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Program Director

Mary Yacovone
1110 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-1764 

Program Description

The Master of Respiratory Care program has been designed specifically for respiratory therapists who desire to enhance their career options in clinical and/or leadership roles within the respiratory care profession. The many resources available to respiratory care practitioners through key professional organizations are also integrated throughout the program. The core of the program builds on skills related to clinical research, grant writing, leadership development, and technology applications related to educational/administrative settings. Specialty tracks encourage the student to further develop their skill base in education, management, and advanced clinical applications.         

Admission Requirements

All respiratory care applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Regular admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 to 2.99 may be admitted provisionally.
    Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average 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.
  • Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted. See the Graduate Catalog under Provisional Admission.

Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Official transcripts from each college or institution of higher learning attended (other than YSU)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the 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 the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores completed within the past five years if the applicant’s cumulative grade point average is less than 2.7

Amanda Roby, M.H.H.S., Assistant Professor

Salvatore Sanders, Ph.D., Professor
Technology applications for health care, education and management; student and faculty attributes related to learning; instructional design; distance learning

Mary Yacovone, M.Ed., Associate Professor

Required Core Courses
RESC 6900The Respiratory Care Profession3
RESC 6950Respiratory Care Research3
HHS 6981Grant Writing3
RESC 6906Respiratory Care Seminar3
RESC 6908Leadership Development in Respiratory Care3
AHLT 5807Epidemiology3
RESC 6920Technology Applications for Health and Human Services3
CJFS 6942Research and Statistics in Health and Human Services3
Education /Management/Therapeutic and Monitoring Tracks
Students are required to take a minimum of 4 classes from 3 individual tracks12
Competency Assessment in Respiratory Care
Education and Accreditation in Respiratory Care
Planning and Fiscal Management
Managing Respiratory Services
Therapeutic and Monitoring Applications
Advanced Monitoring and Therapeutics
Advanced Mechanical Ventilation
Recommended Electives
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Regulations
Professional Codes in Healthcare
Health Services Issues
Comparative Health Systems
Special Topics in Respiratory Care
Other electives may be approved by program director or faculty advisor.
Total Semester Hours39