Respiratory Therapy

Apply the latest technology and most up-to-date techniques to help your patients breathe easy.
Breathtaking rewards. Unparalleled patient challenges.

A career as a UCLA Respiratory Therapist is an invitation and an opportunity to rise to the pinnacle of your discipline at one of the top healthcare systems in the country. The pace is exhilarating, and stakes are demanding.

Performing a multitude of procedures, you’ll make assessments and assist in critical treatments not seen elsewhere in the Western U.S. Many patients seek out UCLA from halfway around the world. That means, quite often, you’ll be working with patients whose acuity is higher and diagnosis is more complex than you’ve encountered before in your career.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is where the vast majority of our Respiratory Therapists make their greatest impact. We also encourage RTs interested in our advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to begin training for this vital area.

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At UCLA Health, we achieve excellence in patient care consistently by following the steps outlined in CICARE.

CICARE is an acronym that describes specific behaviors that are guaranteed to result in excellent communication with patients, families and colleagues.

Every UCLA Health employee, physician and volunteer holds themselves and their colleagues accountable for practicing these six steps with everyone on every encounter.

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Connect with the patient and their family members by addressing them as Mr./Ms., or by the name they prefer.

Introduce yourself and your role.

Communicate what you are going to do, how long it is going to take, and how it will impact the patient.

Ask permission before examining the patient and anticipate patient and/or family needs, questions or concerns.

Respond to patient and/or family questions and requests with immediacy.

Exit courteously and/or with an explanation of what will come next (or when you will be back to check on them).