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, 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 role proficiency within both the critical care and community care environments. Clinical experiences will take place at our health care partners 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 anesthesia in the operating room. In the community, Respiratory Therapists bring their expertise to home care, asthma and COPD education, rehabilitation, education and medical equipment sales.
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.
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.
Length: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2013 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 42
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.
*Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
- 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.
- 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)
- Recommended: Grade 11 Chemistry, U level
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- English and/or mathematics testing may be required.
- It is recommended that Biology be completed within 5 years prior to the start date of the program.
- 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 course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- Twenty (20) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength. Please note: Beginning with the application cycle for fall 2014, post-secondary courses used in the calculation of academic strength will receive a bonus of ten (10) marks.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs may apply.
- The minimum academic strength requirement for acceptance was 98% in Fall 2012.
- Introductory word processing or keyboarding is recommended.
- To qualify for clinical/field 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 convictions) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector, 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
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
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 email@example.com
or visit the testing website.
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