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Respiratory Therapy

2020/21 | Conestoga College

Program Code: 1166
School of Health & Life Sciences

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

COVID-19 and 2020-21 Program Delivery

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga academic plans and decisions will continue to evolve to reflect the advice of public health authorities. Most college services and many programs will be delivered remotely during the year. Please consult the COVID-19 Information page for the most up-to-date information on college protocols.

Expectations regarding course delivery, participation, and assessments will be communicated by your faculty member at the start of the semester and included in the instructional plan.

Program technology requirements are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access. 

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.

Welcome

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Welcome to the School of Health & Life Sciences

Your Bridge to Practice - what does that mean for you:

  • The opportunity to become the professional you aspire to be.
  • The opportunity to learn in specialized settings with real-life scenarios.
  • The opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in a unique inter-professional environment.
  • The opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art learning facilities, social and study spaces in the Cowan Health Sciences Centre, including:
    • The Motz Pre-Hospital Lab;
    • The Cross Centre for Simulation Learning;
    • The Emergency Service Bays in the Regional of Waterloo Paramedic Services Station;
    • The Steffra Assisted Living Suite;
    • The Schlegel Agora, and;
    • The Simulation Centres in the Living Classrooms.
  • The opportunity to become a "preferred graduate", sought after by your future employers.

Top 5 Expectations of You

1. Use MyConestoga to connect to:

  • Your Conestoga Email: (e.g. John Smith, Student Number 1234567, jsmith4567@conestogac.on.ca): This is the official communication channel for everything related to your academic requirements. Communication with faculty and staff is required to happen through your Conestoga email account. Check MyConestoga regularly and respond as requested.
  • eConestoga: This is your resource for all course-based program activity and information, as well as course-based communication with the faculty.
  • Student Portal: You will find your final grade information, college tuition invoices, class schedules and absence reporting on this portal.
  • Placement Health Requirements: This service provides you with the requirements to enter into practice settings.

2. Know and plan around your academic schedule

  • See the Orientation Checklist prior to starting your program.
  • Course Schedule: This is a timetable of all your classes for each semester.
  • The Academic Year Critical Dates: Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop and withdrawal, are located on the college website. Programs with exams outside this time will be notified individually.

3. Be the professional you wish to become:

  • Act respectfully and professionally at all times, as these behaviours are the key to your learning experiences.
  • Present in professional dress and conduct: See the Professional Conduct section for professionalism expectations for your program. The college's Student Guide provides you with the Student Rights and Responsibilities at Conestoga.
  • Pre-WIL Health Requirements: Pay attention to the deadlines listed on your documents. Complete the tasks as required; as without these, you will not be able to progress to your work-integrated learning (WIL) and program completion will be in jeopardy. 
  • Social Media: Use responsibly and respectfully. See Standards of Conduct section of the Handbook.

4. Attend classes and labs to enhance your success:

  • Attendance Expectations: Attendance for class, labs and placement/WIL are in place to support your learning and experiences as a future professional. See Attendance and Student Success Strategies section in the Handbook.
  • Absence from Evaluations: Must be reported in the Student Portal before your scheduled evaluation time. See Attendance for Evaluation section in the Handbook.
  • Request for Accommodation for Religious Holidays: Request must be submitted to your Program Coordinator as per course schedule. See Religious Holidays sections in the Handbook.

5. Take responsibility for your academic status:

  • Student Records: For any questions concerning your student record, academic status and/or program withdrawals, please contact your Program Coordinator.
  • Fee Payments: Payment is required to attend classes. Check your Student Portal for invoices.
  • Credit Transfer/Exemptions: Conestoga supports the transferability of academic credits between programs and educational institutions through recognized transfer pathways, articulation agreements and course-to-course equivalences. Please refer to the Student Guide for more information.
  • Student Forms: To access forms, please go to the Student Forms page.
  • Academic Policies and Procedures: Are found under Policies and Procedures. Please review the Rights and Responsibilities website. 
  • Student Affairs Policies and Procedures: Are found on the Student Affairs page.

Top 5 Resources for You

1. Your teaching team 

  • Contact Information: Is posted on eConestoga and in your Handbook (Relationships section).
  • Appointments: Book appointments (in-person, phone, email) to ensure resources are available.
  • Email Inquiries: Will be answered within two business days.
  • Urgent help: Program Assistants are available to help you reach a member of the teaching team (contact information in Relationships section of the Handbook).

2. Counselling and services

  • College Counselling: Professional counsellors can help you achieve your educational goals, and provide support related to stress management, anxiety, depression, transition issues, family issues, and other concerns. Counselling is free, voluntary and confidential.  To make an appointment, see the Counselling services website.
  • Good2Talk: A confidential 24-hour phone line for stresses, big and small (1-866-925-5454).
  • Conestoga Security: Provides safety and security services. See to the Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security Services and procedures.
  • Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services  provides you with options to finance your post-secondary education. Students in need of emergency financial assistance, see the link for more information. 
  • CSI Food Bank: The CSI Food Bank is an emergency food relief program for Conestoga students. Please follow this link.
  • Health Services: These services include a family doctor and a nurse. Please follow this link.
  • Facility Information: See the Student Guide for information on after-hours parking, classroom and computer labs.

3. Accessibility services

  • Students with Documented Disabilities are encouraged to book an appointment with Accessibility Services to access accommodations. Disability-related documentation will be required to book an appointment. See the Accessibility Services webpage for more information.
  • Adaptive Technology Aids and Special Facilities: Adaptive Aids are arranged through Accessibility Services. Accessible washrooms are located throughout the campus. Contact the Adaptive Technology Lab for more information on adaptive technology aids. 

4. Student study spaces and general supports

Cowan Health Sciences Centre

  • Student Lounge Space on each floor. Outlets and charging stations are located throughout these areas.
  • Student Meeting Room Space:  For more information on availability, please connect with the Interprofessional Resources Office (2F16).
  • Access to computers, photocopier and printers: on the 1st Floor—in the student lounge area , or on the 2nd Floor—at the Customer Service Desk and kiosk area.
  • Open Access Lab, 2nd Floor, 2F18: available on a come and go basis for students in health and pre-health programs. Book with an Open Access Staff. 
  • Tech Bar: Drop by the Tech Bar for one-on-one assistance. Information can be found on the Library Services website.  

5. Services for students

  • ONE Card: This is your official identification card designed to access all on-campus services. See the eligibility on this website
  • Library Resource Centre: Located on 2nd Floor B Wing. Visit the Library Resource Centre for more information.
  • International Education Office: Visit the International Education Office for services available to you.
  • Learning Commons: Academic services and resources, including resources for math, writing, peer tutors and resources for APA. See the website or access through MyConestoga.
  • Student Engagement: Get involved and see the Student Engagement page or connect to MyConestoga for your Co-Curricular Record.
  • Student Financial Services: Your resource to apply for student awards, bursaries, and scholarships. If you are in a financial crisis, please see the Emergency Assistance website for more information. 
  • Bookstore: Your location to buy books, clothing and general supplies (A-wing). At this time, all of our campus stores will be closed and our bookstore will be fully online for the Fall 2020 semester. Our service to students remains uninterrupted as we are fulfilling orders for students Monday to Friday. Shipping for physical items is free within Canada with a minimum $10 spend. See this link for more information. 
  • Co-op and Career Advising: Your resource for Co-op placements , summer jobs or future careers. See the Co-op and Career Services site for more information.
  • Lockers are available with your tuition. See this link to find more information.
  • Covid-19 Information and updates are available on Conestoga's website.
  • Information Technology: Provides supports and general assistance with college-related needs such as Email, Network accounts, connectivity and wireless printing. See the Web IT Service Desk for more information.


Letter to Students

Dear Respiratory Therapy Student:

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Respiratory Therapy program.

This handbook has been prepared to provide information about academic standards, guidelines and processes specific to the Respiratory Therapy Program. Reading, understanding and following the information in this handbook is an important first step in your success in this program and your chosen profession. The handbook has been compiled with careful consideration for your personal and professional growth during your three years at the college. If you do not understand any of the information in this handbook, please ask the Coordinator for an explanation.

