Respiratory Care — M.S.R.C.

Program director
Traci Marin

Program description

The faculty of the Loma Linda University Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program believes in the promotion of and support for excellence in the profession of respiratory care and cardiopulmonary sciences through education, knowledge development, research, leadership, and public service. The mission of the program is to:

  1. Support the mission and goals of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions.
  2. Facilitate student professional development, expansion of knowledge, and contribution to the field of respiratory care and cardiopulmonary sciences through guidance, resources, leadership, and example.
  3. Support the medical community's needs for qualified advanced respiratory care practitioners and cardiopulmonary researchers that will facilitate positive changes through patient advocacy, leadership, knowledge discovery, and implementation.
  4. Encourage continuing professional and personal development within the community through volunteerism and community service geared toward disease prevention and intervention.

The four-quarter program is designed to allow customizable options for interactions with the program faculty both face-to-face and on-line offered through two tracks. Students receive and develop didactic and clinical knowledge to advance their expertise in areas of education, research, leadership, clinical performance, industry, and management in the cardiopulmonary sciences from an evidence-based perspective.  Courses combine discussion, projects, case studies, service activities, and web-enhanced learning.  Students in the online program will be required to schedule an online orientation one week prior to the beginning of their courses.

An optional two-quarter, advanced practice clinical practicum is also included that requires the consent of the program director, the department chair, and the medical director—along with the approval and acceptance of a physician preceptor agreement form on file.

Program objectives

  1. Graduate practitioners who will impact health-care delivery by representing leadership and excellence in the clinical setting.
  2. Graduate professionals who maintain and improve upon recognized educational standards of the profession.
  3. Graduate professionals who employ proper ethics within the profession.
  4. Graduate individuals who are able to interpret basic and applied scientific knowledge and translate that information to the clinical arena.
  5. Graduate innovative clinicians who are able to develop novel, important hypotheses and execute activities to explore such hypotheses.

Program outcomes

In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, the professional Master of Science in Respiratory Care degree graduates are expected to meet the following program and curriculum learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based and advanced knowledge in respiratory care.
    • Apply evidence-based and advanced adult, pediatric, and neonatal respiratory care concepts and treatment plans in the areas of pathophysiology, diagnostics, advanced interventions, gas exchange therapy, medical gas therapy, airway care, and ventilatory support systems (invasive and noninvasive).
    • Perform evidence-based, advanced patient assessment; as well as diagnostic skills for the cardiopulmonary patient.
  2. Demonstrate advanced leadership skills.
    • Develop fundamental skills in leadership.
    • Graduate leaders who engage in activities that advance the respiratory care profession.
    • Develop fundamental skills in topic presentation to health-care professionals and the patient-care community.
  3. Apply research, statistical methods, and current technology to evaluate and better serve the medical community.
    • Continue the development of skills to conduct and interpret research in the health-care arena.
    • Apply research skills to clinical and theoretical situations.
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and clinical skills in respiratory care practice.
    • Apply advanced clinical skills to the cardiopulmonary patient.
    • Apply problem-solving skills in the areas of advanced pulmonary and cardiology physiology and related diagnostics to cardiopulmonary patients.

In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education that has either U.S. regional accreditation or an international institution that has the appropriate government recognition as a degree-granting institution.
  • Required to have earned the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care, and licensed in their state of residence or eligible to practice by the government or equivalent.
AHCJ 519Graduate Wholeness Portfolio1
AHCJ 545Legal and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions3
AHCJ 566Theoretical Foundations of Leadership3
AHRM 571Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
AHRM 572Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
RELE 524Bioethics and Society3
RSTH 501Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I3
RSTH 502Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology II3
RSTH 571Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases I3
RSTH 572Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases II3
RSTH 580Research Concept in Respiratory Care Sciences3
RSTH 585Current Issues in Respiratory and Health Care Policy3
Choose one focus area. All courses in chosen focus are required.12
Advanced Concepts in Critical Care I
Advanced Concepts Critical Care II
Advanced Procedures in Cardiopulmonary Science
Advanced Cardiopulmonary Assessment, Diagnostics, and Monitoring
Advanced Clinical Practice in Respiratory Care I
Advanced Clinical Practice in Respiratory Care II
Sleep Neurophysiology and Pathologies
Methodologies in Sleep Disorder Assessment and Intervention
Advanced Polysomnography Practicum
RSTH 591Capstone Project in Respiratory Care I3
RSTH 592Capstone Project in Respiratory Care II3
RSTH 593Capstone Project in Respiratory Care III3
RSTH 594Capstone Project in Respiratory Care IV3
Total Units58

Normal time to complete the program

1 year (4 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required

Capstone requirement

Capstone project must be completed as a written document and presented orally as a seminar.  It must be publishable quality and be pushed toward publication.  Note that capstone courses may be completed prior to capstone project as they are set in place to generate the foundation for the project. However, capstone projects must be completed at the level of publishable standards to meet graduation requirements.