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 Practitioner. 

Important Dates

Online Applications

Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are now open and will close Wednesday, August 2 at 3 p.m. PST.

RCP Residency Initial Interviews

Interviews for Fall 2023 cohort will be held between August 14 – 24, 2023 by invitation only.

Upcoming Program Dates

The Fall 2023 program begins Oct. 9, 2023.

Program Curriculum

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.


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. 

Retention Rate

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.


Kevin Taloma

"As a new grad Respiratory Care Practitioner, the CHLA residency program gave me the opportunity to excel in the skills I learned as a student while easing me into the real world of healthcare. The 1-to-1 precepted training, classroom hours, and resources the program offered assisted me in building a solid foundation in neonatal/pediatric respiratory care." 
Kevin Taloma, RCP I

Alexander Giesler

"My experience with CHLA has been and continues to be one of the most challenging yet rewarding times of my life. One of the many great things about this program is its ability to build up on my already learnt skills and education from school and help apply such skills to a real-life clinical setting. I remember my first day with the program as I was incredibly nervous, anxious, and excited. As I practice my profession each day, with the assistance of my fellow peers, I become a more knowledgeable and well-rounded respiratory therapist. Honestly, I would not have gotten this far in my career without the help of my preceptors, my peers, and CHLA. I am forever grateful to have received such an amazing opportunity to work with this great hospital." 
Alexander Giesler, RCP I

Alexis Corrales

"The CHLA residency program has given me the opportunity as a new grad to further my education and really take time to settle into a new work environment. I have been surrounded by well rounded therapist’s that are always willing to lend a hand in every situation. Getting the opportunity to train in every unit of the hospital with different therapist helps connect me with not only other respiratory therapist’s but other healthcare workers. The residency program has also created a group of other fellow new grads that I can turn to in a time of need." 
Alexis Corrales, RCP I

Christine Ortiz

"The CHLA Residency program is such a unique opportunity for new grads to learn and grow into their role as a new Respiratory Care Practitioner. This program is designed to guide you every step of the way so that you can succeed. I love the fact that I get precepted training in each unit of the Hospital. Even after your precepted training is complete, you have a huge amount of support from your more experienced Respiratory Care Practitioners. Never once have I felt alone. Every day is a different day that is not only challenging but also rewarding. Although I was nervous when I first started , I do feel I have gained more confidence because of the Residency Program." 
Christine Ortiz, RCP I

How to Apply

Qualifying Criteria

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 RRT and an active California RCP license by the Monday prior to the start of the program plus you must have an active American Heart association BLS and PALS card to start the program. And you will be required to obtained the Neonatal & Pediatric Specialist (NPS) certification within one year of employment.

Online Application

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 on February 6. Click here to apply.
  2. We have a new online application process, when you are ready to apply to the program you will complete and/or upload the following:
  • A resume
  • Cover letter
  • Complete essay questions within the application
  • (Letters of recommendation are neither required nor accepted)

Complete the Packet

We have a new online application process, when you are ready to apply to the program you will complete and/or upload the following:

  • A resume
  • Cover letter
  • Complete essay questions within the application
  • (Letters of recommendation are neither required nor accepted)

License and Certifications

  • 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 Oct. 2, 2023.
  • Must obtained the Neonatal & Pediatric Specialist (NPS) certification within one year of employment.

Interview Process

After you submit your online application, 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.

  • Interview will be via video by invitation only
  • If hired, a post-offer physical will be scheduled a specific week to allow time to start
  • If you have further questions, please contact an RCP Recruiter at

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