American College of Respiratory Therapy Education

Programs Awarding a Master's Degree


This Roster was prepared by the American College of Respiratory Therapy Education (ACRTE) 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.

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

There are three types of master’s degree programs which offer a major in respiratory therapy/respiratory care: 

  • Direct-Entry into respiratory care professional practice master’s degree program, 
  • Post-professional master’s degree program for registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) in education, research, management and/or advanced clinical specialty practice and 
  • Advanced practice respiratory therapists (APRT) graduate degree program that prepare students to serve as a physician extender in both pulmonary medicine and critical care. 

Direct-entry professional practice master’s degree programs are designed for 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 RRTs, such programs often include course work in the areas of management and supervision, education, research and/or advanced specialty practice. The dierct-entry master’s degree in respiratory care/respiratory therapy require completion of the academic prerequisites to become a registry eligible respiratory therapist.

Post professional master’s degree programs are designed to provide (RRTs) who possess a baccalaureate degree with leadership, management, research, and/or advanced specialty 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.


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

College of Health Professions

4301 W. Markham/Slot 737 Little Rock, AR 72205 

Program Dir: Tom Jones, M.Ed, RRT, CPFT

Medical Dir: Anand Venkata, MD

Program Types: MSRC - Bachelor’s + 2 yrs Prof

Class Capacity:  MSRC: 20, Begins: August

Tel: 501-526-4490




Loma Linda University

School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences

923 Nichols Hall

Loma Linda, CA 92354

Program Dir: Abdullah Alismail, PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, FCCP

Medical Dir: Laren D Tan, MD, FCCP

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





Boise State University

School of Allied Health Sciences

Department of Respiratory Care

1910 University Drive MS 1850

Boise, Idaho 83725

Program Dir: Megan Koster EdD, RRT

Program Type: Master of Science in Respiratory Care, emphasis in Educational Leadership

Class Cap: 25

Begins: Enrolls annually each August

Tel: 208-426-3319




Rush University

600 S. Paulina Street 1021 D

Chicago, IL 60612

Program Dir: David L Vines, PhD, RRT, FAARC, FCCP

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, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC

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



University of Missouri
School of Health Professions
605 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Program Dir: Kathryn Myers Moss, PhD, RCP, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
Program Type: BHS/BA/BS with RRT to MHS 100% online
Concentrations: Leadership electives in sales and customer support, public health, clinical research, organizational change, college teaching; RT electives in asthma education, PFT, critical care
Class cap: None
Begins: Rolling admission
Tel: 573-882-8034

University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Allied Health Professions
984000 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE 68198-4000
Program Director: Lisa Fuchs, Ed.D., MHA, RRT, CTTS, CHWC, FAARC
Medical Director: Dr. Ruxana Sadikot and Dr. Ahbineet Sharma
Program Type: Entry into Professional Practice and Degree Advancement (online) – MRC Degree
Class Cap: Entry into Professional Practice (24) and Degree Advancement (50) 
Enrollment period: Spring (ETP) and Spring and Fall (DA)
Tel: (402).559.7633

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. Colwell, EdD, MRC, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC, FNP

Medical Dir: Reitha Kartan, 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