School of Applied Health SciencesMaster of Science in Respiratory Care

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Why Choose Our Program?

Through a unique partnership with Rush University, Jacksonville University offers a Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) program to help prepare you for a successful career as an advanced respiratory care practitioner. Our Respiratory Care program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic cardiopulmonary dysfunction in diverse patient populations.

Our program:

  • Provides students high-quality, hands-on clinical placements in top-tier health systems like Baptist Health and Mayo Clinic
  • Maintains an average 1:11 faculty-student ratio that allows students the individualized attention they deserve
  • Qualifies graduates for national board examinations as well as state licensure

Virtual Information Session

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the program director and advisor to ask questions about our curriculum and admissions process.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

12:00 p.m.

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Dive Into the Rapidly Growing Field of Respiratory TherapyQuick Facts

With the demand for high-quality respiratory therapists on the rise, now is the time to dive into this rapidly growing healthcare field. High demand for graduates like you often allows for the opportunity to choose where in the country you will live and work, frequently receiving a sign-on bonus in the process.

Respiratory therapists work at the bedside in a wide variety of hands-on settings, so you can pursue a career you're passionate about. 

  • Hospitals, clinics, and physicians' offices
  • Critical care units and transport
  • Diagnostic laboratories and sleep centers
  • Home-care and extended-care facilities
  • Colleges, universities, and research facilities
1 of 9Programs in the Country
19%Job growth by 2022, U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 YearsProgram Completion Time
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Ready for Your Career Change?

Our MSRC program is designed to help non-respiratory care students dive into the field of respiratory therapy. Regardless of your undergraduate background, if you have completed the required prerequisite courses with a "C" grade or higher (see Admissions Requirements), you could gain admission to this program and begin working toward your new career.

Our program aspires to help students refine their leadership skills as they work through the curriculum. Students will learn the foundational skills needed to take on new and exciting leadership roles in clinical practice, their area of specialty, research, and education. 


To obtain a Master of Science in Respiratory Care, each student will complete 90 credit hours (29 credit hours are earned from the required prerequisite courses of their undergraduate degree). 

Students will complete the MS program in two years, full-time at JU's Jacksonville location. In addition to their academic courses, credits include one clinical seminar, three research projects, and four clinical practices (over 1000 hours).

Simulated Experience. Real Learning.Healthcare Simulation Center

Our state-of-the art Healthcare Simulation Center (HSC) provides learners with invaluable experiential learning. The HSC provides a safe and conducive educational environment that utilizes simulation to create a realistic learning experience for learners. This includes the incorporation of culturally diverse interpersonal communication skills, teamwork, clinical assessment, and skill proficiency.

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Admissions RequirementsHow to Apply

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Completed JU Application and submission of official transcripts for all college course work completed
  • A personal interview with division faculty
  • Completion of the following professional prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)
    • Chemistry (one course with lab preferred)
    • Human Anatomy (one course)
    • Human Physiology (one course)
    • Microbiology (one course with lab preferred)
    • Physics (One course with lab preferred)
    • Psychology (one course)
    • Statistics (one course)

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