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Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pre-Health Professions Program:
Regina Schurman, Ed.D., RCEP, CPA
Phone: (630) 829-2171
Office Hours: by appointment
Pre-health Professions Advisor
Jennifer Salutric, M.S.
Phone: (630) 829-6563
Office Hours: by appointment
College of Science General Advisor: