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
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. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
- Online application
- 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
- Professional resume
- Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
- 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
45 total quarter hours required.
Required Respiratory Care Courses
Required Leadership Courses
Complete two of the following:
Choose one from the following:
Complete four of the following:
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Complete five of the following:
Complete two of the following:
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.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Nursing & Healthcare alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Patient Safety
- Healthcare Management
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