School of Applied Health SciencesMaster of Science in Respiratory Care

A team of respiratory therapists using a respiratory device on a model patient.

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, which is provisionally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 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

All applicants for the Master of Science in Respiratory Care program are considered for the JU Merit Scholarship, no additional application needed.

This program is not currently accepting applications. 


The Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences is dedicated to the success of our students, and we proudly offer services and resources specifically for students in healthcare fields.

Jacksonville University also offers institutional resources, as well.


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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

The goal of our program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). We are preparing future leaders of the industry by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in management, education, research and advanced clinical practice - which may include an area of clinical specialization.

1 of 9Programs in the Country
23%Job growth by 2030, U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 YearsProgram Completion Time
$61,830Average salary for respiratory therapists in 2021, U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics
The JU MS Respiratory Care cohort smiling with Florida Society for Respiratory Care President and Program Director

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 91 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).


  • Completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
    • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 will be considered if cumulative science courses were greater than a 2.7 GPA
  • Completed JU Application and submission of official transcripts for all college course work completed
  • A one-way recorded virtual interview. This can be done from anywhere! The questions will be presented to you at the time of recording. You will have 10 minutes to respond to five questions. This component is found within the online application; you will not receive a separate link.
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent
  • 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)


This program is currently not accepting applications.

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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