About the Program
This three-year program is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist based on the National Competency Profile for Respiratory Therapy. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE). This fully integrated program provides a diverse learning environment that utilizes classroom education, laboratory sessions, high-fidelity simulation, e-learning, and early clinical exposure with continuous role modeling of the profession. It will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical thinking ability for proficiency within both the critical care and community care environments. Clinical experiences will take place at our health-care partner sites throughout southern Ontario.
Respiratory therapists specialize in the identification and treatment of various cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists are an integral part of the health-care team providing services such as ventilation and airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, oxygen and aerosol therapy, patient assessment and evaluation, assisting at high-risk births and assisting with anesthesia in the operating room. In the community, respiratory therapists bring their expertise to home care, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) education, rehabilitation, education and medical equipment sales.
Graduates of the program are required to write the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC) national registration exam in order to work in Ontario and other Canadian jurisdictions. In order to practice in Ontario as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), the graduate must become a member of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO). Other Canadian jurisdictions may have additional requirements.
Respiratory therapists must have the ability to work and practice sound decision making within stressful environments. Respiratory therapy is a field that is continually changing and requires ongoing engagement in reflective practice and lifelong learning.
Length: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 42
- This is an oversubscribed program.
- Applicants applying to oversubscribed programs beginning in September must apply by February 1 of the same year. Ontario residents will be considered first.
- Admission requirements may be met by completing a two-semester pre-health program (university stream) inclusive of physics.
- This program provides an accelerated completion in December of the third year as a result of the final year being offered May to December.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent or Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1395)
- Grade 11 or 12 Physics, C or U, or equivalent or Conestoga College Preparatory Physics (SCIE1020)
- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, C or U, or equivalent or Conestoga College Preparatory Chemistry (SCIE1030)
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology, C or U, or Conestoga College Preparatory Biology (SCIE1010)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- It is recommended that Biology be completed within 5 years prior to the start date of the program.
- Recommended: Grade 11 Chemistry, U level
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Introductory word processing or keyboarding is recommended.
- Practicum health and/or safety requirements must be completed in order for students to attend the practicum experience. This placement is mandatory for the completion of the program. Students who do not attend field/clinical placement will not be promoted to the next semester, which will ultimately result in non-completion of the program.
To qualify for field/clinical placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
- a clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), completed annually
- completed immunization records, which are to be maintained throughout the program
- Standard First Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) /AED (Automated External Defibrillator) HCP (Health Care Professional) certification; CPR is to be updated annually
- completed mask fit testing for infection control and for self-contained breathing apparatus as required
- Criminal Screening: To be eligible for practicum, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record may result in the inability to participate in field placement/clinical and will jeopardize progress in the program.
Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of placement start date.
Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
Offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada:
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards
Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of practice settings including hospital intensive care units, neonatal nurseries, emergency departments and operating rooms as well as in community care settings.
93% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $60,652.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
For more information on the PLAR process, please contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- Recognize the role of the Respiratory Therapist and participate as a member of an interprofessional team.
- Exhibit professional behaviour with patients, families, colleagues and health care professionals.
- Communicate professionally in writing, verbally and non-verbally with patients, families, colleagues and the interprofessional health care team.
- Utilize reflective practice and use critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision making to ensure quality patient care.
- Implement preventative measures associated with asepsis, health, welfare and safety.
- Conduct complete patient assessments in acute and chronic care environments.
- Assess the indications for and demonstrate competency for a range of diagnostic procedures within a Respiratory Therapist's scope of practice, including the procurement of blood samples from various sites , pulmonary diagnostic testing, cardiac diagnostic testing, and hemodynamic monitoring .
- Assess the indications for and demonstrate basic respiratory care procedures.
- Assess the indications for and demonstrate various airway management techniques.
- Optimize pulmonary ventilation on acute and chronic care patients by demonstrating proficiency in assessing the indications for and applying medical gas therapy for specific patient needs.
- Demonstrate the ability to assist anesthesia within a variety of patient care settings.
- Assist in maintaining cardiopulmonary stability of patients.
- Assess the indications for and demonstrate safe administration of pharmaceutical substances for specific applications.
- Manage intra hospital and inter hospital patient transport.
- Provide consultation concerning patient care to colleagues and health care team members for respect and mutual benefit to ensure quality of care.
- Educate patients, families, colleagues and other health care professionals concerning respiratory care.
- Integrate principles of research to discover and promote evidence based practice.
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form
. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.