This online program is designed for Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) who hold a valid credential and baccalaureate degree to pursue a Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) degree. Program curriculum, focused in educational leadership, is designed to support the professional advancement of RRT’s who wish to advance the scope of Respiratory Care practice through the pursuit of administration and educational positions, either in academia or the healthcare setting, or those who wish to serve as leaders in the clinical setting by becoming content experts or consultants prepared with an advanced understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology and disease management.
This program admits students to an annual cohort and courses are to be taken sequentially, culminating in a research-based capstone course. Students will be required to enroll in two seven-week courses per semester; however, each course will be taken independently. This 36-credit program, offered solely online, is a unique opportunity for baccalaureate-prepared Respiratory Therapists interested in advancing their careers to do so by examining an integrated curriculum that not only emphasizes educational, health, management theory as it applies to clinical practice, but also challenges the student to engage with colleagues from across the nation in a variety of healthcare settings to explore those theories in varying contexts. Students will gain a graduate-level understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology and disease management and will be prepared to and encouraged by the MSRC faculty to pursue presentation or publication of their research topics. Additionally, graduates will be prepared with the advanced clinical knowledge necessary to pursue several the advanced credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). This program has been designed with Respiratory Therapists working throughout the healthcare system in mind and students accepted to this program can expect to complete the course sequence in two years.