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NOC 3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists

To apply under NOC-3214 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 medications
  • Operate, monitor, maintain and test a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment
  • Assess patients and perform or assist with interventions such as airway maintenance, line insertions, inductions and intubations
  • Perform artificial respiration and external cardiac massage
  • Assist with transport of high-risk patients
  • Supervise and train students and other respiratory therapists
  • Participate in home care programs for chronic respiratory patients and provide patient and family education
  • Participate in research related to cardiac and pulmonary disorders.

espiratory therapists may specialize in areas such as anaesthesia, critical care, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary diagnostics and respiratory home care.
Clinical perfusionists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assemble, maintain and operate extracorporeal circulation equipment, intra-aortic balloon pumps and other heart assist devices to support or temporarily replace patients’ cardiopulmonary functions during open-heart surgery
  • Administer blood products, drugs and other substances through heart-lung machines and other devices as directed by cardiac surgeons and anaesthetists to maintain adequate flow of oxygenated blood to all organs of the body
  • Monitor vital signs to support and maintain patients’ physiological functions and metabolic needs during cardiopulmonary surgery
  • Participate in routine maintenance, calibration and inspection of all perfusion related equipment
  • Supervise and train student clinical perfusionists and other clinical perfusionists.

Cardiopulmonary technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 patients and advise physician of any changes in patients’ condition
  • Prepare medications and administer inhaler and other treatments under supervision of cardiologist
  • Provide information and care for patients during tests
  • Assist with the preparation of cardiac catheterization room, prepare specialized catheters and assist cardiologists during catheterization
  • Perform analysis, programming and monitoring of implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators during surgery
  • Supervise and train students and other cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Provide technical support for research.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists. 

NOC 3214 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists: example titles.

  • cardiopulmonary technician
  • cardiopulmonary technologist
  • cardiovascular perfusion clinical instructor
  • cardiovascular perfusion instructor
  • cardiovascular perfusion supervisor
  • cardiovascular perfusion technologist
  • cardiovascular perfusionist
  • CCP (certified clinical perfusionist)
  • certified clinical perfusionist (CCP)
  • chief perfusionist
  • chief respiratory technologist
  • chief, respiratory therapy
  • clinical instructor, cardiovascular perfusion
  • clinical instructor, clinical perfusion
  • clinical instructor, respiratory therapy
  • clinical perfusion clinical instructor
  • clinical perfusion supervisor
  • clinical perfusionist
  • extracorporal circulation technologist
  • extracorporal technician
  • extracorporal technologist
  • inhalation technologist
  • instructor, cardiopulmonary technology
  • instructor, cardiovascular perfusion
  • oxygen therapy technician
  • perfusion technologist
  • perfusionist
  • perfusionist, cardiovascular
  • pulmonary function technologist
  • registered respiratory care practitioner
  • registered respiratory therapist (RRT)
  • respiratory care practitioner
  • respiratory technician
  • respiratory technologist
  • respiratory therapist
  • respiratory therapy chief
  • respiratory therapy clinical instructor
  • respiratory therapy supervisor
  • RRT (registered respiratory therapist)
  • supervisor, cardiopulmonary technology
  • supervisor, cardiovascular perfusion
  • supervisor, clinical perfusion
  • supervisor, respiratory therapy
  • technologist, anesthesia
  • technologist, cardiovascular perfusion
  • technologist, extracorporal circulation
  • technologist, inhalation
  • technologist, perfusion
  • technologist, pulmonary function
  • technologist, respiratory
  • therapist, respiratory

Employment Requirements

  • Respiratory therapists require the completion of a three-year college, hospital or university degree program in respiratory therapy, including clinical training.
  • Licensing is required for respiratory therapists in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.
  • Clinical perfusionists require the completion of a respiratory therapy or registered nursing program with a minimum of one year of work experience as a respiratory therapist or registered nurse and Completion of a college or university program in clinical perfusion, including clinical training.
  • Certification with the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion is required for clinical perfusionists.
  • Cardiopulmonary technologists require a two-year college diploma in an allied health discipline such as respiratory therapy, nursing diploma, or a university degree in a related science and Completion of a college post-diploma program in cardiovascular technology and additional training in pulmonary technology through courses or supervised on-the-job clinical training.
  • Registration with the Canadian Association of Cardio-pulmonary Technologists (CACPT) may be required.

Additional Information

  • Supervisory and instructor positions in this unit group require experience in their respective fields as a respiratory therapist, clinical perfusionist or cardiopulmonary technologist.


  • Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) (3219)
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (3237)


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