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Respiratory Therapy

Graduate in 2 years in this accelerated program that prepares you to become a healthcare professional specializing in treating problems related to respiratory, cardiac, and pulmonary diseases.

Program Information

Start Date

January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Waitlisted

International Availability

Not Available

Program Code

RT

Delivery

Hybrid

Credential

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Contact

Shelley Nevills

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$2283.42 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change.

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Canadian Students

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The demand for Respiratory Therapists will continue to grow as Ontario - population increases and ages. This program will prepare you with knowledge, skills, and clinical judgement to deliver optimal cardio-respiratory care to diverse patients and clients in a range of practice settings including acute care and community environments. You will be part of the inter-professional healthcare team dedicated to cardio-respiratory health and well-being.

The highly interactive and practical program will train you to assess, plan, implement and evaluate safe, therapeutic cardio-respiratory interventions. You will discover how to establish therapeutic relationships and communicate in a culturally sensitive manner with patients and their families.

Your learning environment will include interdisciplinary lab spaces, our state-of-the-art simulation centre with high tech/high touch technologies and specialized equipment to prepare you for a rewarding career. In the last two semesters you will complete two field placements of 420 hours each to give you the experience you need to graduate job-ready.

This new program is undergoing accreditation with Accreditation Canada enabling the graduates to write the Health Professionals Testing Canada (HPTC) exam to become members the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO).

  • Small class sizes and individual attention enhance your learning experience
  • State-of-the-art simulation and technology equipment will enrich your studies
  • The final two semesters are delivered in a hybrid format, which means that you can complete your field placements anywhere in Ontario, while you take the last two courses online.
  • The accelerated curriculum of six consecutive semesters will allow you to graduate in 2 years.
  • By choosing to complete the Indigenous Perspectives Designation offered in this program you will add a competitive advantage to your resume.
  • Built into the curriculum is a preparation course for the Canadian Board of Respiratory Care exam.

Respiratory therapists have career opportunities to work independently and collaboratively with a range of health professionals in a variety of practice settings, such as

  • hospitals,
  • long-term care,
  • home care,
  • family health teams,
  • hyperbaric clinics,
  • diagnostic
  • sleep clinics

Graduates may also find employment opportunities within private businesses or in independent practice requiring specific cardiorespiratory knowledge and skills. Employment earnings for respiratory therapists are high in Ontario with an average of more than $75K in.

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Skillsmarker to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

This program is currently "Registered" for accreditation with Accreditation Canada/EQual. "Registered" status serves as an important demonstration of our commitment to providing quality education in alignment with accreditation and regulatory requirements. "Registered" status is not an accreditation status, nor does it guarantee any eventual accreditation. If you require additional information regarding our "Registered" accreditation status and endeavours and/or any potential implications this may have on your future abilities to practice as a healthcare professional, we encourage you to reach out to Shelley Nevills, Respiratory Therapy Program Coordinator.

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Non-Academic Requirements

This program has mandatory Non-Academic Requirements. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

Failure to provide any of the required Non Academic Field Requirements by the specified due date will result in an inability to participate in the mandatory placement components of the program.

Requirements for Clinical Placement:

You may be assigned to a clinical placement spot anywhere in the province of Ontario. Additional costs may be incurred during clinical placement including (but not limited to): housing, parking, security deposit for identification badges.

Like most jobs in the healthcare profession, respiratory therapists need to have a unique skill set that allows them to multitask while remaining hyper-focused on the needs and conditions of their patients. All respiratory therapists should have the following skills:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Confident, self-motivated with a willingness to learn
  • Calm bedside manner
  • Compassion
  • Comprehensive understanding of infection control principles
  • Ability to work with a medical team as well as independently
  • Good judgment, problem solving, and quick decision-making ability
  • Time management skills
  • Physiological, math and science knowledge
  • Patience and ability to teach and educate patients
  • Ability to deal and cope with stressful situations
  • Detail oriented

Curriculum and assessment of competencies for the Fleming Respiratory Therapy program is based on the National Competency Framework (NCF) for the profession of Respiratory Therapy. The NCF is a list of competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and judgment) considered essential for entering the practice of Respiratory Therapy in Ontario. The NCF can be found here: https://nartrb.ca

To practise as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario, you must be registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO). To become a member of the CRTO, graduates from Fleming’s Respiratory Therapy program must complete certain mandatory requirements, including passing the Health Professionals Testing Canada (HTPC) examination and the Launch RT Jurisprudence Assessment.

For more information, including education, examination, language proficiency, eligibility to work in Canada and suitability to practice requirements, please refer to https://www.crto.on.ca.

Once you are a CRTO member, you must complete mandatory ongoing professional development to maintain your license. Please refer to Professional Development - CRTO for more information.

  • Plan on $1,500 per year for books, supplies and materials
  • Supplies and materials may include purchase of a stethoscope, gloves, and any additional required PPE for lab simulation exercises
  • Additional costs may also be incurred for Non Academic requirements

  • Provide cardio-respiratory care in compliance with relevant legislation, professional standards, codes of ethics and practice setting policies and procedures.
  • Use preventive measures that contribute to a culture of patient and employee health and safety within a range of practice settings.
  • Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and communicate in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse patients/clients and their families to support cardio-respiratory health.
  • Collaborate with patients/clients and members of the inter-professional health care team to optimize cardio-respiratory health and well-being.
  • Assess and interpret relevant diagnostic and patient information when treating patients/clients who are experiencing a range of cardio-respiratory conditions.
  • Develop patient's/client's plan of care in collaboration with patients/clients and health care team members by identifying priorities, establishing goals and determining interventions to support optimal cardio-respiratory outcomes.
  • Select, implement, evaluate and modify therapeutic cardio-respiratory interventions to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care in a range of practice settings.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate cardio-respiratory related learning plans in collaboration with patients/clients, families and health care team members to support client independence and self-management.
  • Complete written and electronic documentation of patient/client care to meet legal, organizational and professional requirements.
  • Read, interpret and participate in research and use relevant evidence-based findings to inform and guide respiratory therapy practice.
  • Engage in reflective practice and ongoing professional development activities to maintain and enhance competence in the field of respiratory therapy.

Students applying to Respiratory Therapy must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 (C) English, Gr 12 (C) Math, Gr 11 or 12 Physics , in addition 2 Gr 11 or Gr 12 (C) Sciences, one of which must be Biology. Minimum final grade of 65% in each required course.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 5th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

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