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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).
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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.
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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.
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Learn to plan and implement diagnostic procedures for patients suffering from a wide range of heart and lung disorders. This 3-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:
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.
Upon successful completion of the RET program the graduate is eligible to challenge the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC) entry-to-practice certification examination to become a registered respiratory therapist.
In order to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in the province of Alberta, technologists are required to be registered with the College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta to obtain a license to practice.
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.
Registered respiratory therapists are responsible for assessment, therapeutic intervention and follow-up in a variety of clinical settings such as:
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Respiratory Therapists are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education of patients with heart and lung disorders.
NAIT's Simulation Centre re-creates the real world of health-care careers
Midway through her program at NAIT, she suffered a life-threatening brain bleed. Not only did she survive the brain surgery, she went on to work in the neurosciences ICU that saved her life.
From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.
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