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Respiratory Care

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Christopher Russian
Willow Hall, Room 214

Advisor Support
Josie Nieto
Willow Hall, Room 214

Department of Respiratory Care
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The Department of Respiratory Care operates two research labs, three teaching labs and a four-bed sleep lab that is fully accredited to diagnose and treat patients suffering from sleep disorders. Students have access to internationally recognized faculty and the most up-to date equipment to complement learning and research opportunities.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S.R.C. Leadership 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.R.C. Leadership 48 Non-Thesis Polysomnography
M.S.R.C. Polysomnography 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadlines above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis after the priority deadline has passed.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (U.S. Citizens)
    • International applicants not eligible for the NBRC RRT credential must have a baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Care/Therapy
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • proof of the RRT national credential administered through the NBRC (U.S. Citizens)
    • International students not eligible for the NBRC credential must complete their country’s credentialing exam, if one exists
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals or academics competent to assess your interest in pursuing a career or advancing in the field of study

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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