The Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership, designed for practicing respiratory therapists, incorporates an action-learning, leadership-oriented approach to advance your clinical knowledge.
The Affordable Care Act, recent technological advances, and a growing elderly population are escalating the need for skilled respiratory therapists. To be successful, today’s respiratory care leaders must be skilled educators, department managers, practitioners, case managers and research coordinators.
In response, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies has developed the online Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership. Created for practicing respiratory therapists, this master’s degree in respiratory care incorporates an action-learning approach that builds leadership competencies and advances your clinical knowledge. Core respiratory care courses cover areas such as advanced cardiopulmonary physiology, development of clinical practice guidelines and protocols, respiratory therapist education and applied research design. In addition, you will have the opportunity to focus your studies in one of four concentrations: health management, adult and organizational learning, clinical trial design, and respiratory specialty practice.
Designed to enhance the clinical knowledge and leadership capacity of respiratory therapists
Option to choose a specialty concentration on which to focus
Online Program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
Develop and evaluate strategies for appointment to leadership positions
Prepare and evaluate plans for career advancement
Evaluate the leadership challenges facing the respiratory therapy profession
Describe and interpret statistical tests applied to medical research data
Apply evidence-based medicine and advanced cardiopulmonary physiology concepts to clinical practice
Review and evaluate published research
Analyze and apply research-based evidence
Evaluate respiratory therapists’ evolving roles and responsibilities
Compare and contrast the political and economic factors that affect the profession of respiratory therapy
Understand how to complete systematic state-of-the-art reviews to summarize evidence based on a thorough literature search and critical appraisal of individual studies
Understand how to be effective as a program director or director of clinical education for baccalaureate or graduate respiratory therapist programs
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
Copy of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) license
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Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership General Requirements
45 total quarter hours required.
Required Respiratory Care Courses
RPT 7200 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology
RPT 7205 - The Evolving Roles of Respiratory Care Professionals
RPT 7210 - Research Design
RPT 7215 - Applied Research in Respiratory Care
RPT 7300 - Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines and Respiratory Care Protocols
RPT 7302 - Respiratory Therapist Education
Required Leadership Courses
Complete two of the following:
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
LDR 6140 - Strategic Leadership
Choose one from the following:
Concentration in Adult and Organizational Learning
Complete four of the following:
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
EDU 6201 - The Landscape of Higher Education
EDU 6202 - Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
EDU 6221 - Enrollment, Retention, Graduation, Success
EDU 6319 - How People Learn
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
EDU 6447 - The Demographics of Higher Education
Concentration in Clinical Trial Design
Complete four of the following:
BTC 6210 - Human Experimentation: Methodological Issues Fundamentals
BTC 6211 - Validation and Auditing of Clinical Trial Information
BTC 6213 - Clinical Trial Design Optimization and Problem Solving
BTC 6260 - The Business of Medicine and Biotechnology
RGA 6100 - Introduction to Drug and Medical Device Regulation
RGA 6202 - Medical Device Development: A Regulatory Overview
RGA 6205 - Emerging Trends and Issues in the Medical Device Industry
Concentration in Health Management
Complete five of the following:
HMG 6110 - Organization, Administration, Financing, and History of Healthcare
HMG 6120 - Human Resource Management in Healthcare
HMG 6130 - Healthcare Strategic Management
HMG 6140 - Principles of Population-Based Management
HMG 6160 - Healthcare Information Systems Management
HMG 6170 - Health Law, Politics, and Policy
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6125 - Promoting Nonprofit Organizations
NPM 6130 - Fund-Raising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations
Concentration in Respiratory Specialty Practice
RPT 7400 - Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
RPT 7401 - Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Diagnostics
Complete two of the following:
RPT 7402 - Adult Critical Care
RPT 7403 - Neonatal and Pediatric Care
RPT 7404 - Pulmonary Wellness Education and Coordination
RPT 7405 - Development of Patient Management Plans
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
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