Respiratory Care — M.S.R.C.
Laren D. Tan
Laren D. Tan
The faculty of the Loma Linda University Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program believe 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, and leadership.
- Support the medical community's needs for qualified graduate respiratory therapists and cardiopulmonary researchers who will facilitate positive changes through patient advocacy, leadership, and knowledge discovery and implementation.
- Encourage continuing professional and personal development within the community through volunteerism and community service geared toward disease prevention, education, and intervention.
The four-quarter program is designed to allow customizable options for interactions with the program faculty—both face-to-face and online—offered through various electives. The core curriculum courses set the foundation for this graduate degree in respiratory care. In addition, electives may be chosen by students, based on their area of interest and with program director approval. Program electives are in the areas of leadership and management, education, research, advanced clinical practice, and polysomnography.
Program learning outcomes
In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, by the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:
- Apply advanced respiratory care clinical skills to cardiopulmonary patients, using current evidence-based medicine practices.
- Exhibit fundamental skills in leadership and management in health care.
- Exhibit research interpretation skills in evidence-based medicine.
- Exhibit presentation skills necessary to successfully promote advancements in the respiratory care profession for health-care professionals.
- Participate in professional activities promoting professional growth.
- Exhibit mastery of best practices in treating cardiopulmonary patients.
Admission to the Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program is open all year long. Students may apply to autumn, winter, spring, or summer quarters. In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
- An earned baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution of higher education or an international institution having appropriate government recognition as a degree-granting institution
- 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
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
|AHCJ 519||Graduate Wholeness Portfolio 3||1|
|AHCJ 566||Theoretical Foundations of Leadership||3|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||3|
|RSTH 541||Advanced Concepts in Critical Care I||2|
|RSTH 550||Advanced Procedures in Cardiopulmonary Science||2|
|RSTH 560||Advanced Cardiopulmonary Assessment, Diagnostics, and Monitoring||2|
|RSTH 571||Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases I||3|
|RSTH 580||Research Concepts in Respiratory Care Sciences||3|
|RSTH 698||Capstone Project in Respiratory Care (1, 2) 1||6|
|Elective Domains 2||20|
|Choose courses from the different elective domains below with program director approval.|
|Domain I: Research Methods and Statistics|
|Writing for Health-Care Professionals|
|Research and Statistics Concepts and Methods: Intermediate|
|Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature|
|Principles of Epidemiology|
|Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing|
|Analytical Applications of SAS and R|
Only one of the following standalone statistics courses or sequences may count toward degree units:
|Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I 2|
|Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II 2|
|Research and Statistics I|
|Research and Statistics II|
|Domain II: Leadership and Management|
|Legal and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions|
|Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment|
|Professional Responsibility in Allied Health Professions|
|Integrating Emotional Intelligence Leadership into the Healthcare Professions|
|Basics of Marketing|
|Fundamentals of Human Resource Management|
|Strategic Planning in Health-Care Organizations|
|Fundamentals of Health-Care Finance|
|Accounting Fundamentals in Health-Care Management|
|Organizational Behavior in Health Care|
|Managing Human Resources in Health-Care Organizations|
|Health Systems Strategic Planning|
|Health-Care Information Systems|
|The U.S. Health-Care System|
|Quality and Performance Improvement for Health Care|
|Current Issues in Respiratory and Health Care Policy|
|Management and Leadership in Respiratory Care Project|
|Domain III: Education|
|Educational Evaluation and Clinical Assessment|
|Transformational Teaching and Learning|
|Curriculum Development in Higher Education|
|Administration in Higher Education|
|Collaborative Learning in Higher Education|
|Curricula Planning in Health Sciences|
|Respiratory Care Education Project|
|Sleep Neurophysiology and Pathologies|
|Methodologies in Sleep Disorder Assessment and Intervention|
|Advanced Polysomnography Practicum|
|Advance Respiratory Care Practicum|
|Advanced Clinical Practice in Respiratory Care I|
|Advanced Clinical Practice in Respiratory Care II|
Multiple registrations required to complete total unit requirement.
Students lacking research and statistics must take AHRM 571 Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I and AHRM 572 Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II (or equivalent) as part of their degree completion requirements.
Fulfills service learning requirement.
The capstone project must be completed as a written document of publishable quality and presented orally as a seminar (face-to-face or online). It must be prepared either for publication or implementation (including protocol) at the facility for which it was designed. The program director will assign each student a mentor having expertise in the student's chosen capstone topic area.
Normal time to complete the program
One (1) year (four  academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted