University of Nebraska Medical Center

Objectives and Outcomes


The Master of Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Option objectives are:

  • To enable Respiratory Care professionals in good standing to earn a Master of Respiratory Care (MRC) degree.
  • To utilize distance learning technologies; providing access to education and the opportunity for respiratory care practitioners to continue to work in their profession while they complete their degree.
  • To provide Respiratory professionals the opportunity to advance professionally and personally, develop independent-thinking and critical-judgment skills, and become more flexible and competitive in today’s healthcare environment.
  • To engage in innovation, education, research, and quality improvement projects and increase knowledge about your role in interprofessional healthcare practice as it relates to evidence-based medicine.

Master's Degree Outcomes

To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Graduates of the Master of Respiratory Care Program students should be able to:

  1. Articulate teaching methods, learning perspectives, and the role of a healthcare professional, theories, and determinants of learning. (Education)
  2. Practice advanced critical care assessments, diagnosis, and treatment modalities with neonates, pediatrics, and geriatric populations. (Advanced clinical practice)
  3. Categorize principals for public health and population management to include engaging communities with health promotion and sustainable solutions to put into practice as a healthcare professional. (Knowledge) (Civic responsibility)
  4. Recognize research related to a respiratory care profession by being able to read and interpret a research journal article and apply the methods and data to form a framework to organize and review each type of investigation. (Research)
  5. Synthesize professional practice, leadership styles, and challenges with healthcare delivery and leveraging technology to promote influence in leadership roles. (Leadership)
  6. Communicate collaboratively to advance their professional and interprofessional competency by developing an evidence-based practice approach to disease diagnosis, management, and the prevention of chronic conditions through education advocacy. (Interpersonal, Interprofessional Education and Communication)
*Advanced certification is highly recommended in one of the specialty credentials through the American Association for Respiratory Care, National Board of Respiratory Care, or a pulmonary-related clinical, leadership, or education certification.