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Respiratory Externship Program


Would you like to broaden your skills and expand your respiratory therapy expertise? If you’re an advanced student of an accredited, respiratory care school, our pediatric externship program can provide the specialized skills, knowledge, and experience that will allow you to excel in the field of pediatric respiratory care.

At Children’s, you’ll work side by side with the best practitioners in their fields. We’ve become one of the largest and best-respected pediatric hospitals by recruiting and training people whose top priority is to help us fulfill our mission: to make life better for kids. That’s why Children’s the only pediatric hospital in the region ranked in all 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

The Respiratory Externship Program, which is designed to complement and enhance the respiratory school curriculum, accepts eight externs each year. The program begins with applicant interviews in June and July and ends when you graduate from your accredited respiratory school.

A 16-week didactic portion of the program begins in August and ends in December. For one day each week, you’ll receive training related to specific pediatric respiratory diseases and therapies. When you successfully complete this first part of the program, you will earn an Internal Certificate of Completion for the Pediatric Respiratory ExternshipDidactic Program.

Then, in December, you’ll begin the clinical portion of this program and will be required to work one clinical shift per week to practice your skills and gain pediatric experience.

If you participate in this program, it is expected that you will not accept employment at another facility until graduation or termination of employment at Children’s, and you will not be able to work as a student therapist at any other facility. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the director of respiratory care services.


In order to apply, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in accredited program for professional respiratory care, BS program preferred
  • Have a GPA of at last 3.4
  • Be in your junior year if you are a BS-level student
  • Be in the fall semester of your sophomore year if you are an Associate of Arts or three-year program student.

To apply, you must provide the following:

  • An official transcript
  • A completed application
  • A letter of recommendation from a clinical instructor or program director
  • A paragraph stating why you should be chosen and what you hope to gain from the program

For more information, please email careers@childrens.com and place Respiratory Extern in the subject line. Unfortunately, due to the volume of calls, we’re not able to respond to all telephone inquiries. For the fastest response, please send your inquiry by email.