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The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapist celebrates Respiratory Therapy (RT) week (October 21 to 26)

In 2019, we are highlighting certain occupations as part of our Social Media Education Platform. We are doing this as an effort to bring awareness to grade 11, 12 and college students so they can think ahead and do research on varies career options available.

To date, we have interviewed an Optometrist, Speech Language Pathologist, Bike Shop Manager, Correctional Officer, Social Worker, 911 Operator, Police Officer, Nurse, Teacher, Educational Support Staff, Radiation Therapist, Lifeguard, Firefighter, Musical Professional, Paramedic, Engineer, Medical Laboratory Professional, a career in Acting, working for Non-profits, Dental Hygienist, and Marketing professional. We discussed the reality of their day to day work and asked them for advice on succeeding in their prospective fields. Check out these interviews by visiting our “Student Career Resource Section”.


Today we are proud to interview Michael Campbell, a Respiratory Therapist.

Here is our interview with  Michael:   

What is a Respiratory Therapist?
Respiratory therapists (RTs) are highly skilled health care professionals. They care for patients by evaluating, treating, and maintaining cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function. Respiratory therapists have specialized medical expertise and use advanced medical technology. They are educated to treat all age groups, from newborns to the elderly.

Most respiratory therapists work in hospital settings, particularly high-risk areas.
Briefly describe the educational background you need to be a Respiratory Therapist.
To become respiratory therapists, students follow educational programs offered by either community colleges or universities. Colleges offer a three-year diploma program and universities offer a four-year degree program.

Respiratory therapy educational programs include both clinical and didactic components. The clinical component typically involves extensive hands-on training in a hospital setting.
Generally, becoming a respiratory therapist requires:

  • Graduating from a training program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Education which is administered by the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
  • Successfully completing a certification examination

What your favorite part about being a Respiratory Therapist?
One of the best parts of being a Respiratory Therapist is the variety in workload.  No two days are ever the same…I could be in an intense trauma in the Emergency room and an hour later I could be delivering patient education.    It is always challenging and rewarding.
Leave us with a fun fact about your occupation.
Respiratory Therapists work in almost all areas of the hospital from Neonatal ICU to the Elderly.  We are a vital part of the health care team.
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