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).


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
      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

      Additional Statements
      Apply for, complete, and provide proof of...
      Work in an environment where...
      Possess or obtain the following official documentation...

      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

      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.


      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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