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Greater Peoria, IL
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Respiratory Therapy Apprentice

OSF Healthcare

OSF Healthcare

Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Job Description


Starting pay for this position is $16.00/hour.

POSITION SUMMARY: A Respiratory Therapy Apprentice participates in a two year apprenticeship program. The program is for students accepted and enrolled into an accredited respiratory therapist program. During the first semester of the program, participants will spend 8 hours each week in the clinical setting following a respiratory therapist. Participants will observe a variety of clinical tasks, levels of care and patient populations during the observation period.

After the completion of the first semester of the Respiratory Therapy program, participants will serve patients, two shifts each week (7p-11p) by providing respiratory therapy interventions to patients on general medical floors. The goal of this program is to transition into a Registered Respiratory Therapist role after your apprenticeship, graduation and completion of respiratory therapy boards. Clinical experiences help grow assessment skills to assist in successful completion of respiratory therapy boards.




  • High School Diploma/ GED; Must be accepted into an accredited Respiratory Therapist Program.


  • American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider certification.

Other skills/ knowledge:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Solid computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft software.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to be detail oriented.
  • Must be accepted into an accredited Respiratory Therapist Program. Remain in good standing in the respiratory therapist program. Complete 8 hours observation each week during the first semester. After the first semester, complete two shifts each week, 7p-11p throughout the remainder of the respiratory therapy program.

OSF Healthcare is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Respiratory Therapy Apprentice Program Information:

What is being offered:

Selected participants will enroll in the Fall 2024 Illinois Central College Respiratory Therapy Program, work minimal hours at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center as a Respiratory Therapy Apprentice during the program, and after completion of the program work Full Time as an OSF Respiratory Therapist - all at no cost to the participant. Respiratory Therapy roles start with a salary of $61,588 with only the potential to grow.

To be eligible:

Participants must be enrolled or eligible for enrollment into the Illinois Central College Respiratory Therapy program for the Fall 2024 semester. Enrollment is active now with an application deadline of August 2024. The fall semester begins on Monday, August 12th 2024.

Program Details:

  • Tuition, fees and books are paid for the full Illinois Central College Respiratory Therapy program.
  • Students who are accepted into the apprentice program will be employed by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center as a .2 FTE and compensated at $16.00 per hour for a total of 40 hours a week to attend the ICC Respiratory Therapy program.
  • After completion of the first semester of the ICC RT Program, participants will transition into a Respiratory Therapy Student Intern role and work at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in the capacity of a Respiratory Therapy Student Intern. The intern role is required to work two, 4 hour shifts each week and paid at the rate of $22.12 per hour. The additional 32 hours will be compensated at the rate of $16.00 per hour until 2 months after graduation from the program.
  • Participants must be scheduled to sit for the first of the NBRC [National Board for Respiratory Care] credentialing exam within 30 days of program completion and successfully pass both the NBRC TMC (The Multiple Choice) and CSE (Clinical Simulation Exam) exams within 90 days. Proof of Application must be made for Illinois Licensure. Licensure must be obtained within six months of hire per the Licensure Practice Act.
  • Program participants are required to work as a Respiratory Therapist at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for three years from the date of credentialing and are eligible for a Respiratory Therapy Sign on Bonus if being offered at the time of graduation.

How do I learn more: Apply today on the osfcareers.org website or email Shelly LaHood, OSF RT Professional Recruiter, at Shelly.LaHood@osfhealthcare.org

Timing: Reach out as soon as possible to learn more as there are a limited number of open seats in the ICC program and deadlines to enroll.

Want to learn more about the Respiratory Therapist role? Click here to watch a video from our very own RT department.