Respiratory Care

Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC)

Degree Plan & Curriculum

The Department of Respiratory Care offers the Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) degree.

Clinical education in Respiratory Care involves the application of skills acquired in the classroom and laboratory settings to actual patients in a clinical setting. Students must demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains and apply it to patient assessment, clinical reasoning, problem-solving, synthesizing care plans, and troubleshooting equipment.


See Also: SHP Bulletin

The MSRC curriculum is an intensive 94 credit hours over 2 years that includes 30 credit hours of clinical experience. The final semester culminates the educational experience with a capstone project, a clinical internship, and an intensive board exam review.

Prerequisites for the program include having a baccalaureate degree and 8 hours of anatomy, 4 hours of chemistry, 4 hours of physics, and 3 hours of statistics.

Total: 94 Credits

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Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care program, applicants must present official documentation of the following student competencies:

  • Degree:
    • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts
  • GPA
    • Minimum: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • Preferred: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Prerequisites
    23 credit hours of specified prerequisites from an accredited college or university

To check if your courses meet our prerequisite credits, visit the Texas General Education Core Web Center

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)8

Total Credit Hours: 23


  • A grade of "C" or higher is required to satisfy any prerequisite.
Application Process
  1. Visit the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) and sign in or create an account. New applicants should create an online account. Returning applicants should login and complete the application.
  2. Applicants are required to request to have their transcripts sent to AHCAS.
  3. Once the application is completed, we will review the application and notify you via email whether or not you have been accepted into the program.
  4. If accepted, you will need to log in to MyStar and accept the position of your desired program.
International Students

Applicants whose tertiary-level education has been completed at international institutions in a non-English speaking country must take and score satisfactorily on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if the native language is not English. A minimum satisfactory score is a total of 550 for the TOEFL PBT (or a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based)) or 6.5 for IELTS; however, TOEFL or IELTS score requirements are one of the many criteria of a student's admission, and the requirement could vary based upon previous education, GPA, and related factors.

Applicants from international institutions must use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide a verification and a course by course evaluation of transcripts in order to be considered for admission to programs at UTMB. The application will walk you through how to do this.

More information for international students including visa requirements can be found here on the UTMB Enrollment Services website.

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