With the University of Mary’s Master of Science in Respiratory Therapy program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide therapies, develop care strategies, and offer education for patients suffering from respiratory and cardiac problems.

The Master of Science in Respiratory Therapy (MSRT) offers individuals with bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than respiratory therapy the opportunity to complete the professional component of the respiratory therapy program for graduate credit and enter practice with advanced preparation. The professional respiratory therapy program is located at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota and is co-sponsored by the University of Mary and CHI St. Alexius Health. Graduates of the professional curriculum are eligible to sit for state licensing and national credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, leading to the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

At a Glance

Projected job growth for respiratory therapists over the next decade

Program Length

Two Years


  • In-person in Bismarck, ND

Cost per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Individuals who want to enter the respiratory therapy field but do not hold a respiratory therapy degree of any type
  • Medical and other professionals who want to make a career change
  • Those who want to start their respiratory therapy career at an advanced level

Career Paths

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Department Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Case Manager
  • Home Health Specialist

What You’ll Learn

The Respiratory Therapy master’s degree program at the University of Mary offers unique learning experiences and hands-on opportunities to learn within a supportive healthcare community. When you graduate, you will be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Knowledge of the physiological bases for therapeutic interventions and diagnostic procedures in all areas of respiratory therapy practice.
  • Implementing all respiratory therapy treatment and diagnostic procedures.
  • Interpreting physical exam findings, cardiopulmonary monitoring data, laboratory data, and diagnostic imaging information.
  • Establishing an evidence base for best practice through research and the critique and interpretation of the professional scientific literature.
  • Knowledge of the ethical obligations and responsibilities of healthcare professionals and institutions.
  • Oral and written communication, including the preparation of a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Program Details

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall college grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher.
  • A 3.00 or higher GPA in the respiratory therapy program’s prerequisite pre-professional courses in math, biology, chemistry, physics, pharmacology, ethics, English (communication), and social sciences, with no individual course grade below a “C.”
  • Please mail your official transcripts and the following items to the University of Mary at
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND  58504
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  • Two letters of reference from your undergraduate professors or academic counselors who are in a position to judge your written communication proficiency and ability to perform graduate-level work.
  • Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
  • General Inorganic Chemistry (two semesters)
  • Microbiology
  • College Algebra
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (two semesters)
  • Pharmacology

Applications for the fall cohort are due February 15 of each year. 

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • In-person in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $595 per credit
  • Application fee: $30
  • Technology/Distance Ed fee: $30 per credit
  • Parking and security fee: $150 per semester

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