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Respiratory Therapist - New Graduate

Location: Aurora, CO, United States
Category: Professional/Management
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: 111069
Date Posted: Jun 26, 2023

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A great opportunity to join our Respiratory Therapy New Graduate Residency Program at University of CO Hospital with UCHealth! This program is a two-year program that includes monthly didactic lectures, hands-on workshops and bedside training. 

Eligible applicants are new grads with no previous respiratory therapy experience.

72 hours/pay period, rotating shifts.

06:30-17:00 & 18:30-07:00. Three 12-hour shifts per week. 

This typically means that you work on 6-week schedule on days and the following 6-week schedule would be on nights.

Details regarding the new grad RT program:

  • Eligible participants will go through a comprehensive interview and screening process.
  • New Hires must receive their RRT certification and BLS and ACLS certifications prior to the start date..
  • Selected candidates will sign a 2-year contract with UCHealth.
  • Each program participant will be required to actively participate in a hospital or department committee.
  • Preceptors, mentors and STAR council members will assist in the development of a STAR portfolio for Level II status.
  • At the completion of the program, residents will present an evidence-based presentation to the program Advisory Board Committee and Respiratory Care Leadership Team
  • The first 12 months will include a consistent and content rich series of lectures and workshops.

Responsibilities of Respiratory Therapist position:

  • Delivers and assesses response to ordered therapy per plan of care. Monitors, records, and communicates patient condition as appropriate.
  • Evaluates respiratory care policies and procedures based on patient outcomes, current research, and best practices. Responds to codes and calls for emergent assistance.
  • Assesses patient condition and delivers appropriate treatment utilizing appropriate protocols.
  • Educates the patient and family about the patient's illness and provides information about community resources.
  • Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgement and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and take appropriate action.


  • Minimum Required Education: Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Therapy program.
  • Required Licensure/Certification: Registered as a Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). State licensure if required by law.
  • No previous RT work experience.
  • BLS and ACLS through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer with card in-hand before start date. BLS or CPR card must be good through sixty days of hire.

The pay rate for this position is: $29.54 / hour. An annual bonus may be paid to eligible employees based upon organizational and individual performance.

UCHealth offers a Five Year Incentive Bonus to recognize employee’s contributions to our success in quality, patient experience, organizational growth, financial goals, and tenure with UCHealth. The bonus accumulates annually each October and is paid out in October following completion of five years’ employment.

UCHealth offers their employees a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package:

  • Full medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plans to include pension plan and 403(b) matching
  • Paid time off. Start your employment at UCHealth with PTO in your bank
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buy-up coverage options
  • Tuition and continuing education reimbursement
  • Wellness benefits
  • 5 year incentive bonus
  • Full suite of voluntary benefits such as identity theft protection and pet insurance
  • Education benefits for employees, including the opportunity to be eligible for 100% of tuition, books and fees paid for by UCHealth for specific educational degrees. Other programs may also qualify for up to $5,250 pre-paid by UCHealth or in the form of tuition reimbursement each calendar year


Loan Repayment:

UCHealth is a qualifying employer for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program!

UCHealth provides employees with free assistance navigating the PSLF program to submit their federal student loans for forgiveness through Savi.

At UCHealth, we do things differently

We believe in something different: a focus on the individuality of every person. In big ways and small, we exist to improve the extraordinary lives of all those we serve. As Colorado’s largest and most innovative health care system, we as a team deliver on the commitment to provide the best possible experience for our patients and their families. We foster a true human connection and give people the freedom to live extraordinary lives. A career at UCHealth is more than a job, it’s a passion.

Going beyond quality requires the perfect balance of talent, integrity, drive and intellectual curiosity. We are looking for individuals who recognize, like us, that the world of medicine is ever-changing and are motivated to do what is right, not what is easy. We support creativity and curiosity so that each of us can find the extraordinary qualities within ourselves. At UCHealth, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you grow and have a meaningful career. There’s no limits to your potential here.

University of Colorado Hospital

U.S. News ranks University of Colorado Hospital as the No. 1 hospital in Colorado. Additionally, nine of our specialties are ranked among the nation’s best with a national ranking of #2 in Pulmonology & Lung Surgery. University of Colorado Hospital is the region’s only academic hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center of excellence for the region, and Stroke Center. We currently have 8 adult critical care areas; Medical ICU, Medical Surgical Progressive Care, Surgical Trauma ICU, Cardiac ICU, Neuro ICU, Covid ICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Burn ICU and a Level 3 NICU with 50 beds.


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UCHealth recognizes and appreciates the rich array of talents and perspectives that equal employment and diversity can offer our institution. As an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, UCHealth is committed to making all employment decisions based on valid requirements. No applicant shall be discriminated against in any terms, conditions or privileges of employment or otherwise be discriminated against because of the individual’s race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, genetic information or veteran status. UCHealth does not discriminate against any “qualified applicant with a disability” as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable accommodations, when they do not impose an undue hardship on the organization.


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