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Respiratory Therapist


Breathing normally is something everyone takes for granted. No wonder respiratory therapists are like a breath of fresh air. You work closely with doctors, assessing, planning and integrating pulmonary care for patients suffering from a variety of conditions ranging from asthma to lung cancer. Thanks to you, patients with respiratory disorders can breathe a sigh of relief.

Some of the intervention and therapeutic methods you will use include administering oxygen therapy, management of mechanical ventilators, monitoring of cardiopulmonary systems and measuring the lung functions of your patients.

Areas of practice:
  • Asthma management

  • Intensive care

  • Neonatal and paediatric intensive care

  • Sleep disorders management

  • Bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy

Institutes for training:
  • Recognised overseas institutions (USA and Canada)

Study duration:
  • Four to five years

More information:

Contact the Association of Respiratory Therapists (Singapore) if you wish to find out more.


The allied health practitioner may not be able to conduct the full range of services and activities listed above, as the scope of practice depends on the level of training, experience and competence attained. The onus is on the employer and the practitioner to ensure that all services and activities are conducted within the scope of competence of the respective practitioner.