Given the current pandemic situation, some processes and procedures in the program may be amended (e.g., Entry/exiting the building, physical distancing, the use of personal protective equipment PPE, course delivery and evaluation methods). Because the situation can change rapidly, the latest information will be disseminated to you closer to the start of the semester. If subsequent changes need to occur during the semester, they will be communicated to you through eConestoga and / or the College Website.

Use the Table of Contents in this handbook as your guide and reference as you proceed through the program. The Respiratory Therapy Program faculty will refer to the handbook often, but the responsibility for knowing the program standards is ultimately yours.

In addition to the Respiratory Therapy Program Standards Handbook, the Conestoga College Student Guide outlines important policies and procedures for you to follow. The Respiratory Therapy Program Standards Handbook is a supplement to, but not a replacement for, the Conestoga College Student Guide.

We are here to help you have a successful three years. Should you experience difficulty or need assistance in any area of your studies, please come and speak with us, and we will work with you to help you reach your career goal of becoming a Respiratory Therapist.

All the very best to you in your studies.

Sincerely,

Paul Finch, Chair, Health Sciences
Pam Hall, Respiratory Therapy Coordinator

RT Program Faculty

Program Overview

Program Description

This three-year program is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist based on the National Competency Framework for Respiratory Therapy. The program is fully accredited by Accreditation Canada. This fully integrated program provides a diverse learning environment that utilizes classroom education, laboratory sessions, clinically immersive simulation, e-learning, and early clinical exposure. It will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and clinical reasoning ability required for proficiency within both the critical-care and community-care environments. Clinical experiences will take place at our health-care partner sites, including hospitals and home health care agencies.

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 credentialing exam in order to work in Ontario and other Canadian jurisdictions. The cost of this exam is currently $899 plus HST. 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.

Program Philosophy

The fundamental responsibility of a student in health sciences is to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be a competent caregiver upon graduation. As a student is preparing to become a health care professional, it is imperative that their behaviours and attitudes reflect the professional, ethical standards that are embraced by their chosen profession. We believe that a value system incorporating high moral and ethical integrity is of vital importance.

It is expected that all respiratory therapy students, faculty, and administration will function within the Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice for the Respiratory Therapy Program at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy (RT) program our graduates will:

  1. Provide cardio-respiratory care in compliance with relevant legislation, professional standards, codes of ethics and practice setting policies and procedures.
  2. Use preventive measures that contribute to a culture of patient and employee health and safety within a range of practice settings.
  3. Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and communicate in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse patients/clients and their families to support cardio-respiratory health.
  4. Collaborate with patients/clients and members of the inter-professional health care team to optimize cardio-respiratory health and well-being.
  5. Assess and interpret relevant diagnostic and patient information when treating patients/clients who are experiencing a range of cardio-respiratory conditions.
  6. Develop patient's/client's plan of care in collaboration with patients/clients and health care team members by identifying priorities, establishing goals and determining interventions to support optimal cardio-respiratory outcomes.
  7. Select, implement, evaluate and modify therapeutic cardio-respiratory interventions to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care in a range of practice settings
  8. Develop, implement and evaluate cardio-respiratory related learning plans in collaboration with patients/clients, families and health care team members to support client independence and self-management
  9. Complete written and electronic documentation of patient/client care to meet legal, organizational and professional requirements
  10. Read, interpret and participate in research and use relevant evidence-based findings to inform and guide respiratory therapy practice
  11. Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development activities to maintain and enhance competence in the field of respiratory therapy.

Program Design– 2020/2021

Level
Course Code/Version
Course Name
Hours
1
CONO101
Conestoga 101
1
1 COMM1085 College Reading and Writing 42
1 RTH1200 (100) Anatomy And Physiology 42
1 RTH1010 (103) Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology 42
1 RTH1015 (102) Field Studies I 28
1 RTH1020 (103) Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology 42
1 RTH1035 (101) Applied Science 28
1 OHS1320 (101) Safety in the Workplace 14
1 RTH1055 (102) General Therapeutics 56
1 Elective: General Education 42
    Total Hours for this level: 337
2 RTH1085 (100) Introductory Pathophysiology 28
2 RTH1095 (101) Patient Care Procedures 56
2 RTH1105 (101) Patient Evaluation 56
2 RTH1115 (100) Ventilators I 70
2 RTH1135 (103) Field Studies II 28
2 RTH1155 (100) Professional Practice and Community Populations 56
2 Elective: General Education 42
    Total Hours for this level: 336
3 RTH2000 (103) Pharmacology 42
3 RTH2035 (100) Advanced Practice 28
3 RTH2040 (104) Ventilators 2 70
3 RTH2070 (103) Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 42
3 RTH2125 (102) Blood Analysis and Diagnostics 42
3 RTH2155 (102) Cardiodiagnostics 42
3 RTH2165 (102) Airway Interventions 42
    Total Hours for this level: 308
4 RTH2055 (101) Pulmonary Diagnostics 42
4 RTH2080 (103) Advanced Pathophysiology 42
4 RTH2105 (100) Respiratory Care Clinical Simulation 70
4 RTH2115 (100) Anesthesia 56
4 RTH2140 (104) Ventilators 3 70
4   Elective: General Education (Minimum of 42 hours) 42
    Total Hours for this level: 322
5 FPLT2030 (100) Field Placement (Respiratory Therapy) 960
5 FPLT2040 (100) Field Placement II (Respiratory Therapy) 240
5 RTH2190 (100) Practice Consolidation I 30
    Total Credit Hours for this level: 1230
6 RTH2200 (100) Practice Consolidation II 30
    Total Credit Hours for this level: 30

Program Design for your Cohort

Students can find their program design on the student Portal by following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Student Portal
  2. Click on 'My Courses' tab
  3. Select 'View Progress Report' button

Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the School of Health & Life Sciences website. To find these courses, students need to scroll to the 'Program Courses' section.

Pathways and Further Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credentials. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga program and partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities.

There are several different opportunities available to students who wish to continue studying at Conestoga. Whether you wish to transfer to another program or apply to a new program after graduation, Conestoga has established pathways to help you meet your goals. Conestoga Pathways information is available on Conestoga's website.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of practice settings including hospital intensive care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal), emergency departments and operating rooms, as well as in outpatient clinics and community care settings.

95% of 2019 graduates found employment within six months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $64,500.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website.

Relationships

Communication and Contact Information

The Program Faculty members are here to support you in acquiring an excellent education, a broad skillset, and the confidence to move out into the workforce upon completion of the program. Ultimately, your success in this program rests on you; however, your faculty are committed to doing their best in supporting you throughout your studies.

To ensure your success in the program, it is important you become familiar with those who are here to support and help you. If you have any day-to-day questions about your program, courses or schoolwork, please contact your Faculty, Program Coordinator, or Chair.

Contacting Program Faculty members
When contacting program staff (via email or by phone) outside of class time, your message should include the following information:
  • First and last name, student ID #
  • Course and semester or level
  • Brief description of reason for contact
  • Telephone number where you can be reached
Student Email

All students are supplied with a Conestoga e-mail address. Communications from program team members will be via your Conestoga e-mail address or posted on Conestoga's on-line Learning Management System – eConestoga. Official Conestoga communication via e-mail will use only your Conestoga e-mail address. Use only your Conestoga e-mail address when communicating with program team members. Students are expected to check their Conestoga e-mail regularly. You can forward emails from here to a personal email address for notification, but you must respond using your Conestoga email address.

If you are having problems accessing your Conestoga e-mail contact the Information Technology (IT) department at 519-748-5220 ext. 3444 as soon as possible. Students are accountable for ensuring a functioning e-mail account.

Program Faculty Member Availability
Students are encouraged to connect with individual Program Faculty members to discuss course work, assignments, or other matters related to their success at Conestoga. At the beginning of your program, a faculty member will explain how you can contact them outside of class time. 

Procedures for Meeting with Program Faculty Members

To schedule a meeting with Program Faculty members please contact the individual by email. Meetings may be held virtually or by telephone.

