Respiratory Care Residency Program

The Respiratory Therapy Department at Stanford Children's Health offers a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) residency program for current second year students or recent graduates (with less than 12 month work experience) to transition knowledge learned in the classroom to professional real world experience. The goal of our six-month program is to train residents and to provide an opportunity to experience Respiratory Care (medical and therapeutic) from simple to complex treatments and advances.

Program Requirements

Completion of this program requires the following:

  • Attendance and completion of all module class sessions
  • Successful completion of all module exams with at least a 70% passing rate
  • Successful completion on all equipment handling and competency check offs
  • Satisfactory performance on all simulation based scenarios
  • Successful submission of a case study meeting the standards for the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
  • Successful completion of training and competency assessment in stocking supplies and equipment

Program Modules

  • Module 1: General introductions to the unit.
  • Module 2: Basic introduction to pediatric assessment, airway, and mechanics. 
  • Module 3: Airway clearance and therapies in pediatrics.
  • Module 4: Airways, rapid response and codes.
  • Module 5: Non-invasive ventilation and home care ventilators.
  • Module 6: Pathophysiology review and the infant/pediatric patient.
  • Module 7: Invasive mechanical ventilation.
  • Module 8: Advanced practice.
  • Module 9: NICU
  • Module 10: PICU
  • Module 11: CVICU
  • Module 12: Department Flow: Assignments and Healthstream
  • Module 13: Roles in the Department. Day with the Supervisor
  • Module 14: Stocking supplies and equipment


  • Current second year students or recent graduates from an American Medical Association (AMA) approved Respiratory Therapy College (with less than one year experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner).
  • Certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) from American Heart Association. The card must be current at the start of the RCP Residency program and must not expire for 12 months into the program.

To be eligible for employment as a Respiratory Care Practitioner at Stanford Children's Health after completion of our Resident Program, an applicant must:

  • Successfully complete the Stanford Children's Health Resident Program
  • Earn their Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credentials
  • Earn their California Licensure (RCP)
  • Must have completed the Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

If a Resident fails any module exam, Stanford Children's Health reserves the right to deny employment and end further participation in the Resident Program.