Master of Science in Respiratory Care Admissions & Deadlines

Admissions requirements

To be considered for admission into the Master of Science in respiratory care program, you need the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation
  • Cumulative and science grade point averages of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • These prerequisite courses completed prior to matriculation with a grade of “C” or better:
  1. Chemistry (one course with lab preferred)
  2. Human anatomy (one course)
  3. Human physiology (one course)
  4. Microbiology (one course with lab preferred)
  5. Physics (one course with lab preferred)
  6. Psychology (one course)
  7. Statistics (one course)

How to apply

Entry term: Fall (September)
Application cycle: September - August
Application deadline: Applications are accepted until the class is full

To apply to the Master of Science in respiratory care program, complete the following steps:

Complete an application using the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS).

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You will also need the following ready to submit directly to AHCAS:

  1. Official transcripts from every U.S. college or university attended. Include international course evaluations for all coursework completed outside the United States.
  2. Name and email address of three references. AHCAS will contact each reference with instructions on how to complete an online evaluation.
  3. Personal statement.

If your native language is not English, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Participate in an interview with program faculty.

You will be informed if you are required to complete the secondary Rush Application. Please do not complete the secondary application until you have been asked to do so.

Shadowing Session

Prospective students should contact Priscilla Alvarez at to set up a shadowing session with a respiratory therapist at Rush University Medical Center. Shadowing sessions typically take place in the morning and last a few hours, as prospective students will rotate through multiple clinical settings.

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Admissions Contact 
Phone: (312) 563-2353


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