Contact Information

Pam Hall
Program Coordinator
phall@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220, ext. 3955

Paul Finch
Chair, Health Sciences
pfinch@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220, ext. 2395

Samantha Rominger
Program Assistant 
sernestrominger@conestogac.on.ca 
(519) 748-5220, ext. 2454

Gino DePinto
Faculty
gdepinto@conestogac.on.ca
(519) 748-5220, ext. 3962

Tim Lepage
Faculty
tlepage@conestoga.on.ca 
(519) 748-5220, ext. 3956

Jennifer Barton
Clinical Comptency Attainment Specialist 
jbarton@conestogac.on.ca 
(519) 748-5220, ext. 3154

Faculty Offices

Faculty offices are located in the main building (4B area) and students are welcome to see individual Faculty to discuss course work, assignments, or any other issues. During the first several days during the start of the semester Faculty will explain how you can contact them outside of class time. Individual Faculty timetables may be posted. As Faculty have diverse teaching schedules, it is best to make an appointment to ensure that the instructor is available. Faculty members will endeavour to reply to email messages within 48 business hours.

Telephones for internal use are located outside the entry to Faculty workspaces. Beside this phone will be a Faculty directory with extension numbers only. If you have an appointment with a Faculty member, please call to confirm that you have arrived. Please do not enter until you have confirmation that the Faculty member is available to meet with you. If you do not have an appointment, please call the person you wish to meet with to confirm that they are present and can see you. If you do not reach them, please leave a message. In an interest of respecting the work environment for everyone in this area, please do not wander into Faculty workspaces looking for them.

Student Engagement

Student Concern or Issues

If any concerns or issues arise during your learning experience, or main goal is to collaborate with students, faculty and staff to resolve situations or concerns quickly and improve and optimize our processes.

Problem-solving strategy:

1. When a situation of concern arises, inform those involved in timely manner.

2. Please see the Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy in the Student Guide for further details on informal and formal procedures for the resolution of concerns and issues.

3. Issues and concerns related to a placement site, or its employees should first be brought to the attention of the Conestoga Field Placement Supervisor or Program Coordinator, subject to the additional procedures outlined in the sections on "Professionalism" and "Concerns Regarding Safety or Care/Service for Clients during a Field Placement" of your handbook. 

Student Representation

Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and Conestoga College agree that a student has the right to invite a member of CSI to a student/faculty meeting, provided that 24 hours advance notice is given to faculty. This advance notice will ensure that all parties will have an opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting.

PAC (Program Advisory Committee)

Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which consists of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. The PAC meets several times a year to discuss the future priorities of  that industry and any adjustments that can be made to keep the college program.

At the beginning of each academic year, the Program Coordinator will invite students to volunteer on the PAC. Student attendees are important members of the PAC and are expected to be present at the meetings, and prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Coordinator.

Students who participate in PACs will receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Your CCR is an official document, complementary to your academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning that you have achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at Conestoga College.

WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative)

Conestoga College offers many unique and exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth. Conestoga hosts exciting extra-curricular opportunities that add to the culture of the college. WIHSC (Waterloo Interprofessional Health & Community Student Collaborative) is one such group whose members strive to 'learn with, from, and about' each other.

Membership is comprised of students enrolled in health, community, and social sciences programs. Some of the most popular initiatives that this group regularly engages in are interactive simulation exercises, peer-mentoring, guest speakers, paper case studies and monthly meetings. To find out more about this opportunity, please visit the WIHSC website. 

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:

Key Performance Indicators

All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). This KPI Student Satisfaction survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.

Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)

The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT forms give teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.

The SAT process has two components: Quick-SAT and Full-SAT. The Quick-SAT is 5 questions, occurs during week 5 of classes and provides early feedback to faculty about the student experience within their classroom. The Full-SAT is 44 questions and occurs late in the semester; a summary of the results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term. All full-time faculty have a SAT review at least once every two years. Part-time faculty may be reviewed more frequently. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form during their Continuing Education course.

Class Cancellations

Class cancellations due to faculty absence

Class cancellations due to faculty absences will be posted on the Student Portal.

Faculty may also post any absences on eConestoga

Class cancellations due to inclement weather

College closure due to inclement weather will be announced on local radio stations and posted on the College's website. A message will be recorded on the campus phone line after office hours.

Personal notifications of class cancellations

Students have the option of receiving special emails or SMS text messages notifying them of class cancellations due to faculty absences. To receive these notifications, students must subscribe to this service. See the Student Portal, and select notifications. 

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

Program Standards for Professional Practice

The Respiratory Therapy Program provides both academic study and practical training to prepare students for careers working in the health care field. Throughout the program, students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to apply themselves to their learning. Professionals function in an independent and interdependent environment. The fundamental responsibility of you as a student is to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be a competent Registered Respiratory Therapist upon graduation. As students preparing to become professionals, it is imperative that behaviours and attitudes reflect standards that are endorsed by Conestoga College and your chosen profession. As a Conestoga College Respiratory Therapy student, there are three areas of conduct you are expected to follow; Academic Conduct, Professional Conduct, and Social/Behavioural Conduct.

As a student of Conestoga College you are a member of the College community and as such you have received a Conestoga Student Guide that includes Student Rights and Student Responsibilities. It is essential that you review this section and familiarize yourself with these responsibilities. It is expected that your conduct as a student will be reflective of the responsibilities listed. If you have any questions regarding any of them, please contact your Program Coordinator.

As a Respiratory Therapy student you are preparing yourself to enter a profession that has a professional designation (College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario) with Standards of Practice that guide behaviours for all professionals within this field. It is the expectation of all students, Faculty, and administration of Conestoga College that we, as practitioners, will incorporate and function within the guidelines of these professional standards of ethical practice.

Academic Offences and Plagiarism

Academic honesty is expected and required of all Conestoga students. It is critical that you familiarize yourself with the Academic Offences Policy found in the Conestoga Student Guide. The Academic Offences Policy provides a detailed description of the following:

  • Scope of academic integrity,
  • What academic integrity means,
  • What types of behaviours constitute a breach of academic integrity, and
  • The penalties associated with breaching academic integrity.

Please speak with a faculty member or your Program Coordinator if you have any further questions after reviewing the policy. Please note that maintaining academic integrity is very essential, and that it is your responsibility to know the Academic Offences Policy.

Below are a few examples to help you avoid breaching academic integrity.

  • Make sure you recognize information that requires referencing.
  • Whenever you refer to material from another source, whether book, journal article, video, newspaper, or electronic publications, you must acknowledge your source using proper citations and references. See the Conestoga Learning Commons website for assistance with formatting and referencing.
  • If you work collaboratively with others on an assignment, make sure you do not copy words or ideas from others intentionally or by accident.
  • Read the Academic Offences Policy located in the Conestoga Student Guide, and that you fully understand it. The policy describes additional behaviours that represent a breach of academic integrity.
  • If you require more information, see the Academic Integrity website

Copyright – What you need to know

Photocopying and scanning at Conestoga College are governed by the Copyright Act, an agreement with Access Copyright, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges' Fair Dealing Policy.

Under the terms of Conestoga's Access Copyright, you can photocopy or scan the following:

  • Up to 10% of most published works.
  • One chapter that is greater than 10%, but no more than 20% of the book.
  • One article, short story, play, poem or essay from a book, magazine or journal issue containing other works.
  • One newspaper article or page.
  • One entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, annotated bibliography or similar reference work.
  • One drawing, sculpture, painting, print, architectural work of art or work of artistic craftsmanship from a larger volume containing other works.

Cumulative Copying

Cumulative copying consists of copy more than 10% over time. This is not allowed. The copy limits apply to an entire academic year, so once you reach the limit for an item, you can not copy from this source anymore until the next academic year.

You cannot copy or scan the following:

  • Workbooks or study guides that are intended for one-time use.
  • Instruction manuals.
  • Sheet music and original artistic works including photographs or prints.
  • Advertisements.
  • Business cases.
  • Full textbooks.
  • Any of the items on the Access Copyright Exclusions list.

