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School of Health and Life Sciences

Respiratory Therapy

Sep 03, 2019
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. PLAR Respiratory Therapy - RSCH1100
  2. PLAR Application Form
  3. PLAR Payment Form

If you have successful experience that can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge that would meet learning outcomes for course(s) within the Respiratory Therapy program, you may be able to challenge the following course through PLAR: RSCH1100.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Respiratory Therapists are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education of patients with heart and lung disorders. As a Respiratory Therapist, you’ll work with patients of all ages, from infants and children to adults and geriatrics. The Respiratory Therapist is a crucial life-saving and life-supporting professional, and as a NAIT graduate you’ll be well equipped to work in a wide variety of hospital and health care settings.  

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

Learn to plan and implement diagnostic procedures for patients suffering from a wide range of heart and lung disorders. This 2-year diploma program will feature simulation experience, with classroom and lab instruction, combined with clinical rotations in various hospital settings. The program features hands-on training in areas such as:

  • human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology
  • airway management and cardiopulmonary testing, monitoring and resuscitation
  • assessment of cardio-respiratory patient status; ventilator support; testing and evaluation of respiratory equipment

You can expect to spend, on average:

27 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.

10 to 15 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.


Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Registered respiratory therapists are responsible for assessment, therapeutic intervention and follow-up in a variety of clinical settings such as:

  • critical care units
  • operating rooms
  • emergency departments
  • hospital wards
  • sleep laboratories
  • pulmonary function laboratories
  • hyperbaric oxygen programs
  • community-based care programs
  • research

Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Respiratory Therapy program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: RET@nait.ca
Tel: 780.491.3194
Fax: 780.471.8770

 



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Level 1 Term 1

ANPH1101Anatomy and Physiology Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of Biology 30 or equivalent(s) is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Course Equivalencies: RET103
  • Open Studies: Available

In this course the student will develop an understanding of the structure and function of organs and systems in the human body. Basic chemical principles, medical terminology and pathology will also be introduced.

RESP1100Airway Management Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Co-requisites: ANPH1101, RESP1101, RESP1104.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course serves as a foundation for the Respiratory Therapy Program. Students learn various manual ventilation and airway management techniques for adults, neonates, and pediatric patients at the basic and advanced level. The student will also learn concepts encompassing ventilation dynamics.

RESP1101Oxygen Therapy
  • Requisites: It is recommended that students have 70% in each of: English 30-1, Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or Applied Math 30, Chemistry 30, Biology 30. The knowledge from the above courses will increase the likelihood of success in this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

Aspects of oxygen therapy including indications, hazards, equipment and application.

RESP1102Introduction to Profession
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students. Although not required, successful completion of English 30 or equivalent(s) is recommended prior to taking this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

Medical terminology, infection control and the importance of effective interpersonal communication skills and teamwork in the healthcare setting. The diverse needs and human relations posed by healthcare clients are also explored. Students will also analyze their personal effectiveness related to wellness, stress management and nutrition.

RESP1104Patient Assessment
  • Requisites: It is recommended that students have 70% in each of: English 30-1, Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or Applied Math 30, Chemistry 30, Biology 30. The knowledge from the above courses will increase the likelihood of success in this course.
  • Open Studies: Available

Patient Assessment is one of the most important skills that is learned as a Respiratory Therapy student. It is the basis from which all other decisions will be made. Students learn techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation as well as recognizing the signs and symptoms of disease, measuring vital signs and the art of documentation.

Level 1 Term 2

ANPH1201Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ANPH1101.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on respiratory anatomy and physiology pertaining to respiration and ventilation. The introduction of cardiac and renal systems will also be included.

RESP1200Mechanical Ventilation Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Prerequisites: RESP1100, RESP1101, RESP1104, ANPH1101. Co-requisites: ANPH1201. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Mechanical ventilation including technical aspects and troubleshooting of a variety of mechanical ventilators. Classification of ventilators will also be covered. The laboratory sessions will familiarize the students with modern ventilatory equipment.

RESP1202Pharmacology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Pre-Requisite: ANPH1101. Co-Requisite: ANPH1201.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The major respiratory medications and delivery devices are discussed in this course. The student will be introduced to pharmacokinetics including terminology, receptors, uptake and metabolism. Pharmacology is discussed in the setting of respiratory, cardiac and other disease processes.

RESP1203Child Health Concepts
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Prerequisites: ANPH1101, RESP1100, RESP1101, RESP1104. Co-requisites: ANPH1201, RESP1202, RESP1204. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Neonatal and pediatric health and assessment will be addressed Other disease processes involving prenatal and sleep assessment will also be discussed.

RESP1204Applied Airway Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ANHP1101, RESP1100, RESP1104, RESP1101, RESP1102. Co-Requisites: ANPH1201, RESP1200, RESP1202, RESP1205. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.This course is not available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The focus of this course is the selection and use of appropriate airway devices and suction systems for specific patients as well as practicing airway rehabilitation techniques. An introductory work-integrated learning rotation in respiratory patient care areas in the Edmonton area will be included.

RESP1205Vascular Access and Sample Analysis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Prerequisites: ANPH1101. Co-requisites: ANPH1201, RESP1202.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Blood gas acquistion, analysis, and interpretation will be discussed in this course. The placement and use of various arterial and venous invasive lines will be described and practiced.

