Program director
Abdullah Alismail

Medical director
Laren D. Tan

Advisory committee
Benga Agbelemose
Alan Alipoon
Abdullah Alismail
Anthea Gibbons
David Lopez
Michael Lum
Loreen Scott
Marco Soto
Laren D. Tan
Michael Terry

Program description

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:

  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, and leadership.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. Apply advanced respiratory care clinical skills to cardiopulmonary patients, using current evidence-based medicine practices.
  2. Exhibit fundamental skills in leadership and management in health care.
  3. Exhibit research interpretation skills in evidence-based medicine.
  4. Exhibit presentation skills necessary to successfully promote advancements in the respiratory care profession for health-care professionals.
  5. Participate in professional activities promoting professional growth.
  6. 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
  • Interview
  • G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

Technology requirements

Students are required to have an up-to-date laptop/computer that runs Windows or Mac OS to bring to class. All program materials, including quizzes, assignments, and exams, are completed electronically through our learning management system. 

AHCJ 519Graduate Wholeness Portfolio 31
AHCJ 566Theoretical Foundations of Leadership3
RELE 524Bioethics and Society3
RSTH 541Advanced Concepts in Critical Care I2
RSTH 550Advanced Procedures in Cardiopulmonary Science2
RSTH 560Advanced Cardiopulmonary Assessment, Diagnostics, and Monitoring2
RSTH 571Advanced Pathophysiology of Cardiopulmonary Diseases I3
RSTH 580Research Concepts in Respiratory Care Sciences3
RSTH 698Capstone Project in Respiratory Care (1, 2) 16
Elective Domains 220
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
Research-Proposal Writing
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
General Statistics
Biostatistics I
Biostatistics II
Biostatistics III
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
Organizational Theory
Integrating Emotional Intelligence Leadership into the Health-Care Professions
Personal Leadership
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
Health-Care Economics
Organizational Behavior in Health Care
Health-Care Finance
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
Instructional Effectiveness
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
Total Units45

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 [4] academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted