Rady Faculty of Health Sciences - College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Respiratory Therapy

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Respiratory Therapy program page.

B.R.T. Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy

First Year Courses Credit Hours
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3

BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes and

BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions or both

BIOL 1000 Foundations of Life and
BIOL 1010 Biological Diversity and Interactions 
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology or 
SOC 1200 Introduction to Sociology
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 3
W course 3-6
Electives 6-3
Total Credit Hours 24



  • If balancing admission to Respiratory Therapy with other programs, note that Respiratory Therapy requires all 24 credit hours of the courses listed in the chart.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list. Consider taking HEAL 1600 Health and Health Professions as an elective.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable. 


Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours of specific coursework. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis; however, priority is given to full-time students [24 credit hours over one Regular Session (September - April)].

All admission requirements must be met by the end of April in the year of application.

W Requirement: Required for admission.
M Requirement: Required for admission, and will be met by STAT 1000 (M).
Minimum GPA: 3.0 with no grade less than 'B' in required courses for students who complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in two consecutive terms. Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours in two consecutive terms, but have completed 24 credit hours in total, must have a GPA of 3.5 with no grade less than 'B+' in the required courses. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for details. Admission is competitive - a higher than minimum GPA is often required and varies each year depending on the applicant pool.
Additional Requirements:


Basic CPR Certification for Health Care Providers (through Heart and Stroke Foundation) is required prior to admission.

A Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Registry Check, and Adult Abuse Registry Check are required and must be submitted prior to the start of classes in September.

Selection Criteria:

A combination of grades (67%) and interview (33%). In previous years, Manitoba residents have filled all available admission seats and are given priority for selection. Eligible applicants will be considered in the following priority:

  1. Manitoba Residents.
  2. Canadians who reside in other provinces or territories.
  3. International applicants.

Applicants may be considered for admission under different categories. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.

Canadian Indigenous applicants who meet all admission requirements may be given special consideration. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for details.


  • Math 40S minimum 50% required (Pre-Calculus or Applied Math recommended).
  • If taking BIOL 1020, Biology 40S, and one of Chemistry 40S or Physics 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, English 40S, and Physics 30S and/or 40S recommended.


  • 4 years (136 credit hours)


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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide