All applicants for the online Master of Respiratory Care program must meet the following requirements:
- Regular admission requires an unrecalculated cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with an unrecalculated cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be admitted provisionally. Applicants with an unrecalculated cumulative undergraduate GPA of less than 2.7 will be required to submit an official report of the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores completed within the last five years for admission consideration.
- Current state license as a respiratory care practitioner.
- National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) professional RRT (advanced practitioner) credential.
- Membership in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in order to access data/projects that will be needed in academic coursework.
- An (optional) personal interview and/or additional information as requested by the program's admission committee.
Applicants must submit the following items to the School of Graduate Studies and Research:
- Official transcripts from each college or institution of higher learning attended (other than Youngstown State University).
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with applicant’s academic or professional background.
- A letter of intent stating one’s professional goals and how graduate education in respiratory therapy will help fulfill said goals.
- An official report of Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores completed within the past five years if applicant’s unrecalculated cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 2.7.
Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted. See the Graduate Bulletin under Provisional Admission.
NOTE: When applying please use the online graduate application and under "What type of academic program you are applying to:" select "A program 100% on-line".
New students admitted to an online graduate degree program, who possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above, will receive the Graduate Scholarship. Scholarships in the amount of $500-$1,000 will be credited toward the instructional fee each fall and spring semester. The scholarship is renewable for up to six semesters if the following requirements are met:
- maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA
- complete a minimum of six semester hours each fall and spring semester
No scholarship application is required; however, this scholarship is competitive and will be distributed according to GPA until the allocation for each program is met. Students should apply for admission early as funds are limited. The award process begins in April for the following academic year.
Students receiving a graduate assistantship or the College Credit Plus Instructor Scholarship are ineligible for the Graduate Scholarship.