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Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC)

Tom & ChrisThe Master of Science in Respiratory Care degree program was approved on 4/3/17 by The Higher Education Coordinating Board to begin Fall 2017. The MSRC is a 36-hour, online post-professional program comprised of a 24-hour core of Respiratory Care (RC) courses plus a 12-hour option of one of two concentrations, Leadership or Polysomnography. The MSRC combines a research component with a pulmonary physiology foundation required for mid- to high-level clinical specialists, managers, and educators and will prepare individuals to work side-by-side with physicians to provide advanced practice skills. The online delivery system makes possible degree completion for working therapists while remaining employed in their geographic location. Students completing the Polysomnography Concentration are eligible to sit for the Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) subspecialty credential exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).



REQUIRED CORE (24-hours)

  • RC 5301 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology
  • RC 5302 - Clinical Practice Guidelines and RC Protocols
  • RC 5303 - Respiratory Care Research Methods & Designs
  • RC 5304 - Cardiopulmonary Disease Patient Education
  • RC 5305 - Respiratory Care Applied Research
  • RC 5306 - Academic Leadership in Respiratory Care
  • RC 5307 - Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar
  • RC 5308 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics & Therapeutics



  • HA 5304 - Healthcare Economics & Financial Theory
  • HA 5321 - Healthcare Law
  • HA 5362 - Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory
  • LTCA 5335 - Financial Management in Long Term Care



  • RC 5211 - Polysomnography Instrumentation
  • RC 5214 - Sleep Staging and Diagnostics
  • RC 5215 - Clinical Polysom-Sleep Staging
  • RC 5310 - Fundamentals of Polysomnography
  • RC 5313 - Polysom Therapeutic Intervention


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - October 15 (resident) or October 1 (international). Applications will be accepted for review after this date for the Spring semester.

  • For a direct link to Graduate College Admissions go to:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution (U.S. citizens)
    • International students not eligible for the NBRC RRT credential must have a baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Care/Therapy
  • Proof of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential granted through the National Board for Respiratory Care (U.S. Citizens)
    • International students not eligible for the NBRC credential must complete their country's credentialing exam, if one exists
  • Must meet the Graduate College's minimum GPA of 2.75 for the last 60 hours of letter-grade coursework
  • Completion of Texas State Graduate College online application through Apply Texas
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40.00
  • One official transcript from each senior level, post-secondary institution attended mailed directly from the institution to The Graduate College
  • Three letters of reference from professionals or academics competent to assess the applicant's interest in pursuing a career or advancing in the field of study
  • A current resume
  • An applicant's written statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program
  • International students must adhere to the requirements stipulated by The Graduate College

Graduate Program Director & Advisor
Dr. Christopher Russian mailto
Health Professions Building 350A

Advisor Support
Maria Beltran-Rodriguez mailto
Health Professions Building 501A