Respiratory Therapists work within a hospital-based setting, where they perform a variety of functions, such as providing life support for patients who cannot breathe on their own, assisting in high-risk births, assisting anesthesiologists in the operating room and conducting tests to measure lung function. The Diploma in Respiratory Therapy (Dip. RT) program is a three-year applied diploma, including a yearlong practicum during which student train alongside professionals in the field.


  1. Explain the theory behind all procedures as outlined by the current National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (NARTRB) National Competency Profile.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge to clinical practice.
  3. Perform all procedures outlined in the syllabus.
  4. Use all equipment related to procedures outlined in the syllabus.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the therapist’s role in healthcare, and function with responsibility and empathy as members of the healthcare team.

Mathematics Requirement:

  1. A minimum of 60% on the University Math Placement Test; OR
  2. A valid SAT Report Form with minimum score of 480; OR

Successful completion of Foundation Program requirements.

Career Opportunities

A wide range of career opportunities in the field currently exist and they include but are not limited to the following:

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist Supervisor

Respiratory Care Educator

Critical Care Respiratory Therapist

Bedside Respiratory Therapist

Home Care Respiratory Therapist

Chronic Treatment Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Care Researcher

•                Pulmonary Function Testing Clinic RT

Entrance requirements

    1. High school graduation certificate or equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a minimum average of 60%, and successful completion of final year Chemistry and Biology with a minimum score of 60%; OR
      1. High school graduation certificate approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education plus the following:
  1. English Language 

    Minimum 60%
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    * Biology and Chemistry (Grade 12 level or equivalent)
    Minimum 60%
*Admission is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked based on their overall final year (Grade 12 or equivalent) high school percentage, placement tests rankings, and Admission Priority Category.

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. The required score on the University English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department; OR
  1. A valid (within two years) IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 5.0; OR
  2. Successful completion of Foundation Program requirements.