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Respiratory Therapist (RT)


Respiratory Therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders or cardiopulmonary conditions. They administer treatments, conduct tests, and educate patients on their condition to enable patients to manage their respiratory conditions and lung function. 

Steps to becoming a Respiratory Therapist (RT) in Nova Scotia.

Step 1
Complete a Respiratory Therapy program

If you are interested in Respiratory Therapy, you may consider a four-year respiratory therapy university degree or a three-year training program through a community college. Consider Respiratory Therapy programs, right here in Atlantic Canada!

Dalhousie University – Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy

University of New Brunswick – Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy

New Brunswick Community College – Respiratory Therapy

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) – Respiratory Therapy

There are various Respiratory Therapy programs in Canada, visit the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists and Accreditation Canada for more information.  

Step 2
Pass the Respiratory Therapy Exam

After completing an approved respiratory therapy program in Canada, you will become eligible for the national registration exam. The exam is provided through the Health Professionals Testing Canada and successful candidates become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

Step 3
Register as a Respiratory Therapist in Nova Scotia

To start working, you must apply and become licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists. Learn more at the College’s website here.