The Masters of Science in Respiratory Care

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Overall MSRC Program Goal

The goal of the UNC Charlotte Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program is to provide graduates of entry into the respiratory care professional practice degree programs with the additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced  degree respiratory therapists.


CoARC Program Outcomes

"CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.”

UNC Charlotte MSRC program (CoARC #520001) has been approved for provisional accreditation services from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).


CoARC Program Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1 Leadership: Students will plan and make collaborative and effective decisions relevant to respiratory care services or education through the use of leadership theories and evidence-based practice concepts.

SLO #2 Evidence-Based Practice: Students will conduct scholarly activities using evidence-based practice concepts, research methodology, and statistical procedures relevant to study of or application to respiratory care.

SLO #3 Professional Communication: Students will develop culturally competent and effective oral and written communication for professional interactions.

SLO #4 Cardiopulmonary Disease Management: Students will develop evidence-based care plans in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.



MSRC Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for acceptance include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy, related science, or social science from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  If an applicant has earned or attempted a post-baccalaureate degree (i.e. a master’s, doctoral or other), grades in that program will also be taken into consideration.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (achieving and maintaining the RRT Credential offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care)
  • Current state license to practice Respiratory Therapy
  • Professional experience consisting of at least 2 years of clinical Respiratory Therapy practice (preferred but not required)
  • Written statement of the applicant’s educational goals and expectations of the program
  • Evidence of knowledge in the field from academic or professional colleagues or supervisors in the form of 2 reference letters

Documents that applicants must provide for application review include the following:

  • Associate and Bachelor’s degree transcripts
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT Credential)
  • Copy of current state RCP license
  • Statement of Purpose: 500 to 1000 words describing the applicant’s educational goals and expectations of the program
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals with academic or professional knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities

MSRC: Plan of Study

Overview: The Master of Science in Respiratory Care curriculum is developed to produce leaders and consultants in Respiratory Care. The online Masters of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) is a 30 credit plan of study over two years that would prepare baccalaureate level working Respiratory Therapists with the knowledge and competencies necessary to become experts in Respiratory Care leadership, education, research and to achieve advanced clinical credentials.