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Respiratory Care - Masters

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PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Loma Linda University and this program is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone: 510/748-9001; fax: 510/748-9797; Web site: http://www.wascsenior.org

MISSION STATEMENT

The faculty of the Loma Linda University Master of Respiratory Care (MSRC) Program believes in the promotion and support of excellence for the profession of Respiratory Care through education, knowledge development, research, leadership and public service. The mission of the Program is intended to:

  1. Support the Mission Statement of Loma Linda University.
  2. Facilitate student professional development, expansion of knowledge, and contribution to the field of respiratory care through guidance, resources, leadership and example. 
  3. Support the medical community's needs for qualified advanced respiratory care practitioners that will facilitate positive changes through patient advocacy, leadership, knowledge discovery and implementation.
  4. Encourage continuing professional and personal development within the community through volunteerism & community service geared toward disease prevention and intervention.

PHILOSOPHY

The respiratory care practitioner specializes in planning, providing, directing, and evaluating cardiopulmonary care for individuals or groups in a variety of settings. Through assessment, treatment, life support applications, and education, the respiratory care practitioner is committed to the prevention of cardiopulmonary illness and promotion of health.

The MSRC Program provides an avenue for continuing personal and professional development in the field of respiratory care and cardiopulmonary sciences.  The Program is designed to produce competent, self-directed advanced respiratory care practitioners who will assume leadership roles in the profession at the level of management, education, and research.

The faculty believes that learning is a lifelong process that is independent and self-initiated. The learning process includes faculty-student interaction in setting goals, selecting and evaluating learning experiences, and in assessing instructional methods and student progress. Learning experiences are planned to achieve application, sequence and continuity of knowledge, skills and attitudes defined by the program’s educational objectives.

The MSRC Program is conducted using the philosophy of education based on two primary rationales: 1) the understanding that teaching is a cooperative art, and 2) the recognition that genuine learning is a development of the mind, not a formation of memories, and as an acquisition of knowledge and understanding, not an adoption of indoctrinated opinions. A cooperative art is one in which productive activity is principal and sole efficient cause of results achieved. 

Learning occurs through discovery. Instruction that makes impressions on the memory but is not accompanied by understanding, discovery, and implementation is not genuine teaching but indoctrination. Genuine teaching, in sharp distinction from indoctrination, consists in activities on the part of faculty that cooperate with activities performed by the minds of students engaged in discovery. The understanding of ideas once acquired, has maximum durability. What is understood cannot be forgotten because it is a habit of the intellect, not something remembered.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The 4-quarter MSRC Program is a designed to allow customizable options for interactions with the program faculty both face-to-face and on-line offered through two tracks:

  1. Track I – Professional focus.

Students receive and develop didactic and clinical knowledge to advance their expertise in areas of education, research, leadership, clinical performance, industry, and management in the cardiopulmonary sciences from an evidence-based perspective.  Courses combine discussion, projects, case studies, service activities and Web-enhanced learning.  An optional advanced practice clinical practicum of two quarters is also provided that requires the consent of the program director, department chair, and the medical director—along with the approval and acceptance of a physician preceptor agreement form on file.

  1. Track II – Research focus

Students receive and develop didactic and research knowledge to advance their expertise in areas of education, research, leadership, project management, and industry in the cardiopulmonary sciences from an evidence-based, innovation perspective.  Courses combine discussion, bench research, projects, case studies, service activities and Web-based learning.  An advanced research practicum is included that requires the development and execution of an innovative biomedical project related to cardiopulmonary science. Arrangements will be made for distance education students in regard to distance mentorship.

The online program students will be required to schedule an online orientation one week prior to the beginning of their courses.  All students must have a detailed discussion with the program director to begin to outline capstone projects.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

In addition to the stated Loma Linda University institutional learning outcomes, the professional Master of Respiratory Care degree graduates are expected to meet the following program and curriculum learning outcomes:

Track I –Professional Focus

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based and advanced knowledge in respiratory care.
    1. Apply evidence-based and advanced adult, pediatric, and neonatal respiratory care concepts and treatment plans in the areas of pathophysiology, diagnostics and advanced interventions.
    2. Perform evidence-based, advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills for the cardiopulmonary patient.
  2. Demonstrate advanced leadership skills.
    1. Develop fundamental skills in leadership.
    2. Engage in and develop activities that advance the respiratory care profession.
    3. Develop fundamental skills in topic presentation to health-care professionals and the patient-care community.
  3. Apply research, statistical methods, and current technology to evaluate and better serve the medical community.
    1. Develop skills to conduct and interpret research in the health-care arena.
    2. Apply research skills to clinical and theoretical situations.
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical skills in respiratory care practice.
    1. Apply advanced clinical skill to the cardiopulmonary patient.
    2. Apply problem-solving skills in the areas of advanced pulmonary and cardiology physiology and related diagnostics to cardiopulmonary patients.

