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  • Objectives
    This three-year program is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for registration as a Respiratory Therapist in Ontario and has been approved by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO). The program will be put forth for accreditation by the Council of Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Education, (CoARTE). It will prepare students with the knowledge, skills attitudes and judgment necessary to perform their role within the scope of practice as Registered Respiratory Therapists. The theoretical portion of the program is delivered at Conestoga College while the practical instruction is provided by outside affiliated hospitals.
  • Practical experience
    There is a practical component associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Respiratory Therapy Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    HEAL1020     Wellness: The Better You

    Description: This course will introduce the students to the concept of wellness and provide practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of their lives. The students will, through lectures, group associations, practical experience and self-evaluation explore such issues as stress-management, self-responsibility, physical fitness, nutrition, social interaction, the relationship between feelings and thinking and the rationale for holistic health alternatives.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PNUR1035     Anatomy And Physiology
    Description: The focus of this on-line course is on the basic structure and function of the human body. Knowledge of the theories of homeostasis and the basic structure of cells, tissues, organs, and systems provides the student with a solid preparation for more detailed physiology in Physiology & Pathophysiology. Basic microbiology related to practice and human disease is included.
    A weekly one-hour tutorial is available to assist the student to be successful in this course.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    RTH1010     Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology
    Description: This course will cover in detail the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. Topics to be discussed are the blood, heart and blood vessels, hemodynamics, invasive and non-invasive assessment of the cardiovascular system, fetal circulation and lymphatic circulation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    CoRequisites: RTH1020

    RTH1015     Field Studies I
    Description: A study of the advanced theory and application of the technique and equipment for airway management. This course is skills based and didactic material is covered as it applies to specific skills needed to practice at the bedside as a Respiratory Therapist.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 1
    CoRequisites: RTH1010, RTH1020, RTH1050

    RTH1020     Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
    Description: A detailed study of the structure and function of the respiratory system. Anatomy, mechanics, ventilation, gas exchange, circulation, gas transport, and nervous control of ventilation will all be discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    CoRequisites: RTH1010

    RTH1035     Applied Science

    Description: This course introduces the student to the basic principles of chemistry and physics necessary for the study of respiratory therapy. The principles include gas laws, fluids in motion and aerosol. The student will be able to relate these concepts to respiratory equipment and human physiology.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    CoRequisites: RTH1050

    RTH1050     General Therapeutics

    Description: This course deals with five broad topics of General Therapeutic: aerosol therapy, sputum induction, suction therapy, chest drainage and bronchoscopy. This course is primarily skills based. The theory covers specific skills needed to practice as a Respiratory Therapist.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    CoRequisites: RTH1020

    Level Two
    RTH1080     Introductory Pathophysiology

    Description: This course is an introduction into the manifestations, presentations, therapeutic interventions and outcomes of various respiratory disorders.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1010, RTH1020, RTH1050
    CoRequisites: RTH1090, RTH1100

    RTH1090     Patient Care Procedures

    Description: This portion of General Therapeutics deals with five broad topics: aerosol therapy, sputum induction, suction therapy, chest drainage and bronchoscopy. This course is primarily skills based. The didactic material is covered as it applied to specific skills needed to practice as a Respiratory therapist.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1010, RTH1020, RTH1050
    CoRequisites: RTH1080, RTH1100, RTH1110

    RTH1100     Patient Evaluation
    Description: This course is an introduction to Patient Assessment. The student will learn how to obtain a patient history; and to interpret vital signs, basic chest radiography, and common lab tests. An introduction to charting and chest physical therapy is also incorporated. This course also has a laboratory component, where the students will be able to practice these skills.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1010, RTH1020, RTH1050
    CoRequisites: RTH1080, RTH1090

    RTH1110     Ventilators I
    Description: This course addresses the fundamental theories and principles surrounding mechanical ventilation. Emphasis is on indications for mechanical ventilation, the patient - ventilator circuit, common modes of ventilation, introductory waveform and weaning strategies. In addition, the physiology of mechanical ventilation and its effects on body systems is explored.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1010, RTH1020, RTH1035, RTH1050
    CoRequisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100

    RTH1135     Field Studies II

    Description: This course is an introduction to the role of the Respiratory Therapist in a wide variety of settings. It provides the students with exposure to many areas of practice. The student will be given the opportunity to observe respiratory related skills in a patient care setting.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1010, RTH1020, RTH1035, RTH1050
    CoRequisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110, RTH2090

    RTH2090     Professional Responsibilities
    Description: To function as a professional in the acute and community care setting requires the acquisition of many skills, attitudes, and dispositions. This course will cover professional responsibilities, medical ethics, and communication issues specific to health care. It also covers methods the practitioner can use to cope with stress, shift work and administrative duties related to Respiratory Therapy.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Three
    RTH2000     Pharmacology

    Description: This course will introduce the student to essential pharmacological principles in regards to several classes of drugs utilized in Respiratory Therapy; agents covered include bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and cardiac agents among others.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110

