Respiratory Care — M.S.R.C.
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:
- Support the mission and goals of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions.
- Facilitate student professional development, expansion of knowledge, and contribution to the field of respiratory care and cardiopulmonary sciences through guidance, resources, leadership, and example.
- 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.
- 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.
- Graduate practitioners who will impact health-care delivery by representing leadership and excellence in the clinical setting.
- Graduate professionals who maintain and improve upon recognized educational standards of the profession.
- Graduate professionals who employ proper ethics within the profession.
- Graduate individuals who are able to interpret basic and applied scientific knowledge and translate that information to the clinical arena.
- Graduate innovative clinicians who are able to develop novel, important hypotheses and execute activities to explore such hypotheses.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 519||Graduate Wholeness Portfolio||1|
|AHCJ 545||Legal and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions||3|
|AHCJ 566||Theoretical Foundations of Leadership||3|
|AHRM 571||Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I||3|
|AHRM 572||Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II||3|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||3|
|RSTH 501||Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|RSTH 502||Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|RSTH 571||Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases I||3|
|RSTH 572||Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases II||3|
|RSTH 580||Research Concept in Respiratory Care Sciences||3|
|RSTH 585||Current Issues in Respiratory and Health Care Policy||3|
|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 591||Capstone Project in Respiratory Care I||3|
|RSTH 592||Capstone Project in Respiratory Care II||3|
|RSTH 593||Capstone Project in Respiratory Care III||3|
|RSTH 594||Capstone Project in Respiratory Care IV||3|
Normal time to complete the program
1 year (4 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required
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.