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Respiratory Care - Masters

Apply now through August 30th

Advances in respiratory medicine, technology, and changes in healthcare have created a need for better educated respiratory care practitioners with diverse abilities. Job analysis research by the National Board for Respiratory Care reveals that employers now expect higher skill levels from respiratory education program graduates.

The masters degree in respiratory care seeks to graduate individuals with advanced knowledge and skills in the respiratory care profession including assessment, therapeutic interventions and management of patients with cardiopulmonary related disorders. This one year full-time program combines on line and classroom learning with advanced specialty clinical experiences to achieve this goal.

Our Bachelor of Science degree respiratory care faculty have advanced degrees in education and the sciences, and are the leaders in their areas of specialty. Most of our faculty has written chapters and/or authored textbooks in respiratory care.

Two Learning Options Available:  Choose from Online or In class options.

Program Highlights

  • Advanced knowledge and clinical skills to meet the demands requested of today’s respiratory care practitioners.
  • Graduates of two year Master of Science Respiratory Care Program programs receive an opportunity to enhance and broaden their knowledge in the cardiopulmonary sciences.
  • Development of communication skills as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, in patient education, and in community health and wellness.
  • A strong foundation for graduate work in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, and other programs in public health, science,education, or management.
  • Advanced clinical experience in specialty areas of cardiopulmonary care.
  • Fundamental skills to conduct and interpret research in the healthcare arena.
  • Development of fundamental skills in leadership.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:

1. Apply fundamental and advanced adult, pediatric,and neonatal respiratory care concepts and treat-
    ment plans in the area of pathophysiology, diagnostics and advanced interventions, gas exchange
    therapy, medical gas therapy, airway care, and ventilatory support systems (invasive and

2. Apply problem-solving skills in the areas of advanced pulmonary physiology, related diagnos-
    tics, and comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

3. Perform fundamental and advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills for various cardio-
    pulmonary diseases.

4. Develop fundamental skills to conduct and interpret research in the healthcare arena.

5. Develop fundamental skills in leadership.

6. Develop fundamental skills in topic presentation to the healthcare profession and patient care
    community using appropriate lecture and demonstration techniques.

7. Develop Master of Science Respiratory Care Program competency in specialty cardiopulmonary care areas of the student’s choice (subject to availability).

Admissions Requirements

The applicant should have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or recognized institution of higher education by Loma Linda University.  Preference will be given for those with a baccalaureate degree in health care.   In addition, the applicant is required to have a Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care, and licensed in their state of residence or the equivalent.

Loma Linda University will transfer up to a maximum of 50-quarter units to cover the respiratory care professional coursework, and up to a total of 105 quarter units (70 semester units) from accredited two-year colleges. All transferable course work from a four-year college or university is accepted at Loma Linda University. No coursework with a grade of C- or below will be accepted.


    David López, Ed.D., RRT, RCP
    Director, Master of Science Respiratory Care Program
     Email:   rcmasters@llu.edu