You can find this information and more on the Copyright for Students web page.

Safe Practice

Safe practice is a hallmark of professional practice. It is an expectation of everyone who aims to become a professional.

There are a number of policies and procedures associated with practical training in your program that have been developed to ensure your safety and the safety (physical and emotional) of those around you. These policies will be reviewed during your program.

The following basic procedures are outlined for your attention:

  1. Your personal safety begins with the use of professional attire and foot wear, and with your attention to the health and safety expectations that may be identified throughout the college. 
  2. Help us create a safe and pleasant environment by wiping up spills, ensuring lap top cords do not snake across walking areas, and by reporting equipment or facility problems when you notice these.
  3. Specific dress codes, personal protective equipment and specific codes of behavioral conduct may apply to certain programs; Failure to follow these may result in your inability to participate in a lab, class or experiential learning activity.  
  4. Safe work practices are to be followed during all training. Follow the direction of your instructors. If you have a placement, your instructor will ensure that you are aware of safe practices and safety precautions and procedures. This includes problem-solving by the instructor and Program Coordinator with the college's Occupational Health & Safety Department as required.
  5. All safety-related accidents, incidents, and near misses must be reported to the Instructor-in-Charge immediately.

Student Protection Acknowledgment

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Credential Procedure 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Offences Policy & Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Rights and Responsibilites Policy & Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

Conestoga 101

The Student Engagement Department is here to help you transition to the Conestoga College experience, connect with your community, and build your skills.
Start your college experience by completing Conestoga 101 (CON0101) on eConestoga, a mandatory course for all new full-time students that will take you approximately one hour to complete. CON0101 provides an overview of the supports, services, and opportunities available to you throughout your time at Conestoga. Make sure you complete it early on in the term, as it contains valuable information that will help you transition to Conestoga.

Professional Conduct - Use of technology

To support a respectful learning environment both in the classroom and in field placements, the use technology for social networking can only occur during break times, before and after class, and during formal break time in field placement.

Social Media Policy

  • As a student and future professional, it is essential to maintain your professional boundaries in all communication, including social media.

According to the Ontario College of Teachers (2011), "Electronic messages are not anonymous. They can be tracked, misdirected, manipulated and live forever on the internet." The same organization also indicates "Online identities and actions are visible to the public and can result in serious repercussions or embarrassment.

  • Assume information you post or send can be accessed or altered by anyone.
  • Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on you, your school, or your profession.
  • Avoid online criticism of other students, colleagues, faculty or field placements.
  • Avoid impulsive, inappropriate or heated comments.
  • Pictures should not be taken, posted to social media sites or shared without the expressed permission of all individuals involved.
  • Make sure your on-line name and email reflect professionalism.
  • Maintain privacy of all care and service activities when in practical work experiences.
  • Do not take or post any pictures while on placement or involved in lab activities.
  • Maintain client-provider relationships and boundaries. The addition of a client to a 'friendship" status online is unacceptable.

Ontario College of Teachers. (2011). Professional Advisory-Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media. Retrieved May 12, 2015, from https://www.oct.ca/resources/advisories/use-of-electronic-communication-and-social-media

Cell Phone Policy

Students should respect their instructors, faculty and staff by not using their cell phones for personal use during class time.

Students can not bring their cell phone or technology device(s) into a test or examination, unless required for the examination and approved by the faculty. 

In the event of an urgent need to keep your cell phone with you during a test, please speak to your faculty as soon as you enter the examination room. 

Cowan Health Sciences Centre

Clinical Lab Dress Code

The Clinical Lab areas of the Cowan Health Sciences Centre (CHSC) include clinical bed labs, the Cross Centre for Simulation Learning and the Open Access Lab. In order to maintain these as safe professional spaces, appropriate dress must be worn. The purpose of this dress code is to ensure the safety of the student, Faculty and staff and also to prepare them for the clinical environment. The dress code is designed to comply with infection control procedures, workplace health and safety considerations and professional safety. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be a requirement for the 2020-2021 school year. More information regarding specific requirements will be forthcoming and communicated by Conestoga College and the Respiratory Therapy Program.

All lab areas are covered by this policy for all programs in the School of Health & Life Sciences. Non-compliance with this dress code will result in the person being asked to leave the lab area. (If during scheduled lab time, this may result in a missed lab.)

Dress Requirements

  • Lab coat, scrubs or clinical dress as set forth by the program (should be neat and clean). 

    Note: the Cross Centre for Simulation Learning requires full clinical uniform to be worn. i.e. Family of Nursing/RT: scrubs, Paramedic/Pre-Service Fire: uniform
  • Closed toe, closed heel shoes.
  • Hair tied back, if hair is long, then it must be up.
  • No rings, necklaces or dangling earrings.
  • A pair of studs may be worn; one in each ear.
  • A plain wedding band may be worn.
  • Nails should be kept neat and short; artificial nails and nail polish are not allowed.
  • No hats to be worn (exceptions related to the Human Rights Code).
  • No denim or sweat pants.
  • Nametags must be worn.
  • Scented products (perfume, scented aftershave, hair products) must not be worn.
  • Personal hygiene products such as deodorant should be used but unscented.
  • No gum chewing is permitted in clinical, lab or community settings.

Requests for accommodations of this policy (e.g. for religious or disability reasons) will be considered within the framework of the Conestoga College Policy or Human Rights.

Faculty and/or Clinical Preceptors reserve the right to ask students who do not conform to the uniform policy to leave the clinical, community or lab setting. Time missed must then be made up by the student. Please be reminded that the labs are a clinical setting and, as such, the requirement for proper hand washing/hygiene is in effect.

Clinical Lab Areas: 1F26, 2F06, 2F10, 3F32, 3F35,3F36, 3F38, 3F40, 3F45, 3F46

Open Access Lab: 2F18

 Cross Centre for Simulation Learning: 2F30, 2F50, 2F34, 2F46

Guidelines for student use of the Respiratory Care Lab

  • Students are not allowed in the Respiratory Therapy lab at any time without a faculty member present who is familiar with the use of the gas system.
  • All students will receive fire and cylinder safety training during the lab orientation session.
  • New faculty or faculty who are not familiar with the gas system will also receive safety training before using the lab.
  • Food and drink is not allowed in the lab.
  • All coats/ hats and backpacks should be kept in student lockers and not be brought to the lab.
  • All students must abide by the uniform policy when in any health science lab environment.
  • All users will maintain the environment in a safe, clean and tidy manner.
  • Handle all equipment carefully.
  • Students will be responsible for cleaning and tidying up.

Fire Safety

  • Smoking and open flame are prohibited in the lab at all times.
  • In case of fire, the faculty member in the lab is responsible for turning off all gas sources, ensuring the nearest pull station has been activated and that everyone evacuates the lab.
  • Faculty and students should know the location of the fire extinguisher but only use it to fight a fire if they are trained, it is safe to do so (e.g. fire is small and escape route is clear), and the fire alarm has been activated. 

Procedure for Booking Open Access Space during Regular Hours, After-Hours and over the Weekend

  • Please refer to the booking procedure posted in the School Shell.

Attendance and Student Success Strategies

 

Religious Holidays

Students are permitted by Conestoga policy to be absent from class to observe a recognized religious holiday. Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in an examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of religious beliefs will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed or complete alternate work/examinations subject to timely notification.

Conestoga recognizes all religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Plan ahead and be aware of the dates of all examinations and other course obligations;
  • Advise the faculty member that you will be seeking accommodation to observe a recognized religious holiday. You will also make a request in writing to your Program Coordinator within the first three weeks of the semester and prior to the date of assessment that falls on the religious holiday. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Program Chair.

 

Test Procedures

  • Once a test begins, students may not leave the test room for 30 minutes. If they finish a test before that time, they may review their answers but are expected to sit QUIETLY and not disturb others. Once students leave the room they may only re-enter when invited back by Faculty.
  • Any student found cheating during the course of an examination/test will be addressed according to procedures found in Conestoga Student Guide.
  • Faculty is responsible to advise as to the material permitted in the testing room. Personal items and learning materials will be left in an area identified by the Faculty.
  • Faculty will advise as to the seating arrangements of students.
  • During open book tests, students must bring their own course materials (books, notes, Learning Packages etc.) for individual use only. Students may not share any of these materials. Electronic devices, such as, iPod, text messaging, cell phones, translators, will not be permitted.
  • Late arrivals will be permitted to write the test in the remaining allowed time only if no students have left the examination room. 

