University of Nebraska Medical Center

Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Option

Are you a working respiratory therapist looking to advance your position and your degree?

Why Advance Your Degree?

The online Master of Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Option allows working Registered Respiratory Therapists who have completed a CoARC-accredited respiratory care program, the opportunity to advance their education and professional goals while working in their home communities.

Why Advance your Degree at UNMC?

Personal Plan of Study

Qualified candidates work with the program director to develop a plan of study that includes coursework and a capstone project designed to match the student's clinical and educational background with their professional goals.

Completely Online

This program is available through distance education technology and may be completed on a part-time basis by qualified respiratory care professionals. We use a variety of distance learning technologies (mostly synchronous and asynchronous online activities, independent reading, and projects).

Robust Curriculum

You will draft papers, complete projects, conduct research, communicate with professors and students online, work independently on assignments and with coworkers on group projects, do case presentations, take quizzes and exams, etc.


In Your Time

Students are allowed up to three years to complete the degree advancement option; however, it is possible to complete the program in three semesters, depending on the student's course load. Examples of program completion timelines to be added.

Program Snapshot

Course Load
Full-time or Part-time
3 semesters up to 3 years
Start Date
Spring or Fall

Program Highlights

Applicants must be pre-approved for enrollment by the Respiratory Therapy program and must enter the master of respiratory care program with a bachelor’s degree. To review all admission requirements and deadlines, see Admission Requirements.

Objectives and Outcomes

Read our spotlight article in The Coalition Chronicle from Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education.

The McGoogan Health Sciences Library created a virtual display of the evolution of the respiratory therapy profession.

Accreditation & Licensure

The Master of Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Option, ID#520032, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self-Study Report and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit.

Accreditation Information
Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
Telephone: 817.283.2835
Fax: 817.354.8519
Email: webmaster@coarc.com