Respiratory Therapy Apprentice Program

Norton Healthcare’s Respiratory Therapy Apprentice Program is the first hospital-based respiratory therapy apprentices program in Greater Louisville.

The program is a three-tiered, 18- to 24-month paid program designed as a pathway for students to obtain shadowing and hands-on experience while earning their degree.

Tier I: Respiratory Explorer

  • Discover:  A paid shadowing opportunity covering a variety of respiratory care areas
  • 32 hours of observation with 12 of those hours in pediatrics
  • Allows exposure to different respiratory patient populations to align with clinical immersion in apprentice (Tier II)

Requirement: Must be actively enrolled in a college program completing RT prerequisites.

Tier II: Respiratory Apprentice

  • Culture: Gaining limited hands-on experience at a chosen Norton Healthcare location
  • Training on electrocardiogram, equipment tech, medical gas management and transport assistance
  • Helping support the department as a whole and being immersed in the culture at the facility level
  • Working 36 hours every six weeks, with 12 hours being on a weekend

Requirements: Must have completed the explorer rotations and education requirements and be actively enrolled in a respiratory therapy program.

Tier III: Student Practitioner

  • Confidence: Students will work semi-autonomously within the scope allowed by their student respiratory therapist license issued by the Kentucky Board of Respiratory Care.
  • Students will focus primarily on respiratory therapy skills and functions, as well as time management patient-facing experience to transition into a licensed therapist after graduation.
  • Student practitioners work 36 hours every six weeks, with 12 hours being on a weekend.

Requirement: Respiratory Therapist Student License (Kentucky)

How to Apply

Apply at Resume or work and education history are required for application.

Students who are selected are required to submit immunization records and complete a preemployment screening.

For questions or additional information, contact

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