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: $1000
Semester 2: $450
Semester 3: $TBA
Semester 4: $450
Semester 5: $500
Semester 6: $TBA
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 or 30-2
- Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30
- Chemistry 30
- Biology 30
- The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for shortlisted applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
- The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
Applicants offered an interview in the first round will not be offered a second interview if the first is incomplete, unsuccessful, low scoring, or if they decline the opportunity. An applicant cancelled based on the outcome of this interview, or for choosing not to complete it, should not reapply for the same intake as a second interview offer will not be extended.
Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 83.25%.
Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life 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.
Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to Student Selection Processes for more information.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
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. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
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. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
English Language Requirements:
The College and Association of Respiratory Therapy of Alberta (CARTA) has additional language requirements for licensing Respiratory Therapists in Alberta whose first language is not English. In preparation for employment, post graduation, it is the responsibility of the individual applying for a license to ensure their language proficiency meets provincial regulator requirements for licensing. For more information on CARTA requirements visit their website at www.carta.ca.
The following activities are encouraged to ensure an adequate understanding of the expectations and duties of the program and profession:
- Review of program website
- Open House information sessions
- Program Preview
- Health Program Interview Workshop
Tuesday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Barbara Frueh Memorial Award - Spring||2000.00||1|
Available to graduating students of the Respiratory Therapy program. Awarded on the basis of high academic achievement and superior performance during the clinical year.
|Bill Ho Memorial Scholarship - Spring||1000.00||1|
Bill emigrated from Hong Kong to Edmonton in 1976 as a Civil Engineer. He graduated in 1988 as a Respiratory Therapist from NAIT, working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) until his untimely passing away in 2009 from gastric cancer. Bill was a loving husband and father. He was well respected and loved by all who knew him. At work, Bill’s patients always came first. He was a mentor to many respiratory students at the RAH. Bill had a calming effect at work, especially during critical situations. At Bill’s funeral, one of Bill’s co-workers stated, “You knew you were going to have a good shift, when working with Bill.” Available to a graduating student of the Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of top academic achievement throughout the course of the program.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Eileen Turgeon Bursary||2000.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, Cytotechnology, Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|Jeri Killam Memorial Scholarship - Spring||500.00||1|
Jerri Killam was a great student with good marks and a people person who was never afraid to speak her mind. She cared about her community of Lloydminster and cared about her patients in a very direct way. She worked in Respiratory Homecare for years in both the oxygen and sleep areas.Available to third year students in the Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of an academic achievement of 80% in the second year of the program. A letter submission on "Why I went into Respiratory Therapy and what I think a Respiratory Therapist will provide to the profession and to the health and well being of patients in the community" is required.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|Kevin Indergaard Respiratory Therapy Excellence Award - Spring||1750.00||1|
The Kevin Indergaard Respiratory Excellence Award has been established in memory of a valued NAIT staff member. Kevin was a graduate of the SAIT Respiratory Therapy program as well as obtaining a Bachelor of Education through the University of Education. He truly found his calling when he began his teaching career at NAIT. Kevin was a passionate educator as well as an excellent mentor and facilitator. Kevin held numerous roles at NAIT such as Program Head of the Respiratory Therapy program, Chair of Community Care Programs, Chair of Diagnostic imaging Programs, Associate Registrar and the Department of Teaching and Academic Development. He has always had a strong commitment to the field of Respiratory Therapy and was passionate about student professionalism and their commitment to quality patient care. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2013. Available to students enrolled in the third year of the Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of professionalism, recognizable effort and continued improvement in clinical achievements, critical thinking and effective connection of theory with clinical applications, a high level of commitment to patient care and well-being and a commitment to inter-professional and community activities.
|Sarah Robertson-Taylor Memorial Bursary||1000.00||1|
Sarah Robertson-Taylor was a dedicated Respiratory Therapy student and would want to help out other dedicated students if they were struggling financially. This bursary is to help those students and to continue Sarah's generous and caring nature at the same time.Available to students in the third year of the Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 80%.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|The Right Honourable Don Mazankowski Award of Excellence in Respiratory Therapy - Fall||800.00||1|
Available to second year students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community involvement and demonstrated leadership skills.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.