Scopes of Practice > Respiratory Therapists



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

The practice of respiratory therapy is the providing of oxygen therapy, cardio-respiratory equipment monitoring and the assessment and treatment of cardio-respiratory and associated disorders to maintain or restore ventilation.



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

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Summarized Controlled Acts

Administering a substance by injection or inhalation

Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis or mucous membrane (partial)

Putting an instrument, hand or finger, into natural or artificial body openings (partial)



Authorized Acts

4. In the course of engaging in the practice of respiratory therapy, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Performing a prescribed procedure below the dermis.

2. Intubation beyond the point in the nasal passages where they normally narrow or beyond the larynx.

3. Suctioning beyond the point in the nasal passages where they normally narrow or beyond the larynx.

4. Administering a substance by injection or inhalation.

5. Administering a prescribed substance by inhalation. 1991, c. 39, s. 4; 1998, c. 18, Sched. G, s. 44 (2); 2009, c. 26, s. 25 (1).

Additional requirements for authorized acts

5.  (1)  A member shall not perform a procedure under the authority of paragraph 1, 2 or 4 of section 4 unless the procedure is ordered by,

(a) a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the College of Midwives of Ontario or the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario;

(b) a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario who holds an extended certificate of registration under the Nursing Act, 1991; or

(c) a member of a health profession that is prescribed by regulation. 1998, c. 18, Sched. G, s. 44 (3).