The online Master of Science in Respiratory Therapy was designed to provide respiratory therapists, who currently hold a bachelor’s degree, with increased knowledge and preparation to facilitate their transition into educator and/or managerial roles. The program is designed for working adults who need to maintain employment while furthering their education. Students will take two courses per semester for five semesters, and have the ability to select one of three available concentrations that focus on the career advancement goals. All of our online programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Respiratory therapists work with patients to care for diseases related to the lungs and respiratory system, most notably those suffering from COPD. Respiratory therapists can work in clinical settings, hospitals, hospices or even home-based care situations.
Professionals working in home-based care cover a range of duties, including working with patients to help alleviate pain, as well as teaching them how to use technical equipment and instructing family members or other caregivers on best practices.
Other responsibilities include disease management, documentation, patient education and caregiver training. In addition, you must have technical knowledge of how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot equipment with limited resources while in a patient’s home.
Our Master’s in Respiratory Therapy is a completely online program that prepares students for career advancement in one of our three concentrations: Health Informatics, Health Care Administration or Higher Education.
“What I am learning and what I have learned is WELL worth the hard work and sacrifice of time and money. I am so excited to be part of the promotion of this field as well. I believe in our field, and I am an eager advocate for the requirement that all RTs hold a bachelor's degree.”
Yes. The vast majority of our students work throughout their time in their academic program. It is important to assess course load and financial aid to understand how to balance school and working.
If possible, students may cut down on their work hours during a clinical portion of a program.
Classes are asynchronous. You can log on anytime 24/7 to complete your coursework. Some, but not all tests are proctored using Examity proctoring software.
Most of our programs do not require onsite visits, but there are a couple of exceptions.
If you are interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Midwifery, you will have two skills intensives that take place on campus. The Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program has one onsite visit that occurs during the first semester.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.
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