Job Description

At Harris Health System, we champion better health for our patients, their families and our community, by connecting them to an integrated healthcare system that provides high-quality healthcare. Harris Health focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, Texas, through its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Harris Health is a proud recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered medical homes. Harris Health's medical faculty and residents are provided by its nationally recognized medical school partners: Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Skills / Requirements


An RCP III is an advanced therapist who actively role models the behaviors associated with the art and science of Respiratory Care.  An RCP III mentors others and creates an environment for the delivery of safe patient care by being recognized as an expert in various modalities of Respiratory Care. They assist others in developing their skills and knowledge regarding various respiratory modalities.


All regular full-time Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) with minimum three (3) years experience and whose primary role is to provide direct patient care are eligible to apply for the RCP III program. Applicants must have at least one (1) year of service within the Harris Health System Respiratory Care departments and complete the application packet for RCP III. Once application packet has been submitted, applicant must be approved by the RCP III Panel according to the guidelines of the application packet. Additionally, an RCP II who is promoted to an RCP III must maintain their position according to the guidelines of the program each 12 month period. 


1. Educational Requirements: Graduate of an AMA approved Respiratory Care program or its equivalent

2. Experience Requirements: Minimum of three years clinical Respiratory experience, of which two years should be in the critical care setting. One year of experience as a Respiratory Therapist with the Harris Health Respiratory departments. A new hire from a nationally, recognized institution may be considered for direct admission to the accelerated path for the program without the one year requirement for being in the Harris Health System. 

3. Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Required

Current licensure from Texas Medical Board to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care as a Registered Respiratory Therapist is required.
Must maintain BLS, ACLS and NRP certifications.

4. Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Must demonstrate interpersonal skills with all levels of healthcare team.
Must have demonstrated skills in developing the functional skills of others in addition to the ability to analyze and solve problems.

5. Working Environment

Patient care units including critical care and ER.
Exposure to blood and body fluids.
Universal precautions required.
Extended periods of walking and standing required.
Minimal lifting, pushing and pulling required.
Normal shift work of 12 hours.


Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact), Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking), Writing /Composing (Reports)           

Bilingual Skills Preferred but not required   
Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays

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