Track II –Research Focus

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based and advanced knowledge in cardiopulmonary science.
    1. Apply evidence-based and advanced adult, pediatric, and neonatal cardiopulmonary scientific concepts in the discussion of treatment plans in the areas of pathophysiology, diagnostics and advanced interventions.
    2. Perform evidence-based, protocol derivation for advanced modalities and diagnostics for the cardiopulmonary patient.
  2. Demonstrate advanced leadership skills.
    1. Develop fundamental skills in leadership.
    2. Engage in and develop activities that advance the cardiopulmonary sciences.
    3. Develop fundamental skills in topic presentation to health-care professionals, basic and clinical scientists, and the patient-care community.
  3. Apply research, statistical methods, and current technology to evaluate and better serve the medical community.
    1. Develop skills to conduct and interpret research in the health-care arena specific to cardiopulmonary sciences
    2. Apply research skills to clinical, bench science and theoretical situations.
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in cardiopulmonary science. 
    1. Apply advanced research skills to the cardiopulmonary clinical and laboratory scenarios.
    2. Apply problem-solving skills in the areas of advanced pulmonary and cardiology physiology and related diagnostics to cardiopulmonary patients.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. Graduate competent, advanced practitioners who perform procedures and clinical activities of the profession.
  2. Graduate leaders who engage in activities that advance the profession through basic and clinical research.
  3. Graduate practitioners who will impact health-care delivery by representing leadership and excellence in the clinical setting.
  4. Graduate professionals who maintain and improve upon recognized educational standards of the profession.
  5. Graduate professionals who employ proper ethics within the profession.
  6. Graduate individuals who are able to interpret basic and applied scientific knowledge and translate that information to the clinical arena.
  7. Graduate innovative researchers who are able to develop novel, important hypotheses and execute experiments to explore such hypotheses

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Track I – Professional Focus

  1. The applicant should have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or recognized institution of higher education by Loma Linda University.
  2. In addition, the applicant is required to have earned the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, and licensed in their state of residence or eligible to practice by the government or equivalent.
  3. Interview, references, essay.
  4. Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the U.S. is required to pass a test of English proficiency.

Track II –Research Focus

  1. The applicant should have a minimum of a baccalaureate of science degree from an accredited or recognized institution of higher education by Loma Linda University.
    1. Prerequisite course work:
      1. 1 course of each: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology
      2. 12 quarter units of Biology: General and/or human
      3. 16 quarter units of Chemistry: General Inorganic, Organic, and/or Biochemistry

3. Interview, references, essay.

4.   Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the U.S. is required to pass a test of English proficiency.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Student must be able to have consistent access and knowledge of how to use the following:

1.Personal computer

2.Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc)

3. Internet

4.  Video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, Zoom, ect)

COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT

Sharing knowledge and volunteering at the community level allows the MSRC student to develop the skill of translating difficult concepts into useful information to the public.  It also develops a greater appreciation for others that may offer different insights or experiences to learn from.  In addition to community service that may be part of the Graduate Wholeness Portfolio (AHCJ 519) requirement, each student will be expected to complete 6 hours of a community project or community service per quarter for a total of 24 hours.   The program director must approve all community service projects before commencement of the activity.  Each activity should include a mechanism by which the MSRC student is utilizing his or her professional skill/experience to educate or provide a service to their community of choice. Community service activity will be integrated into service-based learning modules during course work as well.

CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT

Capstone project must be completed as a written document and presented orally as a seminar.  It must be publishable quality and be pushed toward publication.  Note that capstone courses may be completed prior to capstone project completion.  However, capstone projects must be completed to graduate and publishable standards before gradation will be granted.

Program Contact 

    Traci Marin, Ph.D, MPH, RRT, RPSGT
    Director, Master of Science Respiratory Care Program
    909-558-4932
     Email:   tmarin@llu.edu