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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. 


  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. 

  2. To prepare students for the emerging roles and functions within the respiratory care domains of leadership, research, and clinical specialization. 

  3. To provide graduate level education that will prepare students to advance problem-solving skills with the ability to analyze and evaluate systems, technology, regulations, data needs to assist in creating new programs and systems, and policy development. 

  4. To provide a broad-based program of coursework that supports the varied aspects of RC practice focusing on management, supervision, education, evidence-based medicine, and healthcare research. 

  5. To provide additional knowledge, skills and attributes to prepare graduates to better serve as leaders and physician-extenders in clinical, research, managerial, education and extended care settings. 

We are accepting applications for the Summer 2020 semester. Apply now and start your journey. The degree can be completed in only 4 semesters! 

courses offered online:

Core and leadership

courses in hybrid format:


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 concentration are both delivered 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


Texas State University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Although not required for completion of the MSRC for Degree Advancement, Texas State University is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, Texas State University can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC. Information on the CoARC can be found here.