Program Overview

Canisius College offers an online Master of Science in Respiratory Care. This program is designed for registered respiratory therapists and health professionals, including nurses, doctors, physical therapists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, and occupational therapists. Completion of this program will broaden student’s knowledge of pulmonary care. This program has the potential to be completed in as little as one year.

Students will take seven core courses and four specialty track courses in either Respiratory Therapeutics or Respiratory Care Education. The core courses include Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Applied Statistics for the Health Professions, Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology, Cardiopulmonary Pharmacodynamics, Research Methods in Allied Health, Pulmonary Function Testing, and Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Students who chose to follow the Respiratory Therapeutics track will need to take Medical Nutrition Therapy, Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring, Advanced Topics in Ventilatory Support, and complete a Master’s Project. Students who chose the Respiratory Care Education track will take Learning with Technology, Adult Learning Theory, and complete a Masters Theory I and II course.

Students in the online Master's in Respiratory Care program can expect to prepare for clinical practice, undergo leadership training in management, supervision, education and research, develop skills to formulate appropriate questions, organize and test hypotheses, and apply research results to practice, among other acquired skills. Graduates will demonstrate content knowledge necessary for successful performance. Students will also learn how to continually assess and refine their newly acquired skills.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The Canisius College School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

    School Overview

    In 1870, German Jesuits constructed a building to establish Canisius College in Buffalo New York. Today, this institute has grown to include 56 structures on 72 acres. More importantly, Canisius College still retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage.

    Students can pursue over 100 majors, minors, and other programs of study, and Canisius offers students 1,000 plus courses, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. For students seeking graduate level work, Canisius offers degrees in the fields of business, education, arts & sciences, counseling & human services, allied health, and administration. Options for completion include one hundred percent online coursework, hybrid courses with short residency requirements, half-online and half campus-based courses, and blended courses taught primarily face-to-face with an added web-based component. Canisius College supports distance learners with resources, such as technical help, tutorials, and an online learning readiness webpage.


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