Respiratory Therapy Program

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Program at a glance:

Credential(s) Earned

Advanced Diploma

Program Length

7 semesters over 3 years

Delivery Method

Full time - In person

Start Date

September 2021


Canadian Student Tuition

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Program Code


Career Opportunities

There is a lot of diversity in the field of Respiratory Therapy. Many RTs work in hospitals in the Intensive Care Unit, Delivery Room, Operating Room, Emergency Department and/or Pulmonary Function Lab. RTs may also bring their skills into the community where they work in home care, complex continuing care or rehabilitation facilities. Opportunities are also growing in business environments, research and education. Further study is available in such areas as: Anesthesia Assistant, Cardiovascular Perfusion

Degree completion option:

With your Diploma you can complete a University Degree.
Bachelor of Health Science (Thompson Rivers university)
Bachelor of Health Administration (Athabasca university)
Bachelor of Health Administration (Ryerson university)
Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (Brock university)

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What is Respiratory Therapy?

Breathing – it’s one of those things we take for granted. Rising levels of pollution, combined with an aging population, are making breathing difficulties more common. Respiratory Therapists are crucial members of the health care team who monitor and treat patients’ cardiopulmonary needs.

What does a Respiratory Therapist do?

Do you like variety? Respiratory Therapists (RT) provide a variety of care for adults, children and newborns. As an RT you would expect to:

  • Be an integral part of the cardiac arrest team
  • Be leaders in the use of mechanical ventilators and other life support equipment
  • Use medications, therapies and tests to assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and lung disease

Respiratory Therapists must have good communication skills and be sensitive to patients’ physical and psychological needs. They must have critical thinking skills and problem solving skills and be able to function well as an interprofessional team member, as well as an autonomous clinician. They must be able to work under pressure with critically ill patients, as well as be patient and compassionate with patients suffering from chronic illness or receiving end-of-life care.

As with many health care fields, the aging population will increase the demand for Respiratory Therapists. Elderly patients suffer most from respiratory ailments and cardiopulmonary diseases such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. In addition, advances in treating victims of heart attacks, accident victims, and premature infants (many of whom are dependent on a ventilator during part of their treatment) will increase the demand for the services of Respiratory Therapists.

Respiratory therapy is a regulated health profession. To work as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario, you must be registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO). The Michener Respiratory Therapy diploma program is approved by the CRTO and accredited by Accreditation Canada. Graduates are eligible to write the national examinations.

Why become a Respiratory Therapist?

Job satisfaction. Whether helping a newborn baby to draw their first breath or helping an elderly patient with chronic lung disease, Respiratory Therapists make a real difference in patients’ lives.

Variety. Respiratory Therapists provide care in many different situations and environments, from therapy for patients at home with emphysema or terminal disease requiring end-of-life care, to emergency care for victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning, or trauma.

How long does it take?

The Respiratory Therapy Program is a full time, entry to practice diploma program which is completed over seven semesters spanning 3 years. There is one student intake each year, in September. The diploma fills all of the requirements for an Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences (Respiratory Therapy).

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Respiratory Therapy program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.

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The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.

Please note this program is currently not open to international applicants.

Tuition fees are based on the entire duration of the program of study. For your convenience, these fees have been broken down into three equal payments that can be made annually. Also, each annual fee can be split into two payments which will be due in the summer and late fall of each academic year.

What will I learn?

When you enroll in the Respiratory Therapy program you will study a variety of subjects, including cardiopulmonary diagnostics and rehabilitation, the physics and dynamics of breathing, pharmacological therapies, adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care.

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For detailed course descriptions please see the  Respiratory Therapy Curriculum page

YEAR 1:Semester 1 – Fall

  • APRS110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BPRS110 Basic Professional Skills
  • CVRS110 Cardio-vascular Diagnostics I
  • RSRS111 Respiratory Care Procedures I


Semester 2 – Winter

  • BARS120 Basic Airway Management
  • CRRS120 Cardio-pulmonary Physiology
  • PFRS120 Pulmonary Diagnostics
  • PVRS121 Pulmonary Ventilation I
  • RSRS121 Respiratory Care Procedures II


YEAR 2: Semester 3 – Fall

  • MDRS230 Disease Management I
  • PVRS230 Pulmonary Ventilation II
  • RMIP231 Research
  • RSRS231 Respiratory Care Procedures III

Semester 4 – Winter

  • MDRS240 Disease Management II
  • SPRS240 Specialty Practice I
  • SPRS241 Specialty Practice II

Semester 5 – Summer

  • CPRS250 Clinical and Simulation Practice
  • PPRS250 Professional Practice
  • SNRS251 Specialty Clinical Simulation

YEAR 3: Semester 6 – Fall

  • CLRS361 Clinical Practice


Semester 7 – Winter

  • CLRS361 Clinical Practice

Program Outcomes

Achieve entry level competencies of the 2016 National Competency Framework (NCF)

  • Manage cardio-respiratory needs
  • Exhibit professional behaviour
  • Educate self, patients, families, colleagues and interprofessional teams
  • Collaborate with patients, families, colleagues and interprofessional teams
  • Uphold principles of quality, safety and wellness
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis and problem solving
  • Integrate evidence based research into clinical practice



Clinical Education

Length:             31 weeks

Start:                Late August

End:                  April

You will be assigned to 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.

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement:

  • First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
  • Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)

Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine.  This vaccine may be mandatory at some clinical sites.  Students must follow clinical site protocol.


The Respiratory Therapy program is an Equal accredited program. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards. Graduating from an accredited program means that:

  • your education has met national standards
  • your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
  • your education is relevant to current healthcare practice
  • you have access to professional registration
  • you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice as defined by NARTRB
  • eligibility to write the National Certification Exam set by The Canadian Board for Respiratory Care
  • your education is recognized by employers and the public
  • you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner

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"The Michener Institute Respiratory Therapy Program provided me with an incredible opportunity to learn my chosen health care profession in an environment geared towards my success. Being surrounded by other future allied health professionals created a unique situation that better prepared me for my future in health care. The cutting edge programs, access to wonderful clinical settings and supportive staff helped me grow and develop as a respiratory therapist and start my career off in the right direction."

Leigh Guertin , Respiratory Therapy Graduate

"Michener's Respiratory Therapy Program provides great learning experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Not only do you learn the core competencies for your program, but you have the opportunity to attend seminars and learn about professional practice, teamwork and the skills that prepare you to enter healthcare institutions."

Crystal Matzos, Respiratory Therapy Graduate