Respiratory Care Leadership, Graduate Certificate

12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Spring
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In the dynamic field of respiratory care, advancing your knowledge and leadership skills is paramount for those aiming to enrich their professional journey. The UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Leadership offers a specialized pathway for registered respiratory therapists to enhance their expertise in clinical and educational leadership, foster professional development, and open up new career opportunities.

Key Benefits of the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Leadership

  • Flexibility for Working Professionals: Designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals, this program is delivered 100% online.
  • Bridge to Advanced Education: Without committing to a full master's program, this certificate acts as a stepping stone to further education, potentially leading to the MS in Respiratory Care.
  • Enhanced Learning Experience: Engage and collaborate with peers for a richer learning journey.
  • 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.
  • Direct Application to MS Degree: Courses completed in this certificate can be directly applied to the MS in Respiratory Care program, with approval from a graduate advisor.

Who Should Attend?

  • Registered Respiratory Therapists: This program is tailored for therapists eager to advance their leadership skills in clinical and educational settings.
  • Professionals Seeking Growth: Ideal for those looking to promote their professional development or enhance career prospects.
  • Aspiring for Higher Education: For therapists considering an eventual transition into the MS in Respiratory Care program.

Program Highlights

  • Leadership and Clinical Practice: Gain invaluable knowledge and skills in leadership, along with advanced clinical practice concepts.
  • Professional Development Opportunities: This certificate opens doors to professional growth and networking with colleagues in the field.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration: Elective courses offer chances for cross-disciplinary engagement and learning.

Start Your Journey Today

Whether you're looking to step up your leadership game, eyeing professional advancement, or seeking a flexible path to a master's degree, the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate in Respiratory Care Leadership is your gateway to new horizons in respiratory care.

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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

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

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