School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Respiratory Therapy

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Placement opportunities including hospitals, community care and sleep labs.


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 the Council on Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE).

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. You must have a minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communication I
RTT103 RT Equipment - Theory & Practice
RTT104 Applied Science for RT
RTT109 Introductory Pathophysiology
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
IAP100 Anatomy & Physiology I

Semester 2

CMM230 Workplace Communications
RTT120 Respiratory Care Procedures
RTT205 Mechanical Ventilation I
RTT212 Anatomy & Physiology II
HUM200 Group Dynamics
RTT165 Transition to Practice

Semester 3

RTT125 Arterial Blood Gases
RTT220 Pathophysiology
RTT235 Cardiac Function Testing
RTT265 Research in Practice
RTT270 Pulmonary Function Testing
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 4

RTT200 Pharmacology
RTT215 Neonatal & Pediatrics
RTT225 Mechanical Ventilation II
RTT240 Neonatal Resuscitation (8 hr workshop)
RTT248 Anaesthesia
RTT250 Home Care & Rehabilitation
RTT290 Case Studies
RTT379 Pediatric Advanced Life Support (2 wks)

Semester 5

RTT380 Clinical Phase
RTT385 Clinical Phase

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 $30 - $3936.96
2 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - - $3771.96
3 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - - $3771.96

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 $30 - $14226.69
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69
3 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69

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.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

Explore these opportunities and more through Canadore’s Transfer and Pathway

For more information, please contact the Pathways Officer:

Micheline McWhirter – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139