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Master of Science in Respiratory Care (M.S.R.C.)

The Master of Science in Respiratory Care (M.S.R.C.) program prepares mid- to high-level clinical specialists, managers, researchers, and educators to function at a higher intellectual level. The MSRC is a degree advancement program that combines core graduate respiratory care courses with specialty track courses. 

Goal of the MSRC

  1. To provide graduates with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, and/or advanced clinical practice that will enable them to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.

We are accepting applications for the Summer 2021 semester.

Apply now and start your journey.

fully online courses

Core and Leadership

online and hybrid courses


Career Prospects

Graduate degrees can lead to career and personal development. The M.S.R.C. at Texas State will prepare respiratory therapists for roles in leadership, education, research, administration, and polysomnography. The program’s extensive training in patient education, disease management and guideline development makes graduates an asset to hospitals, specialty clinics, healthcare agencies and drug companies. M.S.R.C. graduates may find opportunities as a faculty in an academic institution, manager/director in a hospital department, clinical or sales specialist in a healthcare equipment company, research scientist/coordinator, disease management educator/coordinator, and sleep and scoring technologist. Of course, the M.S.R.C. courses expand the knowledge of a practicing respiratory therapist and would make that person more valuable at the bedside working with other healthcare providers.

Advanced Credentials

Students completing the M.S.R.C. polysomnography concentration are encouraged to take the Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) subspecialty credential exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Program Structure and Topics

The M.S.R.C. is a post-professional program composed of a 24-hour core curriculum (delivered online) and one of two 12-hour concentrations: leadership (delivered online) or polysomnography (sleep diagnostics; delivered in hybrid format). Full-time students can complete the degree in four semesters.


The core curriculum and leadership curriculum are both delivered completely online.

Core curriculum course work covers:

  • Cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Clinical practice guidelines and protocols
  • Research methods and designs
  • Patient education
  • Academic leadership
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics

Leadership concentration course work covers:

  • Healthcare Economics and Financial theory
  • Healthcare law
  • Organizational behavior and theory
  • Healthcare Finance for Clinical Leaders


Courses for the polysomnography concentration are delivered through online and hybrid format.

Polysomnography concentration curriculum covers:

  • Sleep physiology
  • Instrumentation
  • Sleep staging
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics



The Department of Respiratory Care (COARC program # 520017) awarding the Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) degree at Texas State University holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (; Phone: 817-354-8519)

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR)) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit.

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an “outcomes based” process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic information can be found on The CoARC’s outcomes webpage at