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Respiratory Care, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #924 (BCR) , MD,
Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Therapists manage ventilators, which deliver pressurized oxygen into the lungs of patients who cannot breathe for themselves.


The program is designed to be completed in one year. It is also designed so that the student can select to enter either a face to face or an online option. The online and face to face option will also utilize technology to enhance and promote the advanced study of respiratory care practice in a collaborative manner through individual and group research and projects. The outcome based courses, projects and research will enhance and promote the individuals selected field of specialization.


Advances in respiratory medicine, technology, and changes in health care have created a need for better prepared respiratory care practitioners with advanced abilities in research, basic sciences, and practice among others. Job analysis research by the National Board for Respiratory Care and the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) reveals that employers and the practice of respiratory care now expect higher skill levels from respiratory program graduates. The Master's degree in respiratory care seeks to graduate individuals with advanced knowledge and skills in the respiratory care profession including research, evidence based medicine, assessment, therapeutic interventions and management of patients with cardiopulmonary related disorders.

Possible Careers: Respiratory care educator, Respiratory researcher, Respiratory care manager, Advanced Respiratory care practitioner, industry leaders and consultants.


Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Wholeness Portfolio
  • Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I
  • Bioethics and Society
  • Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Research Concept in Respiratory Care Sciences
  • Capstone Project in Respiratory Care I

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The applicant will have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, the applicant is required to have a Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, and licensed as a respiratory care practitioner in their state of residence.
  • A minimum of two years of full-time, consecutive respiratory care practice experience.
  • Current AHA CPR certification and AHA certification in their area of professional practice (ACLS, PALS, NRP, etc).

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35017 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35017 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    35017 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35017 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

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