Internationally Educated Applicants

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, applicants who have not graduated from an approved Canadian Respiratory Therapy program must undergo an evaluation of their education and a competency assessment to ensure they have the competencies necessary to provide safe, effective and ethical respiratory therapy services in Nova Scotia.  

The NSCRT will do an assessment of the applicant’s formal education program and clinical experience to determine if it is substantially equivalent to the entry to practice requirements for NSCRT registration.The applicant will be required to undergo a competency assessment to verify if they 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 applicants are responsible for all costs associated with the assessment.  

A health care professional who has demonstrated competency in many but not all required competencies may require further education to attain these competencies.

A health care professional who has not achieved a substantially equivalent respiratory therapy education may be recommended to 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, applicants 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.

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