About the program
Neonatal care is a crucial component of the health care system, and respiratory therapists are core members of the interprofessional neonatal care team. NICU competencies are a part of the National Competency Framework for Respiratory Therapy, but it is widely recognized that additional education is needed for the RRT entering the NICU environment. The Respiratory Therapy - Neonatal Care program is intended to augment training of active Respiratory Therapists, thus reducing the cost of bringing new hires onto the NICU to the required levels of performance and contributing to improved patient care. The program is aimed at Registered Respiratory Therapists who wish to best prepare themselves for practice in a neonatal intensive care environment. The program builds on the knowledge and skill gained during the pre-registration respiratory therapy program through a combination of on-line theory, skills acquisition and clinically immersive simulation.
All courses must be completed within 2 years of acceptance into the program.
Students must register into the program before they can sign up for individual courses via the student portal. Elaine Wigglesworth will verify that they show proof that they are graduates of an accredited Canadian respiratory therapy program, certified and in good standing with the regulatory college applicable to their home jurisdiction.
Students must be graduates of an accredited Canadian respiratory therapy program, certified and in good standing with the regulatory college applicable to their home jurisdiction.
Application will be made through the Conestoga Admission Office. Upon receipt of the application and supporting documentation a turnaround document will be generated and assessed by the program. Admission will be based on verification of the above requirements.
Graduates will be well positioned to work as Registered Respiratory Therapists in neonatal units
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- Apply Respiratory Therapy Standards of Practice ensuring a professional manner is maintained at all times and promoting a family-centered approach to neonatal care.
- Develop an evidence informed approach to practice and a commitment to life-long learning.
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with families, colleagues and members of the interprofessional health care team.
- Conduct complete neonatal patient assessments including health history taking, physical assessment and diagnostic modalities.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate treatment / therapeutic interventions to optimize neonatal patient's health outcomes using specialized approaches and techniques.
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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.