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Master of Science- Respiratory Care


Why a Master's degree in Respiratory Care?

Respiratory therapists partner with patient’s health care team to apply scientific principles to prevent, identify and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Patients represent diverse populations, from newborns and children to adults and the elderly.

Benedictine University partners with Rush University as the only institution in Illinois to offer a respiratory therapist master’s degree. The Master of Science in Respiratory Care program has a uniquely designed curriculum that offers outstanding leadership and advanced practice preparation in multiple areas, including critical care, neonatal care and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.

What careers are there for Respiratory Care?

Clinicians with advanced training in Respiratory Care lead teams of respiratory therapy technicians and other staff to perform patient assessment, care plan development and respiratory care protocol administration; critical care, including airway care, ventilatory support, physiologic monitoring and advanced life support; perinatal and pediatric respiratory care; cardiopulmonary diagnostics and pulmonary function testing; and patient education.

Respiratory Care program graduates are highly desired and successfully employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices; critical care units and transport; diagnostic laboratories and sleep centers; home care and extended-care facilities; colleges, universities and research facilities; and in industry.

How does the program work?

The 3+2 program between Benedictine University’s undergraduate BA degree in Biology and Rush University’s master’s program in Respiratory Care is uniquely designed for leadership and advanced practice preparation. Rush’s master’s program, which is typically full-time and lasts two years, combines advanced coursework with diverse clinical fieldwork and research to thoroughly prepare students for careers as advanced-level respiratory therapists.

When you major in Biology (BA) as part of the 3+2 program in Respiratory Care at Benedictine University, you will follow a three-year sequence of liberal arts and science courses. You are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Before March 1 of your junior year, you will have the opportunity to apply to Rush University’s Master of Science program. Successful completion of the entire 3+2 program results in a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine University and a Master of Science degree from Rush University.

Program Highlights

  • Rush University offers the only respiratory care master's degree program in Illinois.
  • Students gain hands-on experience at top-tier academic medical centers in Chicago.
  • The program prepares students for entry-level and advanced respiratory therapist exams.
  • Students experience Rush’s innovative practitioner-teacher model in which faculty assume multiple roles as educators, researchers and practitioners.
  • The programs have a low student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring that each student receives individualized attention.

Rush’s respiratory care programs hold a letter of review from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. This status ensures that all students who complete the program are eligible for the examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care and state licensure in Illinois.

Please visit the Rush website for a complete list of admissions requirements.

The Benedictine Benefit.

The Benedictine Benefit

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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers specialized advising for all students interested in a healthcare profession, regardless of their major. Our nationally-recognized faculty enjoy engaging students at all levels in investigative research in their laboratories, often presenting their work at national, professional conferences. Our students are active in the many student organizations on campus, athletics, and campus ministries, all of which contribute to a broadly fulfilling college experience.

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119