Conestoga College

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Respiratory Therapy

Conestoga College

Faculty:Doon Campus
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,879

International fees are currently unavailable.

Enrolment #:36
Careers:Respiratory Therapists


This three-year program is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist based on the National Competency Framework for Respiratory Therapy. The program is nationally accredited by Accreditation Canada. This fully integrated program provides a diverse learning environment that utilizes classroom education, laboratory sessions, clinically immersive simulation, e-learning, and early clinical exposure with continuous role modeling of the profession. This career-focused program is further enhanced through the adoption of the I4 approach to curriculum. This involves planning and delivery of curriculum that is Impactful, Intentional, Integrated and Interprofessional. It will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical thinking ability for proficiency within both the critical care and community care environments. Work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences will take place at our health-care partner sites throughout southern Ontario.

Respiratory therapists specialize in the identification and treatment of various cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists are an integral part of the health-care team providing services such as ventilation and airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, oxygen and aerosol therapy, patient assessment and evaluation, assisting at high-risk births and assisting with anesthesia in the operating room. In the community, respiratory therapists bring their expertise to home care, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) education, rehabilitation, education and medical equipment sales.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •   Biology 
  •   Physics 
  •   Chemistry 
Applicants must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.), Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270), Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics (MATH1395), Grade 11 or 12 Physics, C or U, or equivalent, Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Chemistry (SCIE1030), and Grade 11 or 12 Biology, C or U, or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Biology (SCIE1010).
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]
Application Notes : Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test: IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, TOEFL iBT 88, CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60, PTE Academic 58, and Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio
Applicants meeting minimum academic requirements (80% will be 85% for Fall 2020) are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to:
Submit a digital portfolio. The digital portfolio gives applicants an opportunity to present non-academic information relevant to success in the Respiratory Therapy program. Details and directions regarding the preparation and submission of the digital portfolio will be sent to eligible applicants.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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