Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy students working on a simulation doll

Program at a glance

Program code: 
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Length of study: 
3 years
Study options: 
Campus location: 
College Drive

Learn to evaluate, treat and manage the care of patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Graduates of this program are extensively trained in medical gas administration, mechanical ventilation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and anaesthesia. A third-year placement includes the Hospital for Sick Children and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where students gain practical experience in neonatal and pediatric settings. Graduates enter this in-demand, lifesaving field and find employment in a variety of dynamic settings.


Interprofessional Education at Canadore College

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Your Future Career

  • Hospitals
  • Education
  • Home care
  • Research settings
  • Diagnostic facilities
  • Specialty laboratories
  • Obstetrics
  • Community services

What You Learn

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Respiratory care procedures
  • Cardiac function testing
  • Arterial blood gases
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Neonatal and pediatrics
  • Anaesthesia
  • Home care and rehabilitation
Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, any Gr 12 Math (C) or (U), Chemistry: Gr 11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SCH 3U,SCH 4U, SCH 4C); Physics: Gr11 or 12 (C) or (U), (SPH 3U, SPH 4U, SPH 4C)


Priority of Admissions  

The Council of Regents for the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology has established priorities for admission according to the following order of preference:

  • permanent residents of Ontario
  • permanent residents of other Canadian provinces and territories
  • students from other countries

Selection Procedure

  • Offers to the program are based on academic strength which is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects to meet eligibility. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
  • Ten (10) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
  • The minimum academic strength requirement for acceptance was 83% in Fall 2015.

This information is for reference purposes only. While it reflects accurate information at the time of posting, Canadore College reserves the right to alter information including requirements at any time

Other Requirements

If you have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which you have not been pardoned, you may be ineligible for field/clinical placements. A police check is required for field/clinical placements and can be obtained from the police department upon payment of a fee; all associated costs will be the responsibility of the student.

Level C, CPR is required for field placement and is the responsibility of the student.


Additional Costs to the student:

Clearance Card for health records
– approximately $10 

Two step TB testing – approximately $25 

Hepatitis B immunization – approximately $30 

Criminal Record Check – approximately $21.75 *student to coordinate with local police service or Ontario Provincial Police

CBRC test after graduation

College of Respiratory Therapist of Ontario registration if employed in Ontario - $500 

CPR Basic Level C, scrubs and stethoscope – approximate cost of $200, available from various providers

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Program Outcomes: 

Program Objectives


Upon Completion of the Program, the graduates will be able to:

1.0   Understand the meaning of health and well-being of individuals and groups, and the role of the respiratory therapist in supporting, guiding, and assisting people towards the establishment and achievement of health goals.

2.0   Communicate effectively with patients, health care staff, and other groups and to establish meaningful interpersonal relationships.

3.0   Operate to manufacturers’ standards, all current respiratory systems and support technology.

4.0   Understand the basics of physics, chemistry and human biology and the application of these basic principles in a respiratory therapy environment as described in Companion Document for the National Competency Profile.

5.0   Understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body, with emphasis on the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems.

6.0   Plan, administer, and evaluate respiratory care in cooperation with other health services.

7.0   Apply the theoretical components in extensive clinical training by creating a therapeutic environment which meets the needs of individuals and groups.

8.0   Act in a manner consistent with the Code of Ethics approved and supported by the profession of respiratory therapy and to incorporate new knowledge and research findings.

9.0   Be competent to perform the National Competency Profiles as prescribed by the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies.


Semester One - Fall:

CMM 125 College Communication I

RTT 103 Respiratory Therapy Equipment - Theory and Practice

RTT 104 Applied Science for Respiratory Therapy

RTT 109 Introductory Pathophysiology

CLT 100Canada's First Peoples

IAP 100 Anatomy and Physiology I


Semester Two - Winter:

CMM 230Workplace Communications

 RTT 120Respiratory Care Procedures

RTT 205 Mechanical Ventilation I

RTT 212 Anatomy and Physiology II

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

Semester Three - Fall:

RTT 125 Arterial Blood Gases

RTT 220 Pathophysiology

RTT 235 Cardiac Function Testing

RTT 265 Professional Issues

RTT 270 Pulmonary Function Testing

GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online

Semester Four - Winter:

RTT 200 Pharmacology

RTT 215 Neonatal and Pediatrics

RTT 225 Mechanical Ventilation II

RTT 240 Neonatal Resuscitation (8 hr workshop)

RTT 248 Anaesthesia

RTT 250 Home Care and Rehabilitation

RTT 290 Case Studies


RTT 379Pediatric Advanced Life Support (2 wks)

Semester Five - Fall:

RTT 380 Clinical Phase

Semester Six - Winter:

RTT 385 Clinical Phase

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

Field Placement: 

Canadore College reserves the right to place students in any clinical or field placement or combination of placements that are determined to be appropriate. Students must be prepared to travel to and from placements and/or relocate at their own expense for all or part of the placement.


Our clinical partners at this time are: North Bay Regional Health Centre, Health Science North in Sudbury, Sault Area Hospital, Timmins and District Hospital, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Shoppers Home Health Care, M.J. Mosley Respiratory Therapy Professional Corporation, Hospital for Sick Children, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation and Medigas.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Additional Credentials: 


Graduates of this program are eligible to write the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies national examination at the cost of the graduate. The College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario grants a certificate of registration to all candidates who succeed in the examination and meet the requirements of the RHPA and Respiratory Therapy Act. Other graduate students may be employed in a province that requires registration to their regulatory college.  The cost of registration to the regulatory colleges will vary.

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