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Boise State is named the nation’s top school for online respiratory therapy education

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Campus scenes, fall, photo Patrick Sweeney

Boise State’s Master of Science in Respiratory Care received the top spot in’s latest rankings of online respiratory therapy programs. The university was selected as the nation’s premier institution for this kind of program going into 2023, and only eight percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.

“Our rankings showcase the schools giving future nurses and allied health professionals the best chance to succeed from day one in the classroom to day one on the job,” said Wes Harris, outreach coordinator for “This starts with low-cost tuition, but also includes academic counseling, career placement and other key resources that students need to graduate and get hired.” states there is an increasing demand for trained healthcare professionals along with imminent shortages of nurse practitioner, nursing assistant and home health aide roles. Millions of vacancies in healthcare positions throughout the U.S. are projected over the next three years according to Mercer, a global healthcare consulting leader.

The website evaluated over 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, as well as from the universities. Rankings were based on tuition, academic counseling and career placement services, student-to-faculty ratio, the percent of students receiving school-based financial aid, and the amount of school-based aid per student.

“A huge thanks to the Master of Science in Respiratory Care team and students, and the College of Health Sciences support for all they do to make this program amazing,” said Megan Koster, respiratory care department chair and director of the master’s program.

Visit the Master of Science in Respiratory Care page to learn more.