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Master of Science (MS) in Respiratory Care


Our Master of Science (MS) in Respiratory Care program prepares students to be clinical leaders, researchers and educators.

You learn to apply scientific principles in both acute and chronic respiratory cases across the lifespan, from newborns to older adults. Training includes critical care, neonatal care and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.

We are the only institution in Illinois and one of a handful in the nation to offer an MS in respiratory care. And you learn from a team that was recently honored with two APEX Recognition Awards for its work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care:

Fast Facts: Master of Science (MS) in Respiratory Care
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Program Type:
Full-Time (or Part-Time for Advanced Standing)
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24 Months

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Our Approach

Rush University Student Receiving Respiratory Therapy Education through the M.S. in Respiratory Care Program.

You obtain hands-on experience at one of the nation's top academic medical centers, RUSH University Medical Center. And our low student-to-faculty ratio ensures you will receive individualized attention.

At RUSH, you learn from faculty who are also practitioners who have experience with the most complex patient cases. You will work in interdisciplinary teams featuring faculty, respiratory therapists, physicians and nurses.

Our faculty are also accomplished researchers. Faculty-clinicians at RUSH have contributed essential science in respiratory care and patient care techniques.

Many students who work with our faculty go on to have their own work published.

Program Length and Location

This is a full-time, on-campus program that takes 24 months and a minimum of 92 credits to complete.

A part-time, advanced standing option is available to students who are registered respiratory therapists (RRT).

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Master of Science (MS) in Respiratory Care program is $781 per credit.

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Respiratory Care Career Opportunities

There is no shortage of job opportunities in respiratory therapy. Interest in the field has risen since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employment for respiratory care therapists is expected to rise 14% from 2021 to 2031 (much faster than the average). A master’s in respiratory therapy sets you apart from your colleagues.

The median annual salary for respiratory therapists was $70,540 in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—but pay varies by region. For example, at RUSH University Medical Center, new graduate respiratory therapists can expect to start with a salary of approximately $79,000 per year. A survey shows that RUSH graduates from 2011-2018 saw a $4,000-$5,000 increase in salary every year after graduation. 

Respiratory therapists find rewarding careers in various settings, including the following:

  • Hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices
  • Critical care units and transport
  • Diagnostic laboratories and sleep centers
  • Colleges, universities and research facilities

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