will be working in the intensive care setting, a cardiac catheterization suite or in a cardiac operating room, and performing hemodynamic monitoring. Students will learn both the technical aspect of hemodynamic monitoring, and the use of hemodynamic values when assessing and treating disease.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1042C

      This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with fixed laws of physics and chemistry, approved international measures and certified principles of medical gas delivery that will be utilized during both the respiratory therapy program and their professional career.

      This course is designed to build upon principles investigated in RESP 1044. The delivery of oxygen "from the wall to the patient" will form an integral part of this course. Tracheostomy tubes and infection control procedures will also be explored. A laboratory component will enable practical experiences in preparation for clinical applications.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1044

      This course focuses on the proper use of resuscitative and therapeutic respiratory therapy equipment, and the safe initiation of short and long-term therapeutic interventions for the respiratory patient.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1045

      This course is designed to investigate the cardio-pulmonary aspects of human arterial blood. Collection techniques, laboratory processes and analysis, reporting and alterations in therapy will all be investigated in the delivery of this course.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHIS1047

      This course is designed to investigate the cardio-pulmonary aspects of human respiratory mechanical ventilatory assistance. Measurements of pressure gradients from ambient to pulmonary and the related effects on hemodynamic data will be performed. Initiation, maintenance (manipulation and monitoring) and withdrawal (weaning) of respiratory mechanical ventilatory assistive devices will be practiced. Measurements of pulmonary mechanics and calculations of pulmonary physiological data will also be incorporated into the course. Correction of abnormal data will be practiced according to recognized clinical practices and principles.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHIS1047

      This course is designed to give the student the skills to identify functional components of all ventilators and to utilize these skills to manipulate mechanical ventilators from varying manufacturers.

      A functional approach related to breath initiation, breath delivery, breath cycle and expiratory control will all be applied to enable ventilator input control manipulations, monitoring and troubleshooting.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1048

      Students will perform anaesthetic gas machine checks, patient reviews for risk of anaesthetic and simulated airway manipulation for the anaesthetic patient.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1044
      • RESP1047
      • PHMC1019

      Students will use all of their senses to physically assess adults in this course. They will perform simulations in advanced life support protocols to learn how to assess and manage acute cardiac and respiratory emergencies.

      Prerequisites:

      • PATH1022
      • RESP1042C

      Students will use the information in this course to explore developmental embryology from conception to birth. Pathophysiologies associated with development alterations or premature delivery will also be encountered. Common pediatric maladies will also be explored.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1045
      • RESP1047
      • PHMC1019

      Exposure and practice with basic and advanced airway management, hemodynamic monitoring, drug delivery and anaesthetic maintenance of both the client and the equipment will occur during this clinical rotation.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1043
      • RESP1050
      • RESP1060
      • PHMC1019

      This course provides a comprehensive introduction to neonatal and pediatric respiratory therapy care.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1049
      • RESP1046
      • RESP1052
      • RESP1060

      This course will enable the student to gain the necessary practice and skills to perform a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic Respiratory related adult critical care procedures.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1047
      • RESP1042C
      • RESP1049
      • RESP1051
      • RESP1060

      Students will gain practical experiences in a variety of pulmonary diagnostic areas. They will perform and interpret lung function tests according to recognized standards, manipulate analytical laboratory instruments to measure blood gas data, practice assessment techniques and equipment applications in a sleep diagnostics environment and apply prior knowledge of stationary and ambulatory electrocardiographic techniques.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1043
      • RESP1047
      • RESP1058
      • RESP1060

      Students will use principles and standards to test and evaluate pulmonary functions in laboratory and clinical scenarios.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHIS1047

      This clinical course will provide action-based learning incorporating competencies learned in the preceding Respiratory Therapy courses.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1045
      • RESP1050
      • RESP1058

      This course is designed to prepare the Respiratory Therapy student for entry into clinical practice. Clinical practice and laboratory simulations will be used to prepare the student.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1047
      • RESP1046
      • RESP1043
      • RESP1059

      Students will use the information in this course to assess preterm, term and pediatric patients. They will perform simulations in these techniques and in advanced life saving protocols to manage acute cardiac and respiratory emergencies. They will also manipulate human mechanical ventilation systems to care for the neonatal and pediatric populations.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1052

      Advanced life saving protocols will be practiced and tested for all patient populations during acute cardiac and respiratory emergencies.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1051
      • RESP1048
      • RESP1046
      • RESP1062
      • RESP1060

      Students will perform a series of comprehensive examinations during the clinical phase of their curriculum. They will utilize continuous revision to enhance their performances of theoretical based examination processes.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1060

      During this clinical rotation, students will assess and plan the respiratory therapy of non-critically ill patients. In oral and written format, the students will develop, implement and evaluate respiratory care plans in direct consultation with the attending physician, while working closely with other allied health professionals.

      Prerequisites:

      • RESP1045
      • RESP1043
      • RESP1051
      • RESP1049
      • COMM1179
      • RESP1060
      • PHMC1019

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      Using the correct medical terminology is essential in the health care field. In this course students will learn the basic language used in medicine.


      Specific Considerations

      The Respiratory Therapy Program is committed to the education of Respiratory Therapists who will fulfill the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (The Alliance) clinical practice competencies for entry to practice and who will pursue certification by the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC). Those skills, representing the required competencies an entry-level respiratory therapist is expected to be able to perform in the workplace, will provide patient-focused respiratory care while working alongside other health professionals as a member of the integrated health care team.

      For information regarding these competencies, please visit the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists website under National Competency Profile.

      For information regarding relevant accreditation standards, see the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists website under Accreditation. The Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE) is responsible for the accreditation of 23 respiratory therapy schools across Canada and one internationally.

      See here for information regarding the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care.

      See here for further information regarding the Respiratory Therapy profession. Details on student memberships and required personal liability insurance for graduates will also be found on this site by clicking on "Membership Information" and "Student Members".

      For details on the process of regulation, scope of practice and benefits to the health care system, refer to the "New Brunswick Association of Respiratory Therapists Standards of Practice" and "Bill 51", both documents that can be found on the New Brunswick Association of Respiratory Therapists website. Details on the student license fee will also be found on the NBART website.

      Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities throughout the province may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form as well as proof of valid CPR (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) and specific immunizations. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

      Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. The workplace experiences begin in the Respiratory Therapy Program in the spring of the second year. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

      Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the practicum settings. Students must also assume costs of accommodations if part, or all, of the practicum placement is outside their hometown or campus location.


      Accreditations

      Organization: Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE)
      Accreditation Period: 2015
      Information: The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education. (CoARTE)


      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: UNB - Saint John
      Articulation Period:
      Information: A student registered in the BHS degree who has successfully completed the didactic and clinical portions administered by NBCC Saint John Campus shall receive academic credit equal to 50% of the credits towards the BHS degree.


      External Certifications

      Respiratory Therapy graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT)
      External Certification: Respiratory Therapy - CSRT
      Information: Upon successful completion of this program, the Respiratory Therapy graduate could obtain eligibility to write the National Registry Examination governed by Canadian Board for Respiratory Care. Those who are successful on this exam will receive a Certificate of Registry from the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT).

      Passing the examination permits the student to practice in Canada except in those provinces that may require their own provincial examination. Students are also responsible to pay for the fee to write the national registration exam.

       


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