Importance of Test and Presentation Dates

Test and assignment dates are scheduled at the beginning of each semester. Unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program, or the faculty may require changes to the course schedule. If this occurs, students will be notified.

Students are required to write all tests during the scheduled in-class test times. Students who make personal commitments that conflict with meeting test and assignment deadlines do so at their own risk. There will be no special arrangements made for students with personal conflicts (e.g. work, family commitments or vacation plans). Students who wish to reschedule a test or presentation because of a religious holiday are required to discuss the situation with faculty at the beginning of the semester.

Academic accommodations are provided to students with documented disabilities through the Accessibility Services Office.

Assignment Policies

The expectation of Health Professionals is that they complete assigned work competently and in the allocated time, or that they anticipate difficulty in meeting deadlines and notify the appropriate person(s).

The following regulations regarding assignments reflect this belief and are designed to ensure that graduates of the programs meet these expectations.

  • Students are required to submit all written assignments on or before the date and time specified.
  • Students should anticipate problems that will necessitate an extension of time.
  • If an extension of time is required, students will make this request ahead of the assignment due date to the appropriate Instructor.
  • Late assignments will lose 10% of the value of the assignment for each day late. Assignments that are more than two days late will receive a grade of zero.
  • A student will not receive a passing final grade until all assignments have been submitted even if the late penalty reduces the points possible to zero. All late submissions must be turned in by noon on Friday before the week of final exams.

 NOTE: An extension of time may be given at the discretion of faculty.

Steps to Follow to Submit Assignments Outside of Class Time

While assignments should be submitted in class on the day they are due, if circumstances require that they be submitted outside a scheduled class, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. Provide an electronic copy of your assignment to the faculty as per faculty instructions. 

  2. Contact faculty by email to alert them that you have submitted your assignment.

  3. Bring the hard copy of the assignment with an attached copy of the email you sent to the faculty member to the 4B reception area and submit into the Assignment Drop Box by the Administrative Assistant's desk.

Working together on Group Assignments

Students will often work with their fellow peers on various assignments/projects throughout the program. Each group member is responsible for ensuring that they have an equal role in the group. All students in the group should review the completed work before it is submitted/presented. When issues/concerns arise during the group process, it is the responsibility of group members to contact the course professor for assistance prior to due date.

Use of Time between Classes

Students are encouraged to use breaks between classes for personal needs (food, washroom, phone calls, emails etc.) but also for group work, studying, connecting with faculty, field placement supervisors, etc. 

Faculty Returning Tests and Assignments

In order to support student success, students will be given continual feedback on their progress throughout the semester. Individual faculty will inform students in class how/when tests and assignments and/or marks on them will be returned. Please note that some tests will be returned to students and some may be retained by faculty. Final exams and supplemental exams will not be reviewed with the students. Under no circumstances are students to enter the offices of faculty or look through papers on a desk without a faculty present. Students who have questions about tests/assignments/grades should follow the process outlined below:

  • At least 24 hours after receiving the mark and within 5 days, contact faculty, indicating the area(s) of clarification required.
  • Initiate a meeting with the faculty to discuss the matter.
  • Bring pertinent information (assignment, mark sheet, etc.) to the appointment.

General Guidelines for Quality of Written Work

In the Respiratory Therapy program, both in courses and clinical placement, there are continuous requirements for written work in a variety of formats (papers, assignments, forms and plans, handouts, etc.). It is expected that all students will meet the standard of English required within the profession. Faculty will identify students who are having difficulty in this area and will approach them to discuss the need for improvement. Students may be referred to the Learning Commons to help them improve the quality of their written work.

General Guidelines for Submitting Written Work

For specific course requirements, refer to the course outlines provided. If you are not clear about course requirements, discuss this with individual faculty. Students are required to use spell-check and grammar-check to assist with the editing of written work. The Learning Commons will be an invaluable resource to students who require assistance in organizing and writing an assignment with correct spelling and grammar.

Unless otherwise indicated by professors, generally, assignments should be:

  • Word processed,
  • Double spaced and one sided,
  • Submitted using font size of 12, and proper margins,
  • Written in a grammatically correct manner,
  • Handed in securely fastened with a cover page indicating the course name, faculty's name, student's name, section and date submitted,
  • Handed in at the beginning of class on the designated due date in class, unless otherwise indicated by professor,
  • Handed in using the APA@Conestoga format if references are required. 

    NOTE: Faculty does not assume responsibility for assignments not given directly to them in hard copy at the beginning of the relevant class. Students should avoid handing in assignments outside the regularly scheduled class time and should make every effort to hand assignments in to professors in person.

Academic Progress Through the Program

Academic Standing and Promotion

The Conestoga Student Guide is your first source for information concerning academic regulations, policies and procedures. The Conestoga Student Guide is available on the college website and by visiting the "Student Guide" tab in your Student Portal.

In addition to the Academic Regulations found in the Conestoga Student Guide, the following apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program:

Achievement

  1. Students must attain a minimum 65% passing grade in all Respiratory Therapy courses and year end composite exams.
  2. The student must have successfully completed all courses of all previous semesters and passed year-end composite exams in order to be promoted into the next semester and/or Field Placement and Practice Consolidation courses. Failure to do so will result in discontinuance from the program.
  3. The student is expected to apply theory and skills to practice in a safe competent manner in accordance with the current National Competency Framework (NCF) guidelines and current professional practice guidelines within all lab and simulation and clinical placement settings.
  4. Regular attendance is mandatory to achieve a "pass" in both lab and clinical placement experiences.
  5. A supplemental evaluation will not be granted for a course in which a student has received an academic offence. 

Reason for Student Progress Being Reviewed by Promotion Committee

Students who fail to meet program standards will be reviewed by the Promotion Committee.

Reasons for presentation at Promotion Committee Meetings include:

  • Failure of a theory course and/or practice course.
  • Patterns of absence from class or practice, which may affect achieving program standards.
  • Excessive accumulated absences from class, lab or practice.
  • Failure to follow through on previous Promotion Committee recommendations.
A student who has not met the standards will not be promoted to the next level of the Program.  The Promotions Committee may decide such a student should be discontinued or may require the student to complete one or more of the following, or an alternative as deemed appropriate:
  • Complete supplemental requirements for course failures (see criteria for writing of supplemental examinations).  Following successful completion of supplemental work, the highest course grade that can be achieved is 65%.
  • Follow through with counselling (academic and/or personal).
  • Follow through with health measures as recommended.
  • Complete makeup work for missed learning experiences.  Total time lost will be assessed on an individual basis.  Additional time may be required to complete program objectives.
  • Complete the requirements of Probationary Status.
  • Complete compulsory practice remedial assignments.

Promotion and Supplemental Procedure

PERSON ACTION
Promotion Committee

Grants or denies permission for supplemental work.

Program Coordinator/Instructor

 

Meets with the student.

Completes the supplemental form with criteria.

Reviews the recommendation of the Promotion Committee.

Student

 

Takes completed Supplemental Form and payment to Registrar's Office.

Brings a copy with proof of payment as well as photo ID to supplemental.

Program Chair/Program Coordinator/Instructor

Sets date for supplemental examination.

Notifies student and Registrar's Office of result of supplemental work.

Failure to successfully complete requirements of the promotion committee will result in discontinuance from the program.

Supplemental Work

A student that is unsuccessful in a course may be granted the opportunity to complete supplemental requirements.

