TRU Science

Clinical Practicum

The clinical year allows students to gain practical experience in all aspects of respiratory therapy. Upon completion of Level 1, June - November, students are expected to meet certain predetermined objectives in all rotations. Level 2, December - April, is a further mastery of these same objectives.

The year can is divided into three main areas of practice:

  1. Diagnostics: blood gas analysis, pulmonary function, electrocardiography, stress testing, bronchoscopy.
  2. Therapy: medical surgical rotation, paediatrics and nursery, and respiratory therapy department.
  3. Critical care: adult and neonatal intensive care, operating room and anaesthesia, and coronary care.

Students must pass the theory course with an overall grade of 60 percent or better. They must also achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final examinations. The final mark is either a pass or fail for clinical courses.

Students work the equivalent of 35 hours each week, and may be assigned shift work. Clinical training involves rotation between the accredited hospitals, and these rotations may be:

  • Interior - Vancouver or Vancouver - Interior
  • Vancouver - Vancouver
  • Vancouver - Victoria or Victoria - Vancouver

Hospitals affiliated with the TRU Respiratory Therapy program include:


  • Kelowna General Hospital

Lower Mainland

  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster)
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • St Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver)
  • BC Children’s Hospital (Vancouver)

Victoria (both are part of the Victoria rotation)

  • Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Victoria General Hospital

Clinical practicum year courses