Nov 29, 2023
Return to: 5140 Department of Respiratory Therapy
Advanced Practice Option
The program of study for a Traditional or Online Master’s of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours. At this time the hours are:
- Health Science Core (9 hours)
- Specialization Curriculum (Respiratory Therapy) (21 hours)
- Thesis/Project (6 hours)
Health Science Core Curriculum (9 Hours)
Choose 4 courses from the following
Required Courses (9)
Specialization Curriculum (21 Hours)
Choose 6 courses from the following Required Courses (21)
Advanced Practice (6 Hours)
Respiratory Therapy students will register for six hours of RT 7995 Directed Study. Two-3 hour courses must be completed. These courses do not have to be taken consecutively.
Students must be enrolled in RT 7995 each semester as they continue to work on completion of the requirements for advanced practice.
Course substitutions may be authorized by the Department Chair in sections I and II only. All authorizations must be in writing by the Department Chair before a student registers for the course.
For the two-3 hour RT 7995 courses the student will need to successfully pass 2 credentialing exams. The exam will be taken in the semester RT 7995 is registered or 2 exams can be taken in 1 semester and credit will be given in the next semester that RT 7995 is registered upon submitting proof of passing success. A copy of the exam certificate will be required by the end of the semester the exam is completed in order to receive a grade in RT 7995. The exam options include:
- Neonatal-Perinatal Specialist
- Advanced Critical Care Specialist
- Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist
- Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist
- Certified Sleep Disorder Specialist
- Registered Sleep Disorder Specialist
- Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
- Certified Asthma Educator
The student must successfully pass the credentialing exam in the same semester that RT 7995 is registered. If the student fails the exam, it can be repeated in the same semester. If the student does not pass the exam in the same semester that RT 7995 is registered then the student must re-register for RT 7995 in the next semester. This will continue until the exam is passed.
To receive credit for the courses you will need to:
- Register for RT 7995.
- Register for one of the exams in the same semester you register for RT 7995.
- Sit for the exam in the same semester.
- Show your passing score from the grading sheet that you receive after completing the exam.
- Provide to the department a copy of the official certificate.
- You will receive your grade for RT 7995 at the end of the semester when grades are due.
If you sit for two exams in the same semester you will need to register for the second RT 7995 in the next semester. You will receive credit for the second exam that you passed in that next semester for RT 7995. You must continue to register for RT 7995 until 2 exams have been successfully completed.
If a student is already credentialed with one of the exams listed that student can receive credit for RT 7995 for each credential. For example if a student has the RRT-NPS credential the following will need to be completed:
- Register for RT 7995 and pay for the course
- Provide to the department a copy of the official examination certificate.
- You will receive your grade for RT 7995 at the end of the semester when grades are submitted.
Clinical Course Requirements
Students who must complete a clinical component as part of their program of study must complete the department’s health form and provide evidence of current tuberculosis status, immunization for hepatitis B, and review of current CDC guidelines on universal precautions. The health form and review of CDC guidelines on universal precautions must be updated annually. Clinical agencies may require additional evidence of health status. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the graduate program director in their academic unit prior to beginning a clinical assignment. Liability insurance must be purchased before the clinical course begins.