Respiratory Care Clinical Concepts, Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Spring
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Are you a registered respiratory therapist with a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy, health or social science? Enhance your expertise and career prospects with the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Clinical Concepts. This program is tailor-made for healthcare professionals like you, aiming to deepen your knowledge and skills in managing cardiopulmonary disorders through advanced diagnostic and therapeutic clinical concepts.

Why Choose Our Graduate Certificate Program?

  • 100% Online Flexibility: Designed with the working professional in mind, our program allows you to balance your career and education seamlessly. Study and complete coursework on your schedule without compromising your professional responsibilities.
  • Focused Curriculum: Our 12-semester credit hour program is meticulously crafted to provide you with comprehensive insights into advanced clinical practices and leadership skills in respiratory care, ensuring you're well-equipped to take on more advanced roles in the field.
  • Pathway to Advancement: Not only does this certificate program offer you a chance to refine your clinical capabilities, but it also opens doors for further academic and professional growth. Credits earned can be seamlessly transferred to the MS in Respiratory Care program with the approval of a graduate advisor, providing a smooth transition for those considering a master’s degree in the future.
  • Interactive and Collaborative Learning Environment: Engage and network with fellow respiratory care professionals in a dynamic online setting. Benefit from interprofessional collaboration opportunities, especially if you choose to complete an elective course, enhancing your learning experience and expanding your professional network.
  • Professional Development Opportunities: This program is ideal for registered respiratory therapists who are not ready to commit to a full master’s program yet seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in leadership and clinical practice. Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or explore new opportunities in the field of respiratory care, our graduate certificate provides the perfect platform for professional development.

Start Your Journey Today

Join a community of motivated healthcare professionals committed to excellence in the care of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. With our flexible, 100% online Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Clinical Concepts, you’re not just investing in your education; you’re investing in your future.

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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

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».