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Contact information

Professional leader
Sandi Ellis
Phone: 416-480-6100 ext. 7757
Email: sandi.ellis
@sunnybrook.ca

Respiratory therapists

Welcome to respiratory therapy education at Sunnybrook. In total there are approximately 85 full- and part-time respiratory therapists employed within our institution. We have a commitment to clinical education and serve as a base hospital as well as a specialty site for the third-year clinical placements from the respiratory therapy program at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. We also provide clinical placements for the anaesthesia assistant graduate certificate program at Michener. Over 25 student placements occur at our facility on an annual basis.

Information on these pages has been designed for the potential or current respiratory therapy student.

Program structure

Sunnybrook is organized in a program management model. Respiratory therapists are employed in primarily three programs of Sunnybrook (trauma, emergency and critical care, women and babies, and OR and related services) but provide care across the continuum of healthcare (acute to chronic, in-patient to out-patient) and across the continuum of life (babies to adults) offering our learners a range of opportunities not readily available at other institutions.

Respiratory therapy professional practice and student education is under the leadership of Sandi Ellis (416-480-6100, ext 7757).

Student placements

Clinical placements for respiratory therapy are determined by the Clinical Placement Office at Michener. Students cannot apply directly to Sunnybrook for a placement.

Length of placement

Michener students participate in a 31-week clinical placement during their third year of study. During this period, students are assigned to an affiliated base hospital as well as a variety of other sites for specialty training. The chart below shows placements that occur at Sunnybrook.

Area of study
Length of placement
Intensive care (base hospital rotation)
Five weeks in semester one (August -December)
Five weeks in semester two (January - April)
General wards (base hospital rotation)
Three weeks in semester one (August -December)
Three weeks in semester two (January - April)
Pulmonary function testing (base hospital rotation)
Two weeks in semester one or two
Operating room (base hospital rotation)
Three weeks in semester one or two
Neonatal (specialty rotation)
Four weeks in semester one or two

Respiratory therapy students who are not studying at the Michener are considered out-of-catchment students. Timing and length of out-of-catchment placements varies according to the learning institution that the student is attending. While Sunnybrook welcomes students from other programs, these arrangements should be initiated through the respiratory therapy program at Michener.

Assessment of students

Respiratory therapy students from the Michener and all Canadian respiratory therapy programs are assessed using the national competency profile (PDF).

All students are required to evaluate their clinical experience at Sunnybrook by completing a site evaluation available through their educational institution.

Regulatory body

The respiratory therapy profession is regulated in Ontario by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. Regulations and standards for students and practicing clinicians are available at this linked site.

The Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario is the provincial professional association and the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapy is the national professional association. These web-sites provide information on courses and conferences offered to clinicians and students alike.