Clinical Physiologists Registration Board

Professional Development Outline - Respiratory Physiology

Respiratory Physiology

Entry to Practice

Entry to the position of Clinical Physiologist in Respiratory requires the applicant to hold a Bachelor degree in science with a major in physiology, or equivalent.

Core professional development

1.      Supervised professional development for the core pulmonary function diagnostic tests and interpretation of test results.

2.      Demonstration of core competence for respiratory physiology is through completion of the respiratory competency assessment for core pulmonary function testing and the Certified Respiratory Function Scientist (CRFS) certification examination through the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science.

Postgraduate academic development

1.      All respiratory physiologists are supported to complete postgraduate academic development through the graduate diploma in Medical Science specializing in respiratory sciences (through Charles Sturt University)* .

Further professional development

2.      Development of skills in advanced diagnostic pulmonary function testing where available; cardiopulmonary exercise testing; arterial blood gas sampling; single and multi-breath nitrogen washout; and interpretation of advanced diagnostic tests results.

3.      Master of Science (through Charles Sturt University)** .


*The graduate diploma in Medical Science (Charles Sturt University) is the course of choice at the time of writing. The CPRB accepts that there may be, from time to time, changes in the postgraduate academic development courses available to respiratory physiologists.

**The Master of Science (Charles Sturt University) is the course of choice at the time of writing. The CPRB accepts that there may be, from time to time, changes in the postgraduate academic development courses available to respiratory physiologists.


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