M.S. in Respiratory Care: Early Entry

The Early-Entry MSRC program leads to completion of all requirements for the BSRT and MSRC degrees in as few as three academic years including summers. In this program, students complete the BSRT requirements and begin graduate coursework in their Senior year. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate work may be double counted for both undergraduate and graduate programs. A student may be accepted at any time after completion of 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work, although it is expected that 90 hours of undergraduate coursework will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken. Early-Entry MS students will be expected to complete the requirements for the undergraduate degree by the time they have completed 15 hours of graduate work. 

Early-Entry students are charged undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register.  Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students are charged graduate tuition and fees.  NOTE:  Students in graduate programs that carry a tuition increment will be charged.  However, this fee will be removed after the add/drop deadline

For program eligibility, students should consult with the BSRT Undergraduate Program Coordinator and MSRC Graduate Program Director. Students must have at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and in good academic standing in the BSRT program for consideration to enroll in the Early-Entry MSRC program. 

Respiratory Therapy (RT) has become more complex over the past 20 years and requires that Respiratory Therapists have a greater breadth and depth of knowledge. Respiratory therapists need the ability to communicate more effectively in the interprofessional care team and serve as consultants in the delivery of respiratory support in the clinical environment. These expanded roles and expectations have led the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) to examine the future educational needs of the bedside respiratory therapist. A graduate degree has already become the norm for managers of large RT departments in North Carolina. As entry level education moves to the bachelor’s level, there will be greater demand for respiratory therapists with master’s degrees to teach in those programs.