School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Respiratory Therapy

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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.

Your Future Career

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

What Your 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

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 either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

CMM 230 Workplace Communications
RTT 120 Respiratory Care Procedures
RTT 205 Mechanical Ventilation I
RTT 212 Anatomy and 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 Professional Issues
RTT 270 Pulmonary Function Tesitng
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 4

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 379 Pediatric Advanced Life Support ( 2 wks)

Semester 5

RTT 380 Clinical Phase

Semester 6

RTT 385 Clinical Phase

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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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139