About the Program
Registered respiratory therapists are life-supporting and life-enhancing health-care professionals dedicated to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Registered respiratory therapists treat patients across a broad age spectrum, caring for infants, children, adults and geriatric patients. Our goal is to facilitate the pursuit of excellence in the field of Respiratory Therapy by providing the knowledge, skills and competencies that students require to work as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.
The faculty in the Respiratory Therapy program are Registered Respiratory Therapists with an average of 15 years of clinical experience, including community and critical care environments.
With projects ranging from creating new training technologies to finding ways to promote health careers to more students, the School of Health and Life Sciences staff and students are actively involved in creative applied research that benefits students, faculty and patients.
Read about the Encouraging Applied Research project, where students determined to be future leaders in Respiratory Therapy helped develop an applied research proposal.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $2,200
Semester 2: $1,200
Semester 3: $1,000
Semester 4: $1,000
Semester 5: $500
Semester 6: $1,300
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
70% in each of:
- English 30-1
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Applied Math 30
- Chemistry 30
- Biology 30
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 9 Required for Non Native English Speakers.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Multiple Mini Interview
- CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification for entry into the program, and remain current throughout clinical training. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support | NAIT.
- Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.
- Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Prerequisites are reviewed by the Registrar's Office for compliance. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Registrar's Office and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 83.25%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based on the interview and academic scores; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 will be the multiple mini-interview (MMI) style. These interviews may be done online. Candidates who are successful moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions.
- English Language Requirements - Respiratory Therapy Applicants Please Note: The College and Association of Respiratory Therapy of Alberta (CARTA) is the licensing body for Respiratory Therapists practicing in Alberta. CARTA requires applicants whose first language is not English to complete the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) enhanced language training proficiency assessment and achieve a minimum level of 9 in all categories (speaking, listening, reading and writing) before being licensed in Alberta. Therefore, it is a program requirement that all students achieve a CLB of 9 prior to applying to the program. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their language proficiency meets CARTA's requirement.
Please note that CARTA does not accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or Michener English Language Assessment (MELA) as substantially equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. For more information, contact CARTA at 403.274.1828 or visit the website.
Students rotate through a variety of clinical rotations in hospital and home care settings. Rotations include adult intensive care, neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, home care, surgical suite and wards. Students are expected to complete competency-based objectives and are evaluated on their performance in rotations and post-rotational written examinations. If you have questions, or would like more information about work experience terms, contact the placement facilitator Ben Rauschning, Work Integrated Learning and Clinical instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780.471.8887.
There are 4 work experiences during the program:
- Year 1 Work-Integrated Experience - 2 weeks in February, observation rotation
- Year 2 Introduction to Clinical - 4 weeks in April/May
- Year 3 Clinical Experience - 16 weeks from August to December and 18 weeks from January to May
Salary: Since clinical rotations are part of the educational experience, salaries are not paid to students.
Relocation: Relocation is possible if there aren’t enough industry participants locally. Any relocation expenses incurred for practicum placement are the responsibility of the student.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
The NAIT Respiratory Therapy program is fully accredited by The Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education. (CoARTE)
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.