Respiratory Care Clinical Concepts, Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Spring
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The Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Clinical Concepts is designed to provide additional knowledge and skills on advanced diagnostic and therapeutic clinical concepts in the care of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. The Graduate Certificate is 100% online and requires the completion of 12 semester credit hours.

The certificate program is intended for prospective students who are not ready to commit to a full master’s program, those who wish to gain additional knowledge and skills in areas of leadership and clinical practice concepts, or those looking for professional development. Enrolling in the graduate certificate increases the opportunity to engage with colleagues for a richer learning experience. In addition, interprofessional collaboration opportunities exist for students choosing to complete an elective course. Courses taken in the graduate certificate can be directly applied to the MS in Respiratory Care program with permission from the graduate advisor.
The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 


Application Deadline: 

  • July 15 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy, related health science, or social science from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) Credential in good standing.
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner State License in good standing.
  • GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school).
  • An online application through the Graduate School’s application system.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college coursework attempted.

Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Leadership (12 Credits):

  • RESP 6105: Pulmonary Function Testing and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3)
  • RESP 6106: Ventilation Application and Monitoring (3)
  • RESP 6110: Cardiopulmonary Disease Management (3)
  • RESP 6115: Research Methods for Respiratory Care (3)

*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $55.56 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $4,133.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $55.56 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $7,110.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $55.56 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $13,845.00 est. program cost