RPT

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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Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

Overview

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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General Requirements

Required Courses

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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

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

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

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Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

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Cost and Tuition

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.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

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