Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Specialty Practice

Campus Locations Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 16
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


The goal and planned outcome of the Respiratory Specialty Practice Concentration and Certificate Program are to meet the need for registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) to document their competency in one of four respiratory care specialist practice areas:

  1. Adult Critical Care
  2. Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care
  3. Asthma and COPD Education/Wellness Coordination
  4. Pulmonary Function Testing .

The goal and expected outcome is to help students working in these areas to reach a competency level where they can become board certified specialists in one or more of the four specialty areas.  



Required Courses (8 q.h.)

RPT 7400 Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders 4 q.h.
RPT 7401 Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Diagnostics 4 q.h. 


Elective Courses (8 q.h.)

Choose two of the following courses:

RPT 7402 Adult Critical Care 4 q.h.
RPT 7403 Neonatal and Pediatric Care 4 q.h. 
RPT 7404 Pulmonary Wellness Education and Coordination  4 q.h.
RPT 7405 Development of Patient Management Plans 4 q.h.


Required minimum credit hours: 16 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application (no application fee required)
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Copy of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $10,736.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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