Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Fellowship

Whether you’re a new graduate of a respiratory therapy program or an experienced RT working in adult healthcare settings, Children’s Hospital Colorado's Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Fellowship provides the training you need to kickstart your career as a pediatric respiratory therapist.

Our respiratory therapy experts created a one-of-a-kind transition to practice program to provide high-quality, specialized training for respiratory therapists who are passionate about working with kids. The Pediatric RT Fellowship’s robust curriculum provides you with the tools and clinical expertise you need to feel confident caring for this unique patient population. We created the Pediatric RT Fellowship Program to prepare team members to deliver exceptional and lifesaving care in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Respiratory therapists at Children’s Colorado are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. We rely on our RTs to drive innovative care practices and improve outcomes for our patients and families. Team members at Children’s Colorado also enjoy ample opportunities for professional growth and development, comprehensive benefits packages and more.

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About our fellowship

The Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Fellowship is open to both new graduates and experienced respiratory therapists at our hospitals on the Anschutz Medical Campus and in Colorado Springs — no pediatric experience required.

The fellowship’s didactic work is completed at your home campus, and takes about six to eight weeks,  with a certificate of continuing education credits provided upon completion.

Program benefits include:

  • Paid coursework
  • Continuing education credits
  • A comprehensive curriculum tailored to pediatric care
  • Hands-on training with our experienced faculty
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization

Eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: New graduates and experienced respiratory therapists are welcome to apply
  • Education: Associate degree in respiratory therapy or respiratory care is required at the time of hire; bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy or respiratory care is preferred.
  • Certifications and credentials:
    • Credentialed as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC)
    • Credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the NBRC within 12 weeks of hire
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association required at the time of hire
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification required within six months of hire
  • Licensure: State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Respiratory Therapist license is required

Respiratory therapy program for new graduates

Build a strong foundation for your career with our respiratory therapy fellowship for new graduates. Here, you’ll learn how to work with pediatric patients and their families to drive positive outcomes and impact their futures. Additionally, as a respiratory therapist at Children’s Colorado, you’ll be a part of a multidisciplinary team that fosters a lively and supportive work environment.

The program’s expert instructors will train you on everything from neonatal and pediatric assessments and conditions to distribution of medications, treatments and therapies for kids. Team members will also learn about quality and patient safety, emergency response, mechanical ventilation and more.

Transition from adult to pediatric care

If you’ve been working as a respiratory therapist in adult healthcare settings, but have always dreamed of caring for kids, our Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Fellowship is for you. This program expands upon your current knowledge base and develops your skillset so you can help pediatric patients and their caregivers thrive.

Respiratory therapists at Children’s Colorado enjoy many opportunities for professional growth and specialization. Advance your career by becoming a respiratory therapy specialist or join a core team that suits your interests. Professional growth opportunities for respiratory therapists expand beyond bedside clinical care. Respiratory therapists at Children’s Hospital Colorado can also be found in the ECMO team, Flight and Transport team and in the medical research team. Respiratory therapists at Children’s Colorado are integrated into various multidisciplinary teams throughout the continuum.

How to apply

To be considered for the Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Fellowship program, submit your application for an open respiratory therapy position. Our fellowship offers rolling admission. Applications are accepted anytime. 

We will contact you via phone or email if we need additional information or to set up an interview. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for our process. If you have questions or need more information, please contact our Talent Acquisition team at

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