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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 and educators to provide advanced-practice skills. The program combines a foundation in pulmonary physiology with a research component.


courses offered online:

Core and leadership

courses in hybrid format:

Polysomnography


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.

Online

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:

  • Financial theory
  • Healthcare law
  • Organizational behavior and theory
  • Financial management

In-Person

Courses for the polysomnography concentration are delivered in a hybrid format requiring face-to-face contact in a sleep clinic and laboratory on the Round Rock Campus.

Polysomnography concentration course work covers:

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