Respiratory Care Leadership, Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Spring
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The certificate program is intended for prospective students who are not ready to commit to a full master’s program, 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 group of students this graduate certificate will serve are registered respiratory therapists looking to advance their knowledge and skills in leadership in clinical and educational environments, promote professional development, or enhance career opportunities. In addition, enrolling in the graduate certificate may lead to entry into the MS in Respiratory Care program. The decision to create the graduate certificate was determined by the need to provide students with a structured pathway to complete graduate level work and potentially lead to the completion of the MSRC degree.
The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 


Application Deadline: 

  • July 15 (fall)
  • December 20 (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 5101: Health Outcomes and Quality Assessment (3)
  • RESP 6101: Respiratory Care Leadership (3)
  • RESP 6104: Health Policy, Law & Ethics in the Health Professions (3)
  • RESP 6601: Emerging Issues in Respiratory Care Seminar or Elective (3)
    • or NURS 6282 Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare (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