Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Specialty Practice — Online

The goal and planned outcome of the Respiratory Specialty Practice Certificate program is to help students working as Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) reach a competency level where they can become board-certified specialists in one or more of four specialty areas.

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Fall, Spring, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months


The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Specialty Practice is to prepare Registered Respiratory Therapists 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

After earning their graduate certificate, students working in these areas are expected to reach a competency level that allows them to become board-certified specialists in one or more of these four specialty areas.

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Unique Features

  • Choose from one of four specialty areas: adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, asthma and COPD education/wellness coordination, or pulmonary function testing
  • The certificate is designed to help students become board-certified RRT specialists
  • Program targeted toward working Registered Respiratory Therapists who wish to advance their knowledge and career 
  • Online program provides a flexible format for working professionals 

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Application Requirements

  • 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 resumé: current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Copy of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language

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Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Spring 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021) April 2, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021) May 14, 2021

Summer 2021

Recommended Admissions Deadline:
Domestic application complete (first half start: July 12, 2021) June 28, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: August 9, 2021) July 26, 2021

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