Respiratory Therapy Careers

Looking to work in pediatrics? Nationwide Children’s is currently hiring Registered Respiratory Therapists for positions in various areas of pediatric care. New graduates are encouraged to apply. Interviews are being offered to current students with pending graduation dates.


US News Badge PulmonologyNationwide Children’s is one of America’s largest children’s hospitals, delivering care to more than 1.6 million patients per year. We are ranked as one of the top ten pediatric pulmonary programs by US News & World Report.

Join our team of 200+ Respiratory Therapists in one of the following units:

  • NICU: The largest neonatal network in the U.S. 114-bed unit, expanding to 130 beds. The NICU unit specializes in care for patients who are extremely premature to 2 years old. Respiratory Therapists working on this unit have a strong focus on treating neurodevelopmental disorders and chronic bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). 
  • Pulmonary: 24-bed unit. The pulmonary unit specializes in the care of cystic fibrosis, asthma and tracheostomy patients, ages newborn to adult. A solid focus on patient assessment, medication delivery, chest physiotherapy and x-ray interpretation is the foundation of the respiratory therapist that works on the pulmonary unit. 
  • PICU:  Two units totaling 51 beds. H2 PICU sees acutely ill patients including traumas, burns, respiratory, surgical, hematology/oncology and neurology. H8 PICU provides multidisciplinary care for critically ill infants, children and adolescents. Patient conditions include respiratory viruses, severe infections, drug overdose, extensive surgeries, congenital abnormities, diabetic ketoacidosis and trauma.
  • CTICU: 20-bed ICU and 24-bed step down unit. This unit specializes in pre and post-operative cardiac care for patients, ranging from neonates to adults, whose respiratory difficulties can be multi-faceted.  Patient conditions include congenital heart defects to lung and heart transplants.
  • Respiratory Care CORE:  Respiratory Therapists on this team provide care on different areas and floors including but not limited to the ED, Cath lab, PACU, outpatient surgery, inpatient rehab and float to all of the ICUs in the hospital. They specialize in care for patients in a wide range of acuity, including high acuity critical care patients in our Level 1 trauma center in the Emergency Department, and asthma/respiratory and surgical patients.

Additional Opportunities Include:

  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) experience in all areas
  • Internal growth and advancement opportunities, including within our Critical Care Transport Program. This 24/7 specialty care team provides ground and air transports to and from Nationwide Children's. Respiratory Therapists assist in the stabilization and emergency care of the acutely ill neonate, infants, children, adolescents and adults.
  • Education via lung simulator scenarios
  • NBRC specialty exam reimbursement and incentive pay
  • Research opportunities
  • Continuing education reimbursement
  • Leadership opportunities

Apply today! Email your resume to

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Qualified applicants will be Registered Respiratory Therapists with the NBRC; have an Associate's degree from an AMA-accredited Respiratory Therapy program; must have current BLS/CPR certification; and current Ohio licensure or have the ability to obtain prior to hire.  Employees hired in the NICU unit must obtain their NRP certification within the first year. All other units require PALS certification to be obtained within the first year.

Nationwide Children’s offers a collaborative and fast-paced work environment with competitive pay, benefits and career advancement potential. Whether you have pediatric experience or not, consider joining our team. Making a difference in the life of a child and their family is incredibly rewarding!


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Respiratory Therapy Residency Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital welcomes new graduates to our Respiratory Therapy (RT) Residency Program. Our RT program integrates new respiratory therapists into the culture and values of Nationwide Children’s. It was developed on the belief that creating a safe place to learn facilitates a sense of community and belonging. This program provides an individualized precepted orientation, guided classroom learning and peer support sessions. By supporting the transition from novice therapist to advanced beginner respiratory therapist, the residency program builds upon the knowledge and experience gained during academic study. Through evidence-based care, diagnostic interventions, disease management, and education, the respiratory care professionals at Nationwide Children’s improve lives and ensure best outcomes when everything matters.

In addition to the hospital and unit/area-based orientations, our RT residency team will provide educational experiences and hands-on practice with skills and simulation.

Nationwide Children's Respiratory Therapy Residency can help you feel more empowered and increase your career satisfaction by:

  • Increasing confidence, competence and critical thinking skills
  • Strengthening communication and organizational skills
  • Facilitating interprofessional relationships
  • Improving patient care outcome knowledge


  • 2021 graduate RTs who received RCP licensure within the last 12 months.
  • The first cohort will start in the fall of 2021.


  • New 2021 graduate RTs who have received RCP licensure within last 12 months
  • Received approval from unit leader(s)
  • Agreement to attend and actively participate in the six monthly four-hour seminars


For more information about the Respiratory Therapy Residency Program, email