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

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Wendy Foote
519-972-2727 ext. 5291

Program Overview

This program develops the student's cognitive, affective 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 Health Professionals Testing Canada.
  • 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.


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

Synergy Placement Notice to Students

Pre-Placement Requirements

St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

  • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
  • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
  • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


(Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)

Additional Placement Requirements

  • Royal Blue Scrubs - embroidered with program info - available in Windsor Campus Bookstore
  • Stethoscope (Littman Classic III is recommended)
  • Laboratory Textbook (from campus bookstore) "Basic Clinical Lab Competencies for Respiratory Care"
  • Footwear - clean running shoes

COVID-19 Vaccination Placement Notice to Students

This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and, therefore, will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

  • Student placements are assigned at the discretion of the program.
  • Students may be required to obtain further clearances for placement at the discretion of the placement site.
  • Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.
    • Placements may be outside the Windsor/Chatham area
  • Students are responsible for their own accommodation.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and all costs of placements.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required.
  • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement needs and agency availability.

Your Investment

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

2024-2025 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses are 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 on 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.

Smart Start Information

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 healthcare 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-centred care in a range of practice settings*.
  8. Develop, implement and evaluate cardio-respiratory* related learning plans in collaboration with patients/clients*, families and healthcare 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

  • As of Fall 2019, the Respiratory Therapy program has adopted digital textbooks. Ebook/digital prices may be found on the Bookstore website.