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Transcript of Respiratory Therapy
What are respiratory therapists?
Advantages/Disadvantages of the Career:
Respiratory Therapists work as part of a team of physicians, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. When people experience respiratory difficulties, Respiratory Therapists are often the first health care professionals involved. They monitor, evaluate and treat individuals with breathing disorders.
Setting up and operating equipment such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration device, environmental control systems. defibrillators, monitors, and CPR machines.
provide emergency care, including artificial respiration, external cardiac massage and assistance with cardiopulmonary recovery.
Perform pulmonary function and adjust equipment to obtain optimum results in therapy.
Educate patients and their families about their conditions and teach appropriate disease management techniques, such as breathing exercises and the use of medications and respiratory equipment.
The educational requirements that are needed for an entry level position in this career is your high school diploma, your grade 11 & 12:
Probability & Statistics
Health & Physical Education
The qualifications you need academically to gain admission into this program is your Standard First Aid and CPR, Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening, Mask Fit testing for infection control and for self-contained breathing device.
Over the last few years, the number of respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists has grown sharply. This increase can be explained mainly by the rise in cases of respiratory disease, especially among seniors, and the development of out-patient care. Considering the government's health care priorities and that an aging population is having an effect on the occurrence of respiratory disease, the number of people in this occupation should continue to rise sharply over the next few years.
Technology advances will affect the career of respiratory therapists in a very positive way; it wouldn’t affect the career path because technology can’t assist a physician during flexible fiber optic bronchos copy services, or provide chronic disease management education services to patients, and also maintain accurate records of the therapies and services provided to patients.
For an Entry level respiratory therapist, their average starting salary is from $40,000 to $55,000 a year. For a Supervisor / Senior Respiratory Therapist, their salary is from $65,000 to $85,000 a year.
Hourly rates range widely, but typically fall between $22 and $37. Some senior-level respiratory therapists earn more.
Ideally, it will take about a minimum of eight to ten years before you can get to the top of the salary scale. The salaries depend on experience, education, employer, and location.
Full-time respiratory therapists will usually receive benefits such as paid vacations, dental coverage, and contributions to insurance and pension plans.
Therapists who work at large hospitals in major cities often earn higher wages than those who work at smaller facilities in less populated areas.
Advantage: Variety of Job Tasks
A respiratory therapy job is not likely to become boring. Continued growth in biomedical technology provides learning opportunities, and the job has a high level of variety. A therapist's day may include interviewing patients, diagnosing a breathing disorder, recommending treatments, educating a patient's family about the condition, consulting with doctors about possible changes in therapy for a patient, analyzing tissue and blood specimens, and responding to emergency situations.
Disadvantage: Working Conditions
Hospitals need staff at all times, some respiratory therapists work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. They spend much of their day standing and walking. Emergency situations can be stressful. In addition, like many other jobs in health care, these workers have exposure to infectious diseases, although they minimize risks by following proper safety procedures.
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$2,583.44 per term in Levels 01, and level 02
$2,575.86 per term in Levels 03, and level 04.
Information Technology Fee: $62 per term.
Mobile Computing Fee: $150 per term.
Student Activity/Sports Fee: $200.50 per term in Levels 01, 02 and 03 and $76.03 in Level 04/05/06.
Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term in Levels 01, 02 and 03.
Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term in Levels 01, 02 and 03.
Length of program: Three -year Ontario College Diploma
Hansen Rita, ‘The Canadian Society of Respiratory’. The Canadian Society of Respiratory. Internet. January. 3,2014. http://www.csrt.com/en/publications/advertising.asp
Government of Alberta, Human Services, ‘Respiratory Therapist’ . Alberta Occupational Profiles, Oct, 2010. Page 1. Internet. January 3,2014, http://alis.alberta.ca/occinfo/Content/RequestAction.asp?aspAction=GetHTMLProfile&format=html&occPro_ID=71002752
‘Faculty of science: respiratory therapy’. Thompson Rivers University, Page 1. Internet. January 4, 2014,http://www.tru.ca/science/programs/rt/requirements.html
Program Code: 1704X01FWO
English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
•Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
•Biology, Grade 11 (SBI3C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
•Chemistry, Grade 12 (SCH4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
All applicants must complete testing through our Test Centre, for which a fee of $50 will be charged. Results of the tests will be utilized in the final evaluation of the applicants.
A current Standard First Aid and CPR Level "C" certificate is required prior to registration. Students cannot attend clinical until this is completed.
Northumberland Hills Hospital
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Length of program: Three years Ontario College Diploma program
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
•Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
•Mathematics ONE OF:
•Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
•Grade 11 Functions (U)
•Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
•Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
•Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Tuition Fee (International Students)
The fee payable to the College by visa students for 2012/2013 for one year (two levels) is $13,076.09 for most programs. This includes the Tuition Fee, the Incidental Fee, the Student Activity Fee, the Student Building Fee, two Health Insurance Fees, the Technology Fee and the Athletics Fee. This fee may be adjusted for programs which are shorter or longer than the standard two level duration.
The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.
•Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
•Evidence of Good Health
•Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
• It is recommended that Biology be completed within 5 years prior to the start date of the program.
• Recommended: Grade 11 Chemistry, U level
• An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
• Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
• Introductory word processing or keyboarding is recommended.
• Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend the practicum experience. This placement is mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend field/clinical placement will not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program.
To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
• a clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), completed annually
• completed immunization records, which are to be maintained throughout the program
• Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) /AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Professional) certification; CPR is to be updated annually
• completed mask fit testing for infection control and for self-contained breathing apparatus as required
• Criminal Screening: To be eligible for practicum, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical and will jeopardize progress in the program.