Respiratory Therapy Program
Program at a glance:
Credential Earned: Advanced Diploma
Program Length: 7 Semesters across 3 years (Full-time)
Program Delivery: On site
Start Date: September 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Program Code: MICH RS111
About the Program
During the first two years of the Respiratory Therapy program, Michener students have full access to practice labs equipped with the most current and advanced respiratory therapy equipment, ensuring the lab and simulation activities mirror clinical realities. Michener’s intensive program covers all facets of entry-to-practice requirements ensuring graduates are job-ready.
Respiratory Therapy is a regulated health profession, to work as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario, graduates must be registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) . The program is accredited by Accreditation Canada and graduates are eligible to write the national examinations. With success on the national examinations, a Respiratory Therapist is eligible to work across Canada.
The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by Accreditation Canada. Accreditation is a quality improvement process that ensures educational programs meet national standards and that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies for safe and effective care at entry to practice.
The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by Accreditation Canada. Accreditation is a quality improvement process that ensures educational programs meet national standards and that students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies for safe and effective care at entry to practice.
“The Respiratory Therapy program offers comprehensive hands-on learning with high-fidelity mannequins and simulated patient scenarios where students have opportunities to consolidate their theoretical knowledge, exercise their skills and practice clinical decision making.”
There is a lot of diversity in the field of Respiratory Therapy. Respiratory Therapists (RTs) provide care to patients whose ability to breathe has been compromised and are crucial members of the health care team who monitor and treat patients’ cardiopulmonary needs and provide care to adults, children and newborns.
Respiratory therapists work in a variety of environments, including critical care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, diagnostic testing laboratories, rehabilitation programs and asthma clinics, homecare companies, and pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales.
When you enroll in the Respiratory Therapy program you will study a variety of subjects, including cardiopulmonary diagnostics and rehabilitation, pulmonary ventilation, pharmacological therapies, adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care.
You will learn integral skills for the field, including using medications, therapies and assessments to assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and lung disease, and how to use mechanical ventilators and other life support equipment to sustain life.
For detailed course descriptions please see the Respiratory Therapy Curriculum page.
Length: 31 weeks
Start: Late August
You will be assigned to a clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first semester of your program.
As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals and home care companies across Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of Respiratory Therapists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.
You will be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites.
For more information about Clinical Education, please see Michener’s Clinical Education Model page.
- College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO)
- Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT)
- Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC)
- Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO)
- The National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (NARTRB)
- Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS)
- Canadian Institute for Health Information: Respiratory Therapist
- American Association for Respiratory Care
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