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Transition from an academic setting to a professional career through a respiratory training program that empowers you with the skills and confidence to become a successful Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Memorial Hermann offers a unique program designed to transition the new graduate, or respiratory care therapist with less than twelve months of work experience, from the academic setting to the professional environment working with neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients. Our program offers a comprehensive 6-month training program that includes professional development and didactic clinical competency enhancement, with the oversight of a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) preceptor and dedicated RCP Clinical Education Resource Specialist.  

The residency program will prepare participants to take care of acutely ill and injured patients in today’s increasingly complex healthcare environment. New graduates from our Respiratory Care Residency Program will participate in robust clinical experiences in patient care practices with appropriate support systems for a successful transition from respiratory student to a professional Respiratory Care Practitioner.

Additional opportunities for growth include a competitive clinical ladder program to advance your career along with additional educational enhancements and trainings.

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 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, skills lab and sim lab. These sessions are taught by our experienced RCP’s, subject matter experts, and clinical specialists. Educational sessions give the residents the tools necessary to make the transition from new graduate to competent and confident RCP. 
Dedicated Mentors, Coaches & 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 and clinically.
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.

Program Specifics


  • Applications for the Respiratory Care Residency Program are open twice each year: in the Fall for the Spring cohort and in the Summer for the Fall cohort. 

  • Start date for the next cohort will be upon graduation and receipt of Texas Respiratory Care Practitioner License for Fall/Winter graduates with program seminars and courses beginning March 2024.  


  • Graduation from an accredited RCP program in the last year.

  • Less than twelve months of work experience.

  • Current and unrestricted State of Texas Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) License or temporary Respiratory Care Practitioner license.

  • ​​​Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR (American Heart Association).
  • Additional certifications may be required based on respiratory unit requirements. Respiratory residents to complete ALCS/PALS as part of the residency program requirements, provided through the program.

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