Criteria for Eligibility to Write Supplemental Examinations

  1. No more than two supplementals throughout the program and no more than one supplemental per course will be offered.
  2. For the purposes of determining supplemental eligibility repeating a failed course counts as a supplemental in that course.
  3. The student must have passed at least one test/exam in the course.
  4. The student must have achieved a final course grade of 50% or within 10% of the required pass mark, whichever is the higher standard.  Therefore, for courses with 65% pass, the student must have achieved 55%.
  5. A supplemental evaluation will not be granted for a course in which a student has received an academic offence.
In addition, the following will also be considered by the committee:
  • Previous academic history.
  • Current clinical practice performance.
  • Demonstration of professional behaviour.
  • Attendance in class, lab, and practice experiences.

NOTE:

  • A fee is to be paid to the Registrar's Office for supplemental work.
  • If the student is successful in completing the supplemental work for the course, the failing course grade will be upgraded to the minimal passing grade of 65% for the Program.

Academic Probation

Students who have been unsuccessful in their field experience, have failed two or more academic courses, and/or have required considerable testing/assignment variances may be recommended for Academic Probation. Academic probation allows students to be promoted to the next level with a special timetable or with academic conditions. Special timetables and academic conditions are designed as part of written learning contract that the student and program coordinator create together. The goal of these measures is to allow students to continue in the program accompanied by a supportive plan for success.

Discontinuance

Students who have failed to meet all program standards or who have failed to meet the standards set out in the Conestoga Student Guide and/or the Respiratory Therapy Program Standards and Procedures Handbook involving academic dishonesty, student responsibilities, or unacceptable behaviour, attitude or conduct may be discontinued from the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Withdrawal

Students not planning to return to the Respiratory Therapy Program the following semester are expected to complete a Withdrawal Form available from the program coordinators, the Registrar's Office, or on the college website.

Program Transfer

Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the Registrar's Office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled in, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where courses numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met.

Appeal

Students have the right to appeal any academic decisions as set out in the Conestoga Student Guide. It is recommended that students begin this appeal process by first meeting with the faculty and/or Program Coordinator.

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Please refer to the College Policies, Procedures, Practices and Guidelines webpage then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled Clearance of Academic Deficiency. Please note that following the end of semester, contact with any student eligible to write a supplemental will be made either by phone or email. A specific date, time and room number will be given to each student. If a student does not respond to this contact, the student forfeits the opportunity to write a supplemental test.

Readmission to the Program

Since the Respiratory Therapy Program is a highly integrated and oversubscribed program, a student who has withdrawn or been discontinued from the program must apply to be readmitted. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed. Students who have been discontinued from semester one must reapply through Ontario Colleges for readmission to semester one. Admission/readmission to all other semesters is based on seat availability and academic status. If space in the program exists, students will be readmitted to the current program design, to which current program standards and procedures will apply. Students will be ranked ordered for readmission using the following criteria:

  1. Students in good academic standing who have withdrawn from the Conestoga College RT program due to illness or personal circumstances with prior approval from the Program Coordinator and/or Program Chair.
  2. Students who have one discontinuance as a result of course failure(s) and whose academic status / performance and extra-curricular preparation suggests that they will be successful in the program if readmitted.
  3. Transfer students from other institutions whose Respiratory Therapy Programs are deemed to be substantially equivalent in curriculum structure and who are in good academic standing.

If there are more students within any category than space in the program can accommodate, the following academic factors will also be considered when categorizing students for readmission:

  • Overall grade point average (GPA) for students in good academic standing.
  • Number of courses failed and grade point average if student presents with one discontinuance.

Students who do not meet the above criteria will not be readmitted to the program.

A student who has been out of the program for more than 12 months may be required to successfully complete theory and/or skill challenge testing.

Only one opportunity to re-apply or repeat a failed course is permitted.

For additional information, refer to the Academic Administration page for more information on the readmission procedure.

Course Add/Drop

You can add, change and drop courses from your portal depending on the dates and which program you are in:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal,
  2. Click on the "My Courses" tab,
  3. Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings. It is strongly recommended that students consult their Program Coordinator/academic advisor prior to dropping a course.

Special Timetables/Adding Dropped or Failed Courses

Please note that when students are not taking the program in the prescribed sequence, they will be on "special timetables". Prior to the beginning of the semester, students should attempt to add missed courses from a previous semester by logging in to the Student Portal and following the instructions to register for courses. If students are not able to add courses on their own (because of a timetable conflict or full course section) they must seek assistance from their Program Coordinator during the "Special Timetable Registration" initiated by the college. Dates, times and locations of Special Timetable Registration periods are posted in the student portal in advance of the beginning of each semester. Students must attend this meeting where they will receive further guidance regarding this academic status from their Program Coordinator.

Students who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

Graduation

Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the winter, spring, and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.

General Education / Breadth Electives

School of Liberal Studies

The purpose of diploma General Education electives and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed not just in their chosen career fields, but in all life paths. Working collaboratively with your program,  diploma General Education and degree Breadth elective courses cultivate critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.

All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.

More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.

 

Process for resolution of student concerns

In order to resolve any concerns which may arise during a course, field placement or relating to the overall program, students are encouraged to resolve issues or concerns informally at the program level prior to proceeding to a formal appeal.

If attempts have been made for a resolution, yet no satisfactory outcome was reached, students are encouraged to refer to the Student Guide, and to follow the procedures outlined under the "Academic Dispute Resolution and Appeal Procedure" section.

Maintaining Student Files

  1. Official records of each student's education are maintained electronically by the Registrar.
  2. Administrative records related to your experience in the program are maintained to demonstrate compliance with external and college requirements. The information is as follows:
Administrative Records
Student Information (if applicable) File Location and Student Access Retention

Pre-Placement Health Requirements

  • Copies of information received from student.

In H.S Trax, by individual student access, accessed through My Conestoga

  • Each student has their own information on the Passport for provision to placement agencies.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Acknowledgement of WSIB understanding.

  • Signed electronically by student prior to the first field placements.
  • By Program, online.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.

Student Consents signed on admission electronically.

  • Student Consent for Release of Information.
  • Student Understanding of Professional Standards.
  • Student Understanding of Safety Requirements.
  • Filed electronically.
  • For the duration of a student's stay in the Program.
  1. Academic Files are set up as required for a student to document important matters relevant to a student's progress or to document and monitor resolution of concerns.
Academic Records
Student Information File Location and Student Access Retention

Documents related to academic progress

  • Correspondence regarding course equivalencies.
  • Correspondence regarding supplementary examinations.
  • Learning Contracts.
  • Disabilities Information and plans.
  • In Student File, maintained by the Program Coordinator, initially, and then filed during the student's stay in the Program – maintained by Program Assistant.
For 1 year following graduation or as required by accrediting body.
Records of Competency Attainment As above. As above.

Documents related to areas of concern

  • Interview records, supporting email documentation.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Incident reports.
  • Letters/emails of significant concern and replies.
  • Appeals .
As above. As above.
  1. Students may review the contents of their academic file by:
    • Requesting this in writing to the Program Coordinator.
    • Reviewing the file in the presence of their Program Coordinator.

Additional Information for Students

Below is information to supplement the information found in the Conestoga Student Guide.

  • Your Conestoga Student Guide provides detailed information about dropping courses. If you are planning to drop a course, you must do so within the time period. If you have missed that time period, please see the Program Coordinator and they will advise you as to your options. Not attending does not constitute an official dropping of a course and will result in a grade of "F".
  • If you have completed courses from a college or university that you think may be very similar in content to courses in the Respiratory Therapy program you may be eligible for a course exemption. (Please note that to receive an exemption, courses must have been completed within the past 5 years and with a mark of at least 65 %.) If you would like to proceed with a request for exemptions, please visit the Credit Transfer Office.  If you have further questions regarding exemptions, please contact your Program Coordinator for guidance. Please note that exemptions will not be processed until a student is registered in the Program. The exemption process will take some time (two-three weeks), and students should attend all scheduled courses until they receive the exemption as they will be responsible for all material covered in class should the exemption be denied.

Work-Integrated Learning Experiences

Student Consent Forms

Students are required to complete program specific consent forms if applicable. To access the forms, students need to visit the WIL Document Services Community in myConestoga and see WIL Document Forms tab. 

