Respiratory Therapist

A respiratory therapist assists in the diagnosis, treatment and health promotion of patients with cardio-respiratory disorders. They provide cardio-pulmonary support, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation support, administration of medical gasses, humidity therapy and airway management. The respiratory therapist also performs respiratory assessments of patients, tests and monitors cardio-pulmonary function, assists with the transport of high risk patients and participates in home-care programs. They are also involved in the maintenance, repair, testing and evaluation of respiratory equipment. Respiratory therapists play an important role in the education of patients, families and hospital staff. They are employed in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, public health clinics, home care services, research labs within universities, private sector corporations, equipment and pharmaceutical sales and air quality testing facilities.

Skills Required

  • good communication skills
  • good organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • compassion and an interest in caring for others
  • interest and ability to use equipment to perform tasks requiring precision
  • the ability to act quickly and decisively in crisis situations
  • the ability to work independently and in a team environment

Education/Training Required

3 year diploma program or 4 year Bachelor degree

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University
University of Moncton
New Brunswick Community College
Universite de Moncton (in partnership with New Bruswick Community College)
College of the North Atlantic

Average Starting Salary
$49,920

Growth Rate
Varies

Education Required
3 to 4 years