    RTH2015     Hospital Practicum/Simulation I
    Description: This course is an introduction to the clinical experience of working as a Respiratory Therapist in the home care setting. The student will be given the opportunity to observe and sometimes practice Respiratory Therapy related skills in a patient care setting.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110
    CoRequisites: RTH2000, RTH2030, RTH2040, RTH2070, RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160

    RTH2030     Advanced Practice
    Description: This course addresses specialized concepts and practices encountered by Respiratory Therapists. Focus is on emerging trends and evidence based practice as it relates to Respiratory Therapy. Critical analysis of research and statistical methodologies are explored.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110

    RTH2040     Ventilators 2
    Description: This course builds on theory from the previous ventilator course and addresses the practical application of mechanical ventilation for the adult patient. Emphasis is on safely preparing, initiating and adjusting mechanical ventilators to meet the needs of patients who require ventilatory assistance. Didactic and practical laboratory experience related to specific mechanical ventilators is explored.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110
    CoRequisites: RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160

    RTH2070     Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

    Description: This course will introduce the student to the concepts of neonatal and pediatric physiology; including fetal development, the transitional differences between infants, children and adults. Assessments of the newborn and infant, application of respiratory care modalities; as well as the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and treatment for neonatal and pediatric disorders will also be discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110

    RTH2120     Blood Analysis and Diagnostics

    Description: Provides the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in the area of Blood Gas Analysis and procurement. Practical laboratory sessions are utilized to obtain procedural competency, familiarity with instrumentation and laboratory quality control.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110
    CoRequisites: RTH2040, RTH2155, RTH2160

    RTH2155     Cardiodiagnostics
    Description: This course addresses the theory for various cardiodiagnostic equipment, procedures and practices currently in use. Emphasis is on hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation, cardiovascular and pulmonary vascular disorders, shock, fluid balance and cardio-diagnostic procedures. Laboratory sessions challenge learners with the principles, management and interpretation of hemodynamics and ECG monitoring.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110

    RTH2160     Airway Interventions

    Description: A study of the advanced theory and application of the technique and equipment for airway management. This course is skills based and didactic material is covered as it applies to specific skills needed to practice at the bedside as a Respiratory Therapist.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: RTH1080, RTH1090, RTH1100, RTH1110
    CoRequisites: RTH2040, RTH2155

    Level Four
    RTH2050     Pulmonary Diagnostics

    Description: This course provides the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in the area of pulmonary diagnostics. Practical laboratory sessions are utilized to obtain procedural competency, familiarity with instrumentation and maintenance in laboratory quality control.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2000, RTH2015, RTH2030, RTH2040, RTH2070, RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160

    RTH2080     Advanced Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

    Description: An in-depth study and analysis of respiratory disturbances. The course emphasis will be placed on acquiring an understanding of the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of the diseases, thus leading to an understanding of treatment, establishing of therapeutic goals, and a schedule for ongoing assessment.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2000, RTH2015, RTH2030, RTH2040, RTH2070, RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160

    RTH2100     Respiratory Care Clinical Simulation

    Description: This course is an introduction to the clinical experience of working as a Respiratory Therapist in the Hospital setting. It encompasses many different hospital rotations. The student will be given the opportunity to observe and sometimes practice Respiratory Therapy related skills in a patient care setting.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2000, RTH2015, RTH2030, RTH2040, RTH2070, RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160
    CoRequisites: RTH2050, RTH2080, RTH2110, RTH2140

    RTH2110     Anesthesia
    Description: An introduction to the basic principles of general anesthesia, anesthetic pharmacology (both inhalation and intravenous), and the equipment utilized. There are sections on surgical risk, patient monitoring, and recovery.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2000, RTH2015, RTH2040, RTH2070, RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160

    RTH2140     Ventilators 3
    Description: This course builds on theory from the previous ventilator courses as well as addresses the practical application of mechanical ventilation for the neonatal patient. Emphasis is on non-traditional ventilatory support strategies applicable to both the neonatal and adult patient populations. Didactic and practical laboratory experience related to specific mechanical ventilators is expected.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2000, RTH2015, RTH2030, RTH2040, RTH2070, RTH2120, RTH2155, RTH2160

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Five
    RTH2170     Hospital Practicum II

    Description: The clinical practicum experience occurs over a total of 13 weeks where the student will learn, practice and demonstrate clinical competency in accordance with the National Competency Profile in a variety of skills and patient care settings.
    Hours: 555
    Credits: 19
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2050, RTH2080, RTH2100, RTH2110, RTH2140

    RTH2180     Pediatric and Neonatal Practicum
    Description: The clinical practicum experience occurs over a total of 5 weeks where the student will learn, practice and demonstrate clinical competency in accordance with the National Competency Profile in the pediatric and neonatal populations.
    Hours: 187
    Credits: 7
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2050, RTH2080, RTH2100, RTH2110, RTH2140

    Level Six
    RTH3050     Hospital Practicum III

    Description: The clinical practicum experience is a continuation of Hospital Practicum II, occurring over a total of 13 weeks where the student will learn, practice and demonstrate clinical competency in accordance with the National Competency Profile in a variety of skills and patient care settings.
    Hours: 555
    Credits: 19
    Pre-Requisites: RTH2170, RTH2180

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