Guidelines for Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Placement Site Allocation

Objectives

  • To allocate students in a fair and equitable manner to the WIL placement sites in partnership with Conestoga College.
  • Student's choices will be utilized when possible.

Allocations

Each student will be issued a Clinical (WIL) Placement Site Allocation form at the end of semester 3. The entire class of students will rank their desired clinical locations in order of preference. No site may be listed more than once.

  • Once this information is collected, students will be placed on lists according to their first choice of placements.
  • All students that have selected sites that have less than, or equal to, the posted quota, will be assigned their first choice.
  • Any site that is over-selected will have a random draw to decide which students will be placed in their next available choice of clinical sites.
  • All pre-WIL requirements must be complete prior to ranking clinical (WIL) placement sites.

Final Publication of Allocation

The allocation process will be completed by the faculty. Any student who has not met all the pre-placement requirements, by the ranking form due date will not be permitted to submit clinical rankings and be considered for placement until these requirements have been fulfilled. An internal record of the process will be filed and available for review by Senior Conestoga College Administration.

Guidelines for WIL Placements

Students are responsible for completing all of the required hours and clinical assignments of WIL placement to successfully complete the program. All financial costs related to WIL placement are the responsibility of the student.

1. Confirmation of Placement Times, Dates and Location
Every effort will be made to confirm placement location as well as times as early as possible. Given the limited number of placements, students must be prepared for changes even up to a few days before the placement starts.

2. Student Responsibilities
Prior to departing to WIL placement sites, it is necessary that each student shall have:
  • completed all pre WIL requirements
  • Satisfactorily completed all required courses in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum and year-end composite exams leading up to that placement.
3. Withdrawals
Leaving or failure to show up at the WIL placement site without communicating with the WIL placement supervisor, or clinical educator, is a serious infraction of professional ethics and is considered abandonment of one's professional responsibilities to the patients and facility. The student will receive a failing grade in the WIL placement and will not have the option to apply for readmission to the program.

4. WIL Placement Evaluations
All evaluations and communication regarding WIL placement will be conducted as per the guidelines in the Clinical Practicum Handbook and the Electronic Evaluation platform. The student and/or the Site Clinical Associate will report unsatisfactory performance immediately to the Program Clinical Competency Attainment Specialist. Problem areas will be identified, suggestions for improved performance will be outlined, and possible remediation will be explored.

5. WIL Placement Grades
Didactic components of the clinical placement will consist of written work in a variety of formats (papers, assignments, forms and plans, handouts, examinations etc.). A passing grade of 65% is required for these components. All WIL placement components will be assessed as a pass/fail grade. Specific rubrics and criteria for competency assessment are available in the Clinical Practicum Handbook and Electronic Evaluation platform.

6. Transportation/Accommodation
It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for transportation/accommodation to scheduled WIL placement locations.

7. Parking fees

Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for parking at the College or Clinical Agencies and for paying for parking fees.

Pre-WIL Health Requirements

Mandatory work-integrated learning (WIL) health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student WIL experiences. Successful WIL completion is required for students to progress to program completion.  To qualify for WIL experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:           

  • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hepatitis B and Polio.  Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October – March).
  • TB Testing: evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
  • Standard First Aid and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support.
  • Respirator (N95) Fit Testing (formerly Mask Fit Testing)
  • An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS).  Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in WIL experiences which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for WIL is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of WIL start date.

Safety in the Workplace Course (OHS1320)

All students who participate in unpaid work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences during the course of their program will be required to successfully complete the mandatory Safety in the Workplace course prior to going out on WIL.  The course will provide students with an introduction to workplace hazards and general safety awareness. Students will receive a Record of Completion to provide evidence of this training to WIL experience sites and will consent to their workplace insurance coverage.

WSIB

Prior to your first WIL experience, you must electronically sign a Declaration of Understanding of WSIB Coverage related to Unpaid Clinical placements indicating you understand that WSIB coverage will be provided through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) while you are on training WIL experiences. This Declaration will be placed in your student file. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Declaration of Understanding for WSIB Coverage has been electronically signed, in the Safety in the Workplace Course - OHS1320, and visible on your H.S. Trax home page to be eligible to attend your WIL experience.

Concerns Regarding Student Safety or the Safety and Care/Service for Clients

Work-integrated Learning (WIL) experiences provide the opportunity to demonstrate and enhance your learning in the practice environment. These WIL experiences have been organized by your Program in partnership with the organization where you have been placed.

The following procedures have been developed to make it easier to identify and address any concerns or issues regarding your safety or the safety and care of clients that may come up during the WIL placement in a way that supports both a solid learning experience and a constructive partnership with the WIL placement site.

A. Communication of General Concerns

Regarding Your Safety or the Safety and Care/Service for Clients

  1. Students will be provided with an Orientation to their WIL site on the first day of their WIL placement. The Orientation may include details of the WIL site's policies and procedures related to communication about the safety of the work environment and/or the safety and care of patients/residents/clients.
  2. If a student has any concerns about the safety of the work environment and/or the safe/appropriate care/service for clients:
  • The student must immediately report these concerns to the College individual associated with the WIL placement (Clinical Instructor, Faculty responsible for your WIL placement, WIL placement Supervisor).
  • The Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Supervisor will discuss this concern with Site Management.
  • For concerns of a serious nature (e.g. concerns impacting a total student group; a serious care/service situation), the Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Supervisor will discuss the situation with the Program Coordinator and, potentially, the Chair. The Coordinator or Chair will immediately contact WIL site management to determine next steps.

Should facility policies require that WIL students report safety or care/service concerns immediately to WIL site management, the student should report to the Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Officer immediately afterward.

B. Reporting of Incidents of Student Injury during a WIL Experience

  1. Should students experience personal injury of any kind, this must be reported immediately to the WIL Placement Employer and Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Supervisor. The WIL Placement Employer will provide first-aid that may be necessary, including arranging for transportation to emergency medical services if required. The Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Supervisor will notify the Program Coordinator and Chair and complete an Unpaid Work/Education Placement-Accident Report (UWEP-04) and will send this to the College's Occupational Health & Safety Office. Where necessary, the Occupational Health & Safety Office will complete a WSIB 7 form, a Letter of Authorization to Represent Placement Employer and a Work/Education Placement Agreement Form.

C. Reporting of Student Involvement

In Situations of Possible Injury to Clients during a WIL Experience or Student Damage to Facility Property

  1. Should students be involved in care/service situations where there the care/service results in a potential concern/injury to patients/residents/clients of the WIL placement site, this concern must be immediately reported to the WIL Site in order that care can be given. This situation must also be reported immediately to the Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Supervisor. The faculty member will discuss this immediately with the WIL placement site and ensure that an incident report is completed. The faculty member must also inform the Program Coordinator and the Department Chair for a discussion of program expectations and implications. It is the responsibility of the Chair to ensure that all documentation is obtained regarding the incident and to inform College officials accordingly.
  2. Should students be involved in situations where there is alleged damage to resources/physical property at the WIL site, this concern must be reported immediately to the WIL Site and to the Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Officer. The faculty member will inform the Program Coordinator and Department Chair for a discussion of program expectations and implications. It is the responsibility of the Clinical Instructor/Responsible Faculty/WIL Placement Officer to complete an incident report with the Chair accountable to ensure all documentation is obtained and to inform College officials accordingly.

Student Awards

Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business, industry leaders, and generous donors. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application form available through your Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students’ email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February). For more information, visit Student Financial Services.

