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 Spring 2023 cohort will open Monday February 6, 2023.

RCP Residency Initial Interviews

Interviews for Spring 2023 cohort will be held between March 20-31, 2023 by invitation only.

Upcoming Program Dates

The Spring 2023 program begins May 8, 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.


"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

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.

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 April 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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