The Masters of Science in Respiratory Care

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Overall MSRC Program Goal

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

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1 (Knowledge): Students will demonstrate an expanded breadth and depth of knowledge in specific respiratory therapy content areas to allow the student to successfully challenge and complete an advanced credentialing exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care. These would include the Adult Critical Care Specialist credential (ACCS), Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist credential (NPS), or the Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist credential (RPFT).

SLO #2 (Leadership): Students will demonstrate the ability to use leadership theories and practices to successfully lead a group of fellow clinicians to complete a specific education or management project. This will include gathering information, engaging persons of interest, leading meetings, delegating tasks, utilizing electronic tools of modern leadership, and meeting established goals.

SLO #3 (Project Management): Students will successfully complete a research, quality improvement, or educational project that includes planning, needs analysis, information gathering, organization, reporting, and executing elements that impact positive change in the clinical, research or educational environment.

SLO #4 (Research): Students will demonstrate knowledge of study design, data analysis, and research methods related to developing a research proposal that will answer a relevant clinical question.  Students will develop a subject for systematic review related to their Capstone Project during the RESP 6115 after discussion with faculty. They will complete a thorough evidence-based systematic review under the guidance of a faculty advisor, which will culminate in a Systematic Review Paper in the Capstone course.

SLO #5 (Professional Communication): Students will demonstrate effective oral and written professional communication skills consistent with a master prepared respiratory therapist. This will include oral presentation using presentation software, a poster that meets the standards of the American Association of Respiratory Care Open Forum, and the final Capstone paper.

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
  • 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 Masters 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 40 credit plan of study over 2 or 3 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. Graduates of the online MSRC will fill the need for educators, researchers, leaders and advanced clinical practitioners in the field.

Proposed Plan of Study