Respiratory Therapy

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Placement opportunities including hospitals, community care and sleep labs.


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2021, College Drive – North Bay

Learn to evaluate, treat and manage the care of patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Respiratory therapists are an integral part of the health care team providing ventilation and airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, oxygen therapy, and assisting with high-risk births and anesthesia in the operating room. The third-year placement includes the Hospital for Sick Children and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, allows students to gain practical experience in neonatal and pediatric settings. Graduates enter this in-demand, lifesaving field and find employment in a variety of dynamic settings.

Your Future Career

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic labs
  • Community clinics
  • Home care
  • Education and research

What Your Learn

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway and ventilation management
  • Invasive vascular procedures
  • Cardiac and pulmonary diagnostics

The program has been designed to meet the core and clinical competencies of the Respiratory Therapy Entry to Practice National Competency Framework. These competencies are acquired through didactic and laboratory learning, clinical simulation and clinical practicum. The curriculum focuses on the development of assessment, analysis and critical thinking skills, which are integral to the role of a Respiratory Therapist. The program is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

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)

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM 125 College Communication I
RTT 103 RT Equipment - Theory & Practice
RTT 104 Applied Science for RT
RTT 109 Introductory Pathophysiology
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
IAP 100 Anatomy & Physiology I

Semester 2

CMM 230 Workplace Communications
RTT 120 Respiratory Care Procedures
RTT 205 Mechanical Ventilation I
RTT 212 Anatomy & Physiology II
HUM 200 Group Dynamics
RTT 165 Transition to Practice

Semester 3

RTT 125 Arterial Blood Gases
RTT 220 Pathophysiology
RTT 235 Cardiac Function Testing
RTT 265 Research in Practice
RTT 270 Pulmonary Function Testing
GENED General Education Elective - Online (Resp Sem 3)

Semester 4

RTT 200 Pharmacology
RTT 215 Neonatal & Pediatrics
RTT 225 Mechanical Ventilation II
RTT 240 Neonatal Resuscitation (* 8-hr workshop)
RTT 248 Anaesthesia
RTT 250 Home Care & Rehabilitation
RTT 290 Case Studies
RTT 379 Pediatric Advanced Life Support (2 weeks)

Semester 5

RTT 380 Clinical Phase

Semester 6

RTT 385 Clinical Phase

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see

2021-2022 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $908 - - $3628.24
2 $2720.24 $758 - - $3478.24
3 $2720.24 $758 $110 - $3588.24

2021-2022 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $13179.52 $1488 - - $14667.52
2 $13179.52 $1338 $110 - $14627.52
3 $13179.52 $1338 - - $14517.52

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

You will also need:

  • Scrub Top / Lab Coat - apx. $35.00
  • Lab Kit - apx. $20.00
  • Stethoscope - apx. $115.00
  • Name Tag - apx. $10.00-15.00

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Upon graduating, students can write the national registry exam with the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Within the program, students become certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and also have the opportunity to become certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support through clinical placement.

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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