Level 2 Term 1

RESP2300Applied Mechanical Ventilation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Prerequisites: RESP1200, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, ANPH1201. Co-requisites: RESP2301, 2302, 2304. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Enhanced fundamental modes of mechanical ventilation with a specific focus on ventilation applications in critical care units.

RESP2301Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP1104, ANPH1201, RESP1205. Co-requisite: RESP2300, RESP2302, RESP2304. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course includes theory and practical application of hemodynamic measurements, and common cardiac disorders and conditions. Students learn to acquire and interpret 3 and 12 lead electrocardiograms and apply the functional principles of advanced cardiopulmonary life support.

RESP2302Diagnostics
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP1200, ANPH1201, RESP1202, RESP1203, RESP1204, RESP1205. Co-requisites: RESP2301, RESP2303, RESP2304. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the fundamentals of pulmonary function testing (PFT), sleep studies, radiologic interpretation and bronchoscopy. PFT interpretation and diagnostic equipment will also be discussed.

RESP2303Child Health Pathophysiology
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP1200, ANPH1201, RESP1202, RESP1203, RESP1204, RESP1205. Co-requisite: RESP2302. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Neonatal and pediatric disease processes according to etiology/definition, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment options.

RESP2304Adult Pathophysiology
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP1200, ANPH1201, RESP1202, RESP1203, RESP1204, RESP1205. Co-requisites: RESP2300, RESP2302. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explores pathophysiology of diseases that affect the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Specific diseases pertaining to restrictive and obstructive pulmonary processes will be studied.

Level 2 Term 2

RESP2400Adult Ventilation Strategies
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Respiratory Therapy program. Prerequisites: RESP2300, RESP2301, RESP2302, RESP2303, RESP2304. Co-requisite: RESP2404. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Ventilation theory, weaning, invasive airways and applications for the management of specific disease states.

RESP2402Child Health Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP2300, RESP2301, RESP2302, RESP2303, RESP2304. Co-requisites: RESP 2400, RESP 2403. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the theory and practical application of neonatal resuscitation and pediatric resuscitation. The care, treatment and management of children in the critical care environment will be applied.

RESP2403Anesthesia
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP2300, RESP2301, RESP2302, RESP2303, RESP2304. Co-requisites: RESP2400, RESP2404. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Prepare the respiratory student for practice in the operating room and other critical care areas. Pharmacological approaches and management of potential life threatening complications will be presented.

RESP2404Critical Care Concepts
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP2300, RESP2301, RESP2302, RESP2303, RESP2304. Co-requisite: RESP2400. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will apply individual and complex critical care skills in a simulated environment.

RSCH1100Research in Healthcare
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will be introduced to research methodologies, evidence-based practices, information collection, and critical appraisal of research literature in healthcare. This course will provide healthcare students with the underlying theory and practical skills required to participate in research activities.

Level 2 Intercession

RESP2590Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP2400, RESP2402, RESP2403, RESP2404. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The focus of this course is on Work Integrated Learning, where students will be engaged in a variety of work-based environments that provide relevant and authentic experience in Respiratory Therapy. Students will practice and be evaluated on a broad range of skills and competencies outlined by the National Competency Framework for Respiratory Therapy, under the supervision of preceptors and faculty.

Level 3 Term 1

RESP3590AClinical Rotations
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: RESP2590.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The focus of this course is on Work Integrated Learning, where students will be engaged in a variety of work-based environments that provide relevant and authentic experience in Respiratory Therapy. Students will practice and be evaluated on a broad range of skills and competencies outlined by the National Competency Framework for Respiratory Therapy, under the supervision of preceptors and faculty.

Level 3 Term 2

IPHE1201Interprofessional Healthcare Education
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students from different health care professions will learn with, from and about one another to improve patient care. Role clarity, communication, and patient-centered care will be explored, along with conflict, team work and patient safety from an interprofessional perspective. Students will use these skills to practice effectively within a diverse interprofessional team.

RESP3590BClinical Rotations
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: RESP3590A, RESP2590.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The focus of this course is on Work Integrated Learning, where students will be engaged in a variety of work-based environments that provide relevant and authentic experience in Respiratory Therapy. Students will practice and be evaluated on a broad range of skills and competencies outlined by the National Competency Framework for the Profession of Respiratory Therapy , under the supervision of preceptors and faculty.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • 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
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

  • Online Interview:

    • The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
    • The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants..
    • Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

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 the Student Selection Criteria and Process for more information

Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • First Aid – PRIOR TO ENTERING PROGRAM

CPR-C (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification for entry into the program and remain current throughout clinical training. One of the following courses or certifications can be used to meet this requirement: + NAIT CPRS100 - Basic Life Support + NAIT CPRS500 - Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C. + Canadian Ski Patrol (CPR-C) + Heart & Stroke Foundation (BLS for HCP (C), BLS, CPR C) + Lifesaving Society (CPR-C) + Red Cross (CPR-C or HCP) + St. John Ambulance (CPR-C or HCP).

  • Police 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.

  • Immunization - General

Once accepted into the program, students must ensure their immunizations are current to the Alberta Health Services Immunization Standards. The program will contact you with specific instructions for completing the 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 progression 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.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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