Where will this take me?
Pursuing a career in respiratory therapy opens a world of possibility in health care. It is a high-demand field, and RTs are urgently needed in Canada and abroad to treat, manage and care for patients with cardiopulmonary and other breathing disorders. RTs directly impact the lives of the youngest to the most senior patients in various health care settings.
RTs work in various hospital and clinical settings, including:
- High-risk areas such as emergency departments and adult, pediatric and/or neonatal intensive care units.
- Operating rooms.
- Various hospital wards.
- Diagnostic departments such as pulmonary function labs and bronchoscopy.
- Out-patient clinics.
- In the community in areas such as home care, obstructive sleep apnea clinics, asthma/respiratory education, pulmonary rehab clinics and more.
- Marketing and sales of respiratory equipment.
- Policy and research.
Graduates of the three-year RT Diploma program gain 90 credits which can be used toward a Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) through Open Learning.
Alternatively, students can choose to apply for the dual credential stream in the winter semester of their first year. This allows students to complete both their RT diploma and BHSc simultaneously in just four years.
As a graduate of the dual credential stream, students gain 60 credits that can be applied to a Bachelor of Science (BSc). Some lower level prerequisites will need to be completed in order to enter required upper level BSc courses.
Students also have the option to enter the dual Diploma/Masters stream if they have a BSc (preferred) or associate science degree and meet admission requirements for the Master of Education (MEd). In this stream, students complete both programs at the same time. The RT curriculum fulfils the professional requirements needed to become a RT while the Master's degree prepares educational leaders and capable researchers for a variety of roles in education, health care, private industry and government. The MEd program offers thesis, final project or capstone course options.
Graduates of the RT diploma can also apply for the Anesthesia Assistant Post-Diploma program through Open Learning.