Clinical Course Information
Clinical Courses throughout the BRT program provide students with first hand supervised experience in hospital and clinical settings with real patients.  This enables the student to acquire the skills and knowledge to be able to:
  • Describe the role of the Respiratory Therapist in various practice settings where respiratory care is provided
  • Practice providing respiratory care to adult/ pediatric and neonatal patients with the supervision of a Registered Respiratory Therapist, as part of an inter-professional care team
  • Demonstrate competence in a selection of general adult/pediatric and neonatal respiratory care related competencies outlined in the Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework

Each site has a designated Clinical Instructor to oversee and support the student’s clinical education experience at the particular site. The student will be assigned a preceptor staff member of the Department of Respiratory Therapy to facilitate achievement of the clinical competencies and objective of the course.  Students and Preceptors will work collaboratively to plan and work together to achieve course competencies throughout the duration of the course.


CompKeepr is a web-based competency and evaluation management tool the RT program utilizes, which is custom-designed to support the RT Clinical Education Program. Students, instructors, support staff, and preceptors can log in to the system online or use their mobile device to accurately track pertinent information, such as the achievement of educational objectives and competency completion and to provide feedback and evaluation to students.  

Key Benefits of CompKeepr:

  • Reduction in accumulation of paper evaluation and competency binders printed
  • Mitigates errors in the tracking of student evaluations
  • Enables instructors to view student progress in real time
  • Enables instructors to identify student’s weaknesses earlier
  • CompKeepr is responsible for continuous educational support as well as system maintenance and set up
  • Fully customizable to suit the specific needs of the program

Professional Attire in Clinical Settings

The purpose of the dress code is to promote a neat and professional appearance to patients, visitors and staff, at all times. 

  • All clothing shall be clean, neat and of suitable style to promote a professional appearance.
  • Students required to wear uniforms in patient care areas are not to wear such uniforms to and from the hospital premises.
  • All students must wear U of M ID; mask fit test card and WRHA photo ID at all times.
  • R. greens should be worn only in the Anaesthesia rotation and the Maternal-Fetal rotation.
  • Personal hygiene and general appearance shall also comply with the requirements of the clinical site.
  • Hair must be clean and well groomed.
  • Long hair should be worn up when in contact with patients.
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times and must conform to safety standards, closed toed and with complete protection.
  • Footwear should not produce disruptive noise and should be clean and in good repair.
  • Jewelry should be worn in moderation and good taste.
  • Jewelry may not be permitted in some clinical areas.
  • Policies of clinical areas must be adhered to strictly.
  • Scented products should not be worn in patient care areas.
  • All students, faculty and staff of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences are asked to refrain from using strong smelling scented products including perfumes, hairsprays, aftershaves, lotions etc. Scented products can trigger or aggravate health problems for some people, such as those with asthma, allergies or other health conditions. Other cosmetics may be worn in moderation.
  • Those in direct contact with patients must maintain short and clean fingernails, no artificial nails due to infection control policies.

Clinical Education Sites may have specific dress code information and uniform requirements. This information will be provided to students by the course coordinator prior to the first day of clinical courses. Violation of site policies may result in students being required to leave the clinical education site. This decision is at the discretion of the Year 3 Coordinator, Clinical Course

Coordinator, or Clinical Preceptor. Any clinical time missed for this reason must be rescheduled at a time convenient to the program and the clinical site.

Course scheduling

Students may be scheduled to undertake clinical education coursework at any time throughout year three of the BRT program. The current schedule is as follows:

Year 1 – RESP 1460 Basic Fieldwork 1 - 4 weeks – May

Year 2 – RESP 2380 Basic Fieldwork 2 - 4 weeks – June 

Year 3- All Clinical Courses take place beginning the third week in August and end the last week of April.

Weekly schedules will be determined by the clinical education coordinator, in collaboration with the clinical sites. Schedules will be communicated to the students in advance of commencement of the clinical education course by the clinical education coordinator. 

Preceptor Evaluations

Daily evaluation feedback is completed by the preceptors or clinical instructors. The intent of the Daily evaluation is to provide the student time and guidelines to improve their performance before the final evaluation is completed. Students will be provided the feedback necessary to improve performance and areas to focus on each day, so they can successfully reach the course goals.

Final Formative Student Evaluation forms are completed by the Clinical Instructor once the rotation or course is completed. 

All evaluations are shared with the student via the CompKeepr System.  All evaluations are accessible to the clinical course coordinator. 

Clinical Course Evaluation

In order to successfully complete a clinical course the student must:

  1. Successfully attempt (Yr. 1 and Yr.2) or complete (Yr. 3) competency-based evaluation benchmarks outlined within the CompKeepr System as evaluated by the clinical preceptor or clinical instructor.
  2. Complete 40 clinical hours per week as required in all clinical courses.
  3. Complete Clinical Course and Clinical Site evaluations at the end of all clinical courses.
  4. Achieve a Pass on the Student Final Clinical Course evaluation as determined by the course coordinator, based on satisfactory summative preceptor evaluations.
  5. Complete the reflective writing requirements or Self Assessments for the course

Clinical courses will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis, reflecting successful completion of all elements listed above. 

Please see course syllabus for specific evaluation criteria.

No Letter Grade will be given for Clinical Courses.

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance is expected of all students in all courses.  Unexplained absences or persistent non-attendance may result in disbarment from clinical courses and failure in that course.  Refer to the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Handbook for more information about this policy.

Plagiarism and Cheating:

You are reminded that plagiarism, cheating and impersonation at any time are serious offences subject to disciplinary measures at the University that may lead to suspension or expulsion.  Please read the appropriate parts of the Undergraduate Calendar dealing with this topic.

Cell Phone Use in the Clinical Areas

Use of cell phones and the cellular communications capabilities of other electronic devices in the clinical areas is at the discretion of each clinical site.  Personal use such as making telephone calls, texting or engaging in social media, in patient care areas is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  Students may be asked to leave the clinical site if they are found to be doing these activities in patient care areas. Please turn cell phones off or switch to silent mode and disable the cellular functions of other devices when participating in Respiratory Therapy patient care activities. 

Use of Laptop and Tablet Computers in the Clinical Sites

Use is permitted upon the discretion of the clinical site.  

The Department of Respiratory Therapy supports the use of these electronic devices in the classroom/clinical RT departments (NOT PATIENT CARE AREAS) as a means to enhance the effectiveness of the teaching and learning environment, and to meet evolving preferences for access to course materials. Some classes may involve activities where the instructor encourages the use of electronic devices as an option for undertaking coursework (e.g., searching the internet for information, generating a small group report, etc.).  Students may wish to utilize electronic devices to access course notes made available on UMLearn.  This option provides an environmentally sensitive solution to printing paper copies of those notes, and can result in substantial cost savings for the student. 

The Department of Respiratory Therapy encourages students to take advantage of the benefits of these devices in an appropriate and professional manner.  Students should use discernment and professional judgment in determining appropriate use of laptop computers during other school-related activities outside of classroom instruction. Instructors may use their discretion and indicate to students when behaviours related to laptop use are not appropriate and should cease. We thank you in advance for using your laptop in a respectful and appropriate manner.

It is recognized that Student Accessibility Services sometimes recommends the use of a laptop computer for students for accommodation of special needs. Students are encouraged to discuss these recommendations with instructors prior to commencing class.