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School of Health and Life Sciences

Respiratory Therapy

Sep 08, 2020
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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"
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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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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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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

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.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.