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No prior health care experience is required for the program.

The Master of Science program prepares graduates for a professional career as advanced respiratory care practitioners and leaders in education, research and clinical specialization.

The Master of Science in respiratory care degree program requires a minimum of 119 quarter credit hours taken at the graduate level.

The professional phase of the program:

  • Includes coursework and clinical fieldwork
  • Is completed at Rush University and its affiliated clinical sites
  • Takes approximately 21 months to complete

Graduates awarded a Master of Science in respiratory care are eligible to sit for the Entry Level Certification (CRT) Examination and the Written Registry and Clinical Simulation Examination for Advanced Respiratory Therapists (RRT), given by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in respiratory care program is rigorous and several prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry into the program.

Any changes in the student's planned program for admission require written approval by the department chair.

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. Student selection is based on factors such as:

  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Consistency of academic performance
  • Course work completed, including required program prerequisite courses
  • Interpersonal abilities

Prospective students with no previous experience in the field of respiratory care, are encouraged and required to arrange an orientation visit to a respiratory care department at a hospital.

Additional Admissions Information for Prospective Applicants

All applicants must complete an application using the centralized application service AHCAS. OR you can apply using the Rush University General Application.

To be considered for the Master of Science in respiratory care degree program, all applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate course work.
  • Successfully complete all professional prerequisite required courses with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Human Anatomy (one course)
    • Human Physiology (one course)
    • Chemistry (one course with lab preferred)
    • Physics (one course with lab preferred)
    • Microbiology (one course with lab preferred)
    • Psychology (one course)
    • Computer Science (one course)
    • Statistics (one course)
  • Have a personal interview with departmental faculty.
  • Complete an online application to the program.
  • Have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Please note:

Students admitted to the three-year track program may be admitted with some professional prerequisites courses outstanding.

 Also, individuals holding the RRT credential may be admitted to the program prior to completion of all required prerequisites.



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