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Online Master in Respiratory Care


Boise State University offers a fully online program designed for active Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) to pursue a Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) degree. Program curriculum, focused in educational leadership, is designed to support the professional advancement of RRT’s who wish to broaden the scope of Respiratory Care practice through the pursuit of administration and educational positions, either in academia or the healthcare setting, or those who wish to serve as leaders in the clinical setting by becoming content experts or consultants prepared with an advanced understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology and disease management.

Program Highlights

  • Annual fall semester (late August) cohort admissions
  • 36 semester credits, completed in two years
  • Courses offered sequentially, one course every seven weeks
  • Capstone Project that has an impact on patient care and professional advancement under faculty mentorship
  • CoARC Accreditation Status: program is currently in the process of fulfilling accreditation requirements. Approval of Intent received Spring 2018.

Our program provides a unique opportunity for practicing clinicians interested in advancing their careers through an integrated curriculum that not only emphasizes educational, health, and management theory as it applies to clinical practice, but also challenges the student to engage with colleagues from across the nation in a variety of mediums to explore those theories in varying contexts. Students will be prepared to and encouraged by the MSRC faculty to pursue presentation or publication of their research topics as well as to sit for the advanced credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).


“As a past Respiratory Care Manager and Vice President of Hospital Operations, I know how important it is to have highly qualified and educated practitioners at the bedside and in the classroom. It has been my experience and is my belief that advanced educational programs like the one you are considering at BSU will not only benefit the Boise community, but will enhance the care delivered throughout the northwest region as these new master’s prepared practitioners move through our healthcare systems”

-Kelvin Dwello RRT Past President, Idaho Society of Respiratory Care


Personal Student Support for all your Academic, Career, and Technical Needs

  • Tutoring, Workshops, and Writing Consultations

    academic supportThe Advising and Academic Support Center (AASC) provides academic support for students including online tutoring, academic coaching, and success workshops. The Boise State Writing Center provides online consultations for students who want feedback on their writing assignments.
  • Accessible course content and services

    educational accessWe design all our courses to meet current accessibility standards. However, if you need an additional accommodation to fully participate in online courses or programs at Boise State University, the Educational Access Center is here to support you. You can request services online and an Educational Access Specialist will work with you and your program to provide the necessary support for you to be successful.
  • Career Planning and Job Search

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  • Research, Citations, Tutorials, Inter-library Loan

    library servicesThe Albertsons Library at Boise State is a wealth of knowledge and resources you can use throughout your academic career. You will find resources to aid in your research, properly cite your sources, how-to videos, and a variety of tools you can access from a distance.
  • myBoiseState, Google Apps, Blackboard, Passwords

    tech supportThe Office of Information Technology at Boise State provides support for a variety of systems including myBoiseState, Google Apps, and Blackboard. Students can also download software like Microsoft Office, review online tutorials, and contact tech support. For more details see OIT Services for Students.

  • Proctored exams from a distance

    proctored examsSome programs and courses may require one or more proctored exams. Proctoring promotes academic fairness and ensures both the integrity and credibility of online courses and programs. The Testing Center can assist in locating and scheduling a proctored exam with an approved proctor.
  • GI Bill, Academic Services, Support

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