Awards Available for Respiratory Therapy 2020-2021

Program Sponsored Awards
(Organized through your program)
Award Name Estimated Amount Year or Level # of Awards Criteria
Selection Process Presented At:
ProResp Award
$1000
Grad
Year
1

Nominated by clinical associates for clinical excellence
Nominated
Via Program Coordinator
CSRT Award of Excellence
1 year membership in the CSRT Grad Year
1
Graduate award for academic and clinical excellence
Nominated
Via Program Coordinator

Ontario Home Respiratory Services Association Award
$500
Grad Year
1
Graduate award for clinical excellence in a student that demonstrates a desire to enter the home care workplace
Nominated
Via Program Coordinator
School Sponsored Awards
Award Name Estimated Amount Year or Level # of Awards Criteria
Selection Process Presented At:
Partners Enhancing Practice - TD Awards
$125
Grad
Year
1

Inquisitive nature and curiosity about other professions

Understand the roles of others

Thinks carefully about the plan of care and engages other disciplines in that care

Accountability for their actions and communicates information and action accordingly

Demonstrates professionalism and safe patient practice

Demonstrates leadership and engagement in school wide inter-professional initiatives

Demonstrate financial need

Nominated
Partners Enhancing Practice Ceremony
Canadian Federation of University Women $500 Year 2 4 75% +, female registered in Yr. 2, demonstrate financial need, intellectual achievement and promise Apply Financial Aid 

Academic Delivery Plan and College Hours

Academic Delivery Plan Fall 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga has developed an academic delivery plan for the Fall 2020 semester. The safety and well-being of our college community remains our highest priority. Our academic plans and decisions continue to be based on the advice of public health authorities. 

For the Fall semester, we will deliver as many courses as we can remotely. Courses that cannot be offered fully through remote delivery will be delivered through a combination of remote and on-campus delivery. Courses in which remote delivery is not possible will be offered entirely through on-campus delivery.

Technology requirements for programs are posted on the program web page. Students in remote and hybrid delivery courses will require a device, webcam functionality, and reliable Internet access.

For the Fall, only students who have classes scheduled on campus will be pre-approved to be on-campus. Students need to complete a mandatory pre-approval process before they can attend their class.  Students who do not have scheduled activity are not permitted on-campus. Support services for students will continue to be available remotely.

College Hours

To support physical distancing on campus, full-time courses at Conestoga may be delivered Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Web-based Tools

Program courses may use web-based services with data centres outside of Canada. Students may be expected to complete assessments where information is transmitted outside of Canada. Students who do not wish to submit their information to other countries have the right to opt-out. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor if they, in the first week of term or at the time assignment details are provided, wish to submit an alternate assignment.

Course examinations may be administered through a remote proctoring service to assure academic integrity. Ensure that you meet the system requirements that will allow the recording of your computer screen, webcam, and microphone.

Attendance at Evaluations

Working Together to Plan Your Success

Your success matters! As an emerging professional, it is important that you demonstrate the same professional attitude to your program that you will be required to demonstrate to your future workplace. Regular, punctual attendance, and active participation in scheduled classes, field and clinical placements, labs and any on-campus and off-campus activities scheduled by your program will help you to understand and master the learning complexities of your program.
If extenuating, unplanned circumstances require you to miss a class, please note that it is your responsibility to follow up with individual faculty members and to acquire any missed information.

Attendance for Evaluations

Evaluations are critical components of each course and your overall success in your program. An evaluation is defined as a test, exam, presentation or any other formal assessment that contributes to your course mark that requires your presence, in class or on-line. Please note that in many programs across the College, every field placement, clinical day, and lab/shop day is considered crucial to your overall learning and success and the expectation is that you attend.  If you are in a program that includes field or clinical placements, labs/shops, or any other on or off campus activities, it is essential that you discuss attendance requirements with your program faculty in order to understand expectations and consequences.  
Your attendance for all evaluations is a requirement. If there is a concerning pattern of absence from evaluations across your program, you may be asked to meet with the Program Coordinator and/or Student Advisor to discuss strategies for success.
While circumstances such as religious holidays and academic accommodations may necessitate rescheduling of evaluations and will be accommodated, please note that there will be no special arrangements made for rescheduling evaluations due to personal conflicts such as work or vacation plans.  

In order to facilitate a smooth implementation for all scheduled evaluations, both you and your program faculty have responsibilities which are listed below:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • To communicate all course obligations to you at the beginning of each semester through the Instructional Plan, including evaluation and presentation dates.
  • To communicate, in writing, any unplanned extenuating circumstances involving the college, the program or the faculty members that may require changes to the course schedule.
  • To provide alternative evaluation arrangements for missed evaluations/work due to recognized religious holidays as defined by the College Employer Council and documented accommodations through the Accessibility Office.
  • To accept alternative evaluation requests in good faith and examine based on the unique circumstances and students' individual needs.
  • To facilitate alternative evaluation arrangements as described below.

Student Responsibilities

  • To be informed about all course obligations and due dates.
  • To inform your faculty member in writing of the need to reschedule evaluations due to a religious holiday as defined by the College Employer Council.
  • If you have to be absent from any scheduled evaluation, report your absence on the Student Portal using the procedure below. You must do this prior to the start of the evaluation or risk receiving a mark of zero.

How to Report Absences on the Student Portal

  1. Log into the Student Portal and click on the 'Absence tab'.
  2. Indicate whether or not there is an assessment scheduled on that day by clicking 'Yes or No', as well as the reason for the absence (illness or other).
  3. Click 'Continue' to report the absence.
  4. Click 'I agree' to confirm the absence.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that your absence has been recorded.

Important! Please note the following:

  • The earliest you can record an absence for a particular day, is after 8:00 p.m. the day before. You must report each day you are absent.
  • The Absence Recording System will show you as being absent for the day, starting from the time that you recorded the absence. For example, if you record your absence on a specific day at 11:00 a.m., the system will show you as being absent for all classes starting after 11:00 a.m. that day.
  • If you are going to be present for any other classes on the day for which you recorded an absence, please let the faculty member know by attending or following up by eConestoga or college email.
  • When you return to campus, make eConestoga or email contact immediately with the faculty member associated with the evaluation you missed in order to arrange appropriate follow up.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations Less than 20%

Conestoga recognizes that unexpected circumstances such as brief illness do arise during the semester and that a visit to a health practitioner may not be necessary. A valid absence from a scheduled evaluation worth less than 20% of the final grade which is not documented through the Accessibility Office or previously arranged due to religious holidays, will be accommodated once per course during the semester, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above. If the evaluation cannot be rescheduled, (for example an experiential activity, lab or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks to another evaluation item will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via email to their eConestoga or college email address, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.

Absence from additional scheduled evaluations worth less than 20% in the same course may require documentation for verification.

Valid Absence from Scheduled Evaluations 20% or More

Absence from scheduled evaluations worth 20% or more of the final grade that are not documented through the Accessibility Office or arranged due to religious holidays, will require appropriate documentation for verification, subject to proper communication as described in the Student Responsibilities section above.

Alternative Evaluation Arrangements

  • Faculty members will determine alternative evaluation arrangements as appropriate.
  • Students will complete any necessary forms. 
  • Students are required to complete the alternative evaluation as scheduled. If an evaluation cannot be rescheduled (for example an experiential activity or participation in a group presentation) reallocation of marks will be determined by faculty and communicated to student via eConestoga or college email, or documented on an interview record and signed off by both faculty member and student.
  • Tests will be made up in the Conestoga Test Centre in the following week, or by individual arrangements with course faculty member.
  • If the evaluation is to be conducted in the Conestoga Test Centre, students will be asked to show their ONECard* before permitted to write the test.

* Students taking part-time courses or in programs where a OneCard is not provided may be asked to show alternate ID.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Program Revision Log
Last Revised By Whom
June 17, 2015 Nicole Dorscht
July 21, 2015 Jillian Grant
May 20, 2016 Paul Finch
May 25, 2016 Nicole Dorscht
June 1, 2017 Jillian Grant
May 29, 2018 Wendy Dunbar
July 8, 2019
Julia Rodricks
July 16, 2020
Beth Davidson

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College provides an equitable environment where all students have the opportunity to participate in College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

Conestoga's  Accessible Learning services provide support for students with permanent and temporary disabilities who feel they are encountering barriers to learning. They work with students to understand the impact of a disability in the college environment and will help develop a success plan that considers student goals and required academic accommodations. Accessible Learning will also communicate necessary accomodations to professors on behalf of the student. 

To consult with an Accessibility Advisor about accommodations please make an appointment by emailing  accessibility@conestogac.on.ca or calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

Exceptions for non-accessiblity focused issues need to be consulted on with your professor. Final approval for exceptions unrelated to academic accomodations rests with the program chair.