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

23%
Projected job growth for respiratory therapists over the next decade

Program Length

Two Years

Format

  • In-person in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Credit

$595

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

 

Your first step is to apply for candidacy by submitting the application for admission < https://enroll.umary.edu/apply/>. Candidacy means you are on your way to completing the admissions process! You will need to be accepted into your program before you can enroll in classes. The application deadline for the fall cohort is February 15th

Upon receiving candidacy, you will need to submit the following to be considered for admissions into a graduate program: 

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A 3.0 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. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each of these respiratory therapy prerequisite courses:
  • General Inorganic Chemistry (two semesters)
  • Microbiology
  • College Algebra
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (two semesters)
  • Pharmacology
  • Official transcripts -  Your official transcripts and any test scores that may be required by your program to be sent to the university. Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Application/enrollment fee - This will be collected at the time you fill out the online application.
  • 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.

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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