The UNC Charlotte Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) program is a 30-credit hour, fully online program designed for practicing respiratory care professionals. The program prepares respiratory therapists to advance the respiratory care profession through leadership and evidence-based practice. Students have the opportunity to pursue relevant topics that can be applied to current practice. The program provides graduates with additional knowledge, skills, and competencies that support advancement opportunities in clinical leadership, educational leadership, scholarship and research, and disease management.
Respiratory Therapy (RT) has become more complex over the past 20 years and requires that Respiratory Therapists have a greater breadth and depth of knowledge. Respiratory therapists need the ability to communicate more effectively in the inter-professional care team and serve as consultants in the delivery of respiratory support in the clinical environment. These expanded roles and expectations have led the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) to examine the future educational needs of the bedside respiratory therapist. A graduate degree has already become the norm for managers of large RT departments in North Carolina. As entry level education moves to the bachelor’s level, there will be greater demand for respiratory therapists with master’s degrees to teach in those programs.