Respiratory Therapy


Registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) are highly skilled regulated health care professionals who strive to provide patient- and family-centered care to all patient populations, from newborns to the elderly. Registered respiratory therapists or “RTs” are an integral part of interprofessional teams and participate in implementing evidence-based practice and evaluating respiratory care.

RRTs at North York General Hospital provide expertise in airway management, acute respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, high risk deliveries, general respiratory assessment, and diagnostic procedures. In addition, the RTs are essential members of the Critical Care Response Team and the Code Blue and Pink teams.

The Respiratory Therapy Department is a 24-hour/7 day a week inpatient service. Respiratory services are provided to all areas of the hospital including the Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit, Labour and Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and medical and surgical inpatient units.

Anesthesia assistants at NYGH are RRTs with advanced training working collaboratively as part of the anesthesia care team. Anesthesia assistants provide care to surgical patients during general, regional, or procedural sedation under the supervision of and immediate availability of the anesthesiologist.

Education program

Respiratory Therapy Program

The program is affiliated with the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education. This comprehensive program encompasses interprofessional education outlining professional competencies to better prepare students in acquiring the skills necessary to perform according to their scope of practice as well as effectively in health care teams. Students will have the opportunity to participate in North York General Hospital's Interprofessional Education Structured Workshops.

Students will have the opportunity to learn within interprofessional teams providing respiratory care within a variety of practice settings including the Critical Care Unit, Emergency Department, Critical Care Response Team, inpatient units, Surgery, pulmonary function lab, and with the Michener's external partners in neonatal and paediatric care.

At NYGH, students are provided with the clinical experience required for the adoption of professional standards, attitudes and behaviours in addition to preparation for the national credentialing examination of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) and provincial licensure with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO). Evaluation emphasis will be placed on health and safety, professionalism, communication, teamwork, analysis and problem solving, and performance of clinical competencies.

Anesthesia Assistant Graduate Certificate Program

Placements for the clinical practicum portion are offered which comprise of a 12-week placement to be completed within a six-month consecutive time frame. NYGH is also an external partner for the two-week elective rotation required for completion of the program.

Seeking a placement

The Respiratory Therapy Program is a full-time, entry to practice advanced diploma program which is completed over seven semesters spanning three years. In semester 6 and 7, students undergo their clinical placement which is assigned through the Michener's Office for Clinical Education. The 32-week clinical education component is coordinated through the Professional Practice Leader (PPL) for Respiratory Therapy. Students will be scheduled within specific rotations at the General site.

Students will receive a one-week clinical orientation before the start of the clinical schedule which starts every August. Students will work closely under the supervision of RRTs and have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of their program. Please contact the Michener Institute for further information.

The Anesthesia Assistant Graduate Certificate program is a three-semester program. A prerequisite for clinical placement at NYGH includes a letter from the Chief of Anesthesia indicating support for clinical education prior to starting the program. Student placement for the two-week elective rotation will be assigned by the Michener Institute.

For more information contact Darlene Baldaro, Professional Practice Leader for Respiratory Therapy.

Starting a placement

Placement prerequisites
The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:
  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion
Prior to first day

  • Complete online registration form (Link will be emailed to you.)
  • Complete all online mandatory training
  • Review the Student Orientation package which will be emailed to you prior to arrival.
Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies and to provide you with information required for your placement. An email will be sent by the PPL/Clinical Coordinator to the Respiratory Therapy students with information about profession specific orientation.

On the first day
Bring with you:
Registration documents
  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance – if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.


Darlene Baldaro, BSc, RRT
Professional Practice Leader Respiratory Therapy, Clinical Respiratory Educator, Clinical Coordinator for Michener Institute Respiratory Therapy Program
Tel: 416-756-6781, Ext. 2
Location: 6N-610

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805

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