Respiratory Therapy | St. Clair College
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Fall 2021 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Wendy Foote
519-972-2727 ext. 5291

This is to make you aware that many of our clinical placement sites are requiring students to have their first COVID vaccine, as a minimum, to be eligible to attend clinical placement. Please note that COVID vaccinations status will become a part of the clinical placement clearance requirements for fall 2021. A COVID vaccination is not a requirement to attend St. Clair College, however a vaccination may be required prior to attending clinical placement. This additional requirement will be added to the list of current vaccinations required on the Medical form for clearance.

Students without their vaccinations cannot be guaranteed a clinical placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs.

The Health Centre at St. Clair College can provide the physical exam and all other vaccinations except for the COVID vaccine. To obtain the COVID vaccination, Students must arrange an appointment through Public Health, a participating pharmacy, or their health care provider.

If you have any questions, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham)

Program Overview

This program develops the student’s cognitive, effective and psychomotor skills as described in the goals and outcomes of the National Competency Framework for Respiratory Therapy in order to perform as an entry-level Respiratory Therapist. Competency is acquired through didactic learning and performance assessment in the laboratory and clinical setting. The curriculum addresses analysis and problem solving, patient assessment/diagnostics/intervention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and more - all built on strong foundational theory and learning. Program graduates must meet the requirements of the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice.

Program Highlights

  • Program objectives are aligned with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario Standards of Practice.
  • This is an accredited program.
  • Graduates of accredited Canadian Respiratory Therapy programs are eligible to apply to write the national certification examination in Respiratory Therapy administered by the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care.
  • Students will have access to and be trained in the Centre for Applied Health Sciences, which features state-of-the-art equipment and resources.

Career Opportunities

There are a wide variety of employment opportunities in a number of diverse settings in which graduates may practice. This includes hospital settings such as ICU, operating and emergency rooms, community agencies, long term care agencies, medical sales and services, educational institutions, patient education, rehabilitation, and research.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)


  • The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate or equivalent courses from the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Respiratory Therapy Admission Guidelines document also found on the Admission Procedures page.

Important Information

This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

Selection Procedure

A score is determined for each applicant derived from the required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.

  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)

    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain Police Clearance (vulnerable sector screening) prior to beginning of semester three
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form.
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
  • Applicants accepted to the program will receive appropriate medical forms and instructions for completion/submission. Students in the program are expected to keep immunizations up-to-date as required by our clinical partners i.e. TB testing and associated documentation will be required yearly.

Other Requirements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to the end of the first semester (proof/documentation must be submitted):

  • Standard First Aid (online courses are NOT acceptable)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BLS with AED (Annual renewal is required regardless of the expiry date on the card. Online courses are not acceptable)
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to maintain/renew before expiry certification in First Aid, CPR and N95 Fit Testing throughout the length of the program, including during clinical placements.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Medical Terminology
Professional Issues
Medical Gas Therapy
Anatomy And Physiology
Applied Basic Sciences
Respiratory Care I
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Respiratory Care II
Mechanical Ventilation I
Blood Analysis
Choose 1 Elective Course
Pharmacology I
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Pharmacology II
Respiratory Care III
Mechanical Ventilation II
Pulmonary Diagnostics
Clinical/Simulation I
Choose 1 Elective Course
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Paediatric And Neonatal Care
Cardiopulmonary Management
Mechanical Ventilation III
Choose 1 Elective Course
Clinical Preparation
Clinical/Simulation II
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
Clinical Practicum I - Hospital Training
Comprehensive Examination I
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
Medical Research Application
Clinical Practicum II - Hospital Training
Comprehensive Examination II

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Respiratory Therapy (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61615)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Provide cardio-respiratory* care in compliance with relevant legislation, professional standards, codes of ethics and practice setting* policies and procedures.
  2. Use preventive measures that contribute to a culture of patient and employee health and safety within a range of practice settings*.
  3. Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and communicate in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse patients/clients* and their families to support cardio-respiratory* health.
  4. Collaborate with patients/clients* and members of the inter-professional health care team to optimize cardio-respiratory* health and well-being.
  5. Assess and interpret relevant diagnostic and patient information when treating patients/clients* who are experiencing a range of cardio-respiratory* conditions.
  6. 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.
  7. Select, implement, evaluate and modify therapeutic cardio-respiratory* interventions to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care in a range of practice settings*.
  8. 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.
  9. Complete written and electronic documentation of patient/client* care to meet legal, organizational and professional requirements.
  10. Read, interpret and participate in research* and use relevant evidence-based findings to inform and guide respiratory therapy practice.
  11. Engage in reflective practice* and ongoing professional development activities to maintain and enhance competence in the field of respiratory therapy.

Additional Information