Respiratory Care Residency

To take care of acutely ill and injured children in today’s increasingly complex technological environment, new graduates from our Respiratory Care Residency Program acquire extended clinical experiences in neonatal and pediatrics with appropriate support systems for a successful transition from respiratory student to a professional Respiratory Care Provider.

Important Dates

Online Applications
Applications for the Summer 2017 cohort will open May 1, 2017 at 8 am and will close on June 15, 2017 at 4 pm.

Packet Deadline
The online packet for the Summer 2017 cohort must be uploaded with your online application by Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5pm.

RCP Residency Initial Interviews  
Interviews for Summer 2017 cohort will be Friday, July 14, 2017 by invitation only and RSVP required. No walk-ins.

Upcoming Program Dates
The Summer 2017 program begins Monday, August 14, 2017.

  • Program Curriculum
  • Retention Rate
  • Testimonials

One-to-One Preceptor Training
Our RCP residents spend 75% of the program time receiving one-to-one precepted training in the clinical setting. Our preceptors are experienced bedside pediatric and neonatal RCP’s who are specially trained to provide expert clinical guidance to the resident.

Skills and Practice
Our RCP residents spend the remaining 25% of the program time in the classroom and skills lab.  These sessions are taught by our experienced pediatric and neonatal RCP’s, subject matter experts, and clinical specialists.  Sessions give the residents the tools necessary to make the transition from new graduate RCP to specialty neonatal and pediatric RCP.

Dedicated Mentors, Coaches, and Resources
A mentor is there to help guide the resident in their career development and provide them with the tools needed for them to grow professionally.

Supportive Debriefing
Our RCP residents participate in supportive debriefing and self care groups throughout the program. Our debriefing sessions are mediated by various members of our multidisciplinary team. In these forums you can vent your stresses and share your experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Looping
The looping experience is an individualized rotation/orientation to different areas where RCP’s are used such as Emergency Transport, Pulmonary Function and Sleep Lab.

The Versant RCP Residency Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles was launched in 2006, and has resulted in career satisfaction rates of our previous residents, such that we have a 92% retention rate of new residents who work at our hospital.


"I felt well-prepared after the residency." - Tran Nguyen, 2008 Respiratory Therapist Resident


"It is great to know there is someone willing to help if you are in need." - Edwin Khatchetourian, 2008 Respiratory Therapist Resident


"I loved the residency. I think one of the biggest concerns of every new grad is making that transition from being a student to a licensed professional, and the residency definitely made that transition feasible while building a lot of confidence in us at the same time.  What I appreciated most from the program though, was the fact that it provided many resources for us; from day one to now I haven't felt alone. With the residency, I couldn't think of any better way to start off my new career." - Jose Duran Gomez, 2009 RCP Resident

How to Apply

  • Qualifying Criteria
  • Online Application
  • Complete the Packet
  • License and Certifications
  • Interview Process

If you graduated from an RCP program within the last year you are eligible for the RCP Residency Program. A graduate of an advanced RCP program is preferred. The number of positions in the program is limited. 

Note: you must have your active California RCP license by the Monday prior to the start of the program (one week prior to the start of the program) and an RRT plus you must have an active American Heart association BLS and PALS card to start the program.

You may only apply for the residency program when the program indicates that it is accepting applications. Follow the steps below:

  1. The online application will be open from May 1, 2017 – June 15, 2017. Click here to apply.
  2. Complete the entire application (blank applications will not be accepted).   
  3. We have a new on line application process which will require you to upload your packet in a PDF format at the same time when you apply for the position. The Packet will be up loaded under the “Resume” section as a PDF.  If it is larger than 4 MB then it would need to be separated into 2 parts; Resume area and Cover Letter area (up to 4 MB each area). 

Packet requirements for PDF:

  • Cover Letter (addressed to Whom it may concern)
  • Current Resume
  • 3 Reference letters, 1 from a clinical instructor, 2 Professional 
  • Official/Unofficial College transcripts and Diploma from an accredited institution  (Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree)
  • Copy of all professional certifications on one page

We have a new on line application process which will require you to upload your packet in a PDF format at the same time when you apply for the position. The Packet will be up loaded under the “Resume” section as a PDF. If it is larger than 4 MB then it would need to be separated into 2 parts; Resume area and Cover Letter area (up to 4 MB each area).

Packet requirements for PDF:

  • Cover Letter (addressed to Whom it may concern)
  • Current Resume
  • 3 Reference letters, 1 from a clinical instructor, 2 Professional
  • Official/Unofficial College transcripts and Diploma from an accredited institution  (Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree)
  • Copy of all professional certifications on one page

The completed residency packet and online application must be completed by June 15, 2017, 4pm.  

Must have current American Heart Association CPR, PALS and NRP Cards and must not expire for six months into the program. You must have your Respiratory CA License and RRT by August 7, 2017.

After you submit your online application with your upload PDF packet to the Human Resources Department, if selected, you will receive an invitation to the RCP Residency initial interview meeting. You must RSVP to reserve a spot for the initial interview.

  • Initial interview will be Friday, July 14, 2017 by invitation only
  • If selected for a second interview, the second interview will be held on July 19 – July 24
  • If hired, a post-offer physical will be held on July 31 – Aug 4 only
  • If you have further questions, please contact an RCP Recruiter at chlacareers2@chla.usc.edu.

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