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Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists

Other titles : cardiopulmonary technician, respiratory therapy chief, technologist, inhalation, respiratory technician


Description :

Respiratory therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with respiratory and cardiopulmonary disorders. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, health units, extended-care facilities, public health centres and respiratory home care companies. Cardiopulmonary technologists assist physicians in the technical aspects of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.

Main duties :

Respiratory therapists

  • perform diagnostic tests, such as arterial blood gas analysis and cardiopulmonary functions tests;
  • operate and monitor respiratory equipment to administer treatments such as oxygen, oxygen-air mixtures, humidified air or medication;
  • assess patients and perform or assist with interventions such as airway maintenance, line insertions, inductions and intubations;
  • perform artificial respiration and external cardiac massage;
  • participate in home care programs for chronic respiratory patients and provide patient and family education;
  • respiratory therapists may also specialize in fields such as anesthesia, intensive phase care, pediatric, cardiopulmonary diagnosis and respiratory home care.

Cardiopulmonary technologists

  • perform diagnostic tests, such as pulmonary function and asthma stress, or assist physicians with cardiac and cardiopulmonary stress tests and bronchoscopies;
  • determine patients' blood characteristics such as activated clotting time and oxygen saturation;
  • operate, monitor, maintain, calibrate and test diagnostic and therapeutic equipment;
  • monitor patient and advise physician of any changes in patient condition;
  • prepare medications and administer inhaler and other treatments under supervision of cardiologist.
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Mauricie
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Lanaudière
  • Laval
  • Outaouais
  • Montréal
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Estrie
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Centre-du-Québec


Diplôme d'études collégiales (DEP)


Techniques d'inhalothérapie

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

Ce programme permet de former des inhalothérapeutes travaillant en collaboration avec l’équipe de santé en prenant des responsabilités de soins dans les domaines de la fonction cardiorespiratoire et de l’anesthésie-réanimation. Le programme d’études comprend des cours théoriques, des travaux pratiques en laboratoire et des stages cliniques. L’inhalothérapeute acquerra des connaissances en anatomie et physiologie humaines, particulièrement des fonctions cardiorespiratoire et nerveuse, en microbiologie, en immunologie, en chimie, en psychologie, en inhalothérapie, en physiopathologie et en anesthésie.

Educational organizations offering the program