To practice Respiratory Therapy in Nova Scotia you must hold a certificate of registration/license with the Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists (NSCRT). To be eligible for a license, if you have not graduated from an approved Canadian Respiratory Therapy program, you must have an evaluation of your education and a competency assessment to ensure you have the competencies necessary to provide safe, effective and ethical respiratory therapy services in Nova Scotia.
The NSCRT will do an assessment of your formal education program and clinical experience to determine if it is substantially equivalent to the entry to practice requirements for NSCRT registration. You will be required to undergo a competency assessment to verify that you possess all of the competencies required to enter practice as a respiratory therapist in Nova Scotia. Please note that the competency assessment is performed by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario and you are responsible for all costs associated with the assessment.
If you have demonstrated competency in many but not all required areas you may need further education to attain these competencies. If your formal education is not similar enough to respiratory therapy education in Canada it may be recommended that you apply for regular entry into the full-time respiratory therapy program in Nova Scotia, or any of the accredited respiratory therapy education programs across Canada.
All applicants for an active practicing license must have successfully completed the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC) national certification examination. The examination is mandatory. To be eligible to write the CBRC exam, you must first meet the education requirements.
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Please note that you may not work as a respiratory therapist, or in any way hold yourself out as a person qualified to practice respiratory therapy in the province of Nova Scotia until after your application for registration has been completed and have confirmed your registration (licence) by the NSCRT.