Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education

Programs Awarding a Master's Degree


The Roster was prepared by the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE) to assist students in selecting a respiratory therapy graduate program. The roster also serves as a communication tool for existing and developing graduate respiratory therapy programs. The reader is encouraged to visit program web sites and to contact each program directly for more information. New or existing programs not included on the roster should use the "Contact Us" page to request a listing. Suggestions to improve the roster are welcome. An AARC approved white paper from the CoBGRTE Steering Committee, “Development of Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees in Respiratory Care,” can be found using the link:

Master's Degree with a
Respiratory Therapy/Respiratory Care Major

Generally, there are two types of master’s degree programs which offer a major in respiratory therapy/respiratory care: 1) first professional degree programs and 2) advanced programs. First professional master’s degree programs are designed for direct-entry of students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than respiratory care who have no prior competence in respiratory therapy/respiratory care. One aim of such programs is to prepare graduates to sit for the registry exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). In addition to preparing students to become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs), such programs often include significant course work in the areas of management and supervision, education, research and/or advanced practice. The first professional master’s degree in respiratory care/respiratory therapy generally requires completion of the academic prerequisites to become a registry eligible respiratory therapist.

Advanced master’s degree programs are designed to provide registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) who possess a baccalaureate degree with leadership, management, research, regulatory affairs and/or advanced practice skills. Typically, this type of master’s program requires that entering students hold the RRT credential and have completed an undergraduate degree program in respiratory care.


Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, AL 35229

Program Dir: Jonathan Waugh, PhD, RRT, RPFT, FAARC

Medical Dir: Andrew Wilson, MD

Program Types: 

BS RC, 2 yrs Preprof + 2 yrs Prof; Class Cap: 40; Begins: spring semester 

MS RC, 5 semesters, first professional degree; Class Cap: 25; Begins fall semester

ASRT with RRT to MS RC

Tel: 205-726-4424




Loma Linda University

School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences

923 Nichols Hall

Loma Linda, CA 92354

Program Dir: Abdullah Alismail, MS, MA, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS

Medical Dir: TBA

Program Type: BA/BS with RRT to MSRC with specialty in,
Management, Education, Research, and Advanced Practice

Class Cap: 6   Begins: September 2013

Tel: 909-558-4932





Georgia State University

Division of Respiratory Therapy

140 Decatur St.

Suite 1228 Urban Life

Atlanta, GA 30302

Program Dir: Douglas S. Gardenhire, EdD, RRT, FAARC

Medical Dir: Robert Pettignano, MD

Program Type: MHS with concentration in RT for those with BA/BS RRT (On campus and Online), Direct-Entry MS with concentration in RT (first professional degree)

BA/BS RRT Class Cap: 15   Begins: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Direct Entry (first professional) Class Cap: 15 Begins Fall semester only

Tel: 404-413-1225





Rush University

600 S. Paulina Street 1021 D

Chicago, IL 60612

Program Dir: David L Vines, MHS, RRT

Medical Dir: Mark A. Yoder, MD

Program Type: BA/BS to MSRC (first professional degree), BSRT to MSRC

Class Cap: 24 Begins: September

Tel: 312-942-4408





Bellarmine University

2001 Newburg Road

Louisville, KY 40205

Program Dir: Christy Kane, PhD, RRT-NPS

Medical Dir: Harvey Snider, MD

Program Type: BA/BS to MSRC (first professional degree)

Class Cap: 15   Begins: August

MHS: 5 semesters (after pre-requisite classes), (first professional degree) 

Class Cap: 10  Begins: August

Tel: 502-272-8419

Fax: 502-272-8058




Northeastern University
College of Professional Studies

360 Huntington Ave.

Boston, MA 02115

Program Dir: Thomas A Barnes, EdD, RRT, FAARC
Medical Dir:

Program Type: BA/BS with RRT to MSRC (online)
Concentrations: Respiratory Specialty Practice, Adult and Organizational Learning, Clinical Trial Design, Health Management
Class Cap: 30  Begins: September, January, April

Tel: 617-851-3529


New York

Canisius College

Professional Studies

2001 Main Street

Buffalo, New York 14208

Program Dir: Arthur A. Taft, PhD, RRT, FAARC

Medical Dir: vacant

Program Type: BA/BS with RRT to MSRT (Online)

Class Cap: 30  Begins: Fall, spring and summer

Tel: 716-888-8296



North Dakota

St. Alexius Medical Center & The University of Mary

900 East Broadway

Bismarck, ND 58501

Program Dir: Chris Sperle, PhD, RRT, AE-C

Medical Dir: Monica Paulo, MD

Program Type: BA/BS to MSRT (first professional degree)

Class Cap: 2  Begins: August

Tel: 701-530-7757



Youngstown State University

Department of Health Professions

One University Plaza

Youngstown, Ohio 44555

Program Dir: Kelly L. Collwell, EdD, MRC, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C

Medical Dir: Tejinder S. Bal, MD

Program Type: BA/BS with RRT to Master of Respiratory Care (on-line)

Class Cap: None   Begins: Applications accepted year round

Tel: 330-941-2631




Texas State University

College of Health Professions, Dept. of Respiratory Care

601 University Blvd.

San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

Program Dir: Chris Russian, PhD, RRT-NPS, RPSGT, RST

Medical Dir: Peter Petroff, MD

Program Type: BA/BS with RRT to MSRC with concentration in Leadership or Polysomnography

Class Cap: 25 Begins: Rolling admission for August, January, or June and completes in 4 semesters

Tel: 512-245-8243



University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7703 Floyd Curl Dr.

Mail Code 6248

San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Program Dir: Richard Wettstein, MMEd, RRT, FAARC

Medical Dir: Jay I. Peters, MD

Program Type: BA/BS to MSRC (first professional degree)

Class Cap: 30 Begins: August

Tel: 210-567-8850



University of Texas Medical Branch
School of Health Professions, Dept. of Respiratory Care
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1146
Program Dir: José D. Rojas, Ph.D., RRT
Medical Director: Donald Prough, MD
Program Type: BA/BS with RRT to MHP with specialty in RT,
options for Management, Education, Research and Advanced Practice
Class Cap: 5  Begins: April
Tel: 409-772-5693


Weber State University

3904 University Cir

Ogden, UT 84408-3904

Program Dir: Paul Eberle, PhD, RRT

Medical Dir: Christopher Anderson, MD

Program Type: 

BA/BS with RRT to MSRC

AS with RRT to MSRC

Class Cap: 20 Begins: August

Tel: 801-626-7071

Fax: 801-626-7075



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