The Masters of Science in Respiratory Care


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.

The MSRC curriculum is developed to produce leaders and consultants in Respiratory Care and cardiopulmonary disease management. The 100% online program is a 30-credit plan of study that can be completed in 1-2 years that 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.


  • The program offers flexible and accelerated course options in a 100% online format for working professionals.
  • We offer affordable tuition for distance education students.
  • The program offers a direct pathway to graduate level education.
  • Our faculty continuously achieves state and national recognition as experts in their field in teaching, professional service, and research.
  • Our faculty provide you with the personal attention, advising, and mentoring to help you achieve your professional goals.
  • The program will prepare you in evidence-based practice to help with clinical and administrative decision making.


MSRC Admission Requirements

MSRC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (replace information with the following)

  • Bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy, cardiopulmonary science, related science, or social science program taken at a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body. The following are accepted accrediting bodies:
    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
    • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Graduated from a CoARC accredited entry into practice respiratory therapy program.
  • 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:
    • Transcripts from all college and universities attended
    • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT Credential)
    • Copy of current state respiratory care 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 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

      • 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.


The MSRC program is offered through the Department of Applied Physiology, Health and Clinical Sciences in partnership with our Distance Education division in the School of Professional Studies.

Program Director

Kim Clark, EdD, RRT, FAARC, FNAP
BSRT and MSRC Program Director
Department of Applied Physiology, Health, and Clinical Sciences | 704-687-0706

Distance Education

Stephannie Miles | Senior Program Manager

CoARC Accreditation Information

The UNC Charlotte MSRC program (CoARC #520001) holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

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.

CoARC Program Outcomes