Respiratory Therapy

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Placement opportunities including hospitals, community care and sleep labs.


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2022, 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.

The program and the profession involve working in an interactive team-based approach.  The Respiratory Therapist works in an area of moderate to high physical and psychological demands and requires a regular demand on sensory attention, as work activities require a need for sustained concentration.

The clinical practicum, year three, involves rotations in various clinical settings such as: wards, intensive care, pulmonary and cardiac diagnostics, pediatric/neonatal care, operating rooms and community care for a maximum of 34 weeks. Students must be prepared to relocate for completion of clinical practicum as most of the placement assignments are outside of the North Bay area.  All costs associated with clinical practicum, such as travel, parking and relocation/accommodations are the responsibility of the student. Students should expect to do combinations of 8-10 and 12-hour shifts inclusive of days, evenings, nights and weekends.

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

CMM125 College Communication I
RTT103 RT Equipment - Theory & Practice
RTT104 Applied Science for RT
RTT109 Introductory Pathophysiology
CLT100 First Peoples of Canada
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 (RT Sem 3)

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 weeks)

Semester 5

RTT380 Clinical Phase

Semester 6

RTT385 Clinical Phase

2022-23 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1290.98 - - $4011.22
2 $2720.24 $1140.98 - - $3861.22
3 $2720.24 $1140.98 $110 - $3971.22

2022-23 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $14102.08 $1870.98 - - $15973.06
2 $14102.08 $1720.98 - - $15823.06
3 $14102.08 $1720.98 $110 - $15933.06

Clinical Placement Documentation- Year 3 Only

Canadore College has partnered with Synergy Gateway to collect and verify documentation needed for your clinical placements. Click here to find out more information.

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

Graduates of the program, who intend to practice, must write the national certification exam.  The exam is conducted by the Canadian Board of Respiratory Care (CBRC). 

Graduates, who intend to practice in Ontario, must apply for registration with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO).

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