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3+2 Master of Science in Respiratory Care Dual-Degree Program

A partnership between Wisconsin Lutheran College and Rush University provides students with an opportunity to obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology or Sport and Exercise Science from WLC and a Master of Science in Respiratory Care degree in just five years!

  • Complete three years of coursework at WLC — or, if you prefer, the traditional four years — then transition to Rush University for your last two years.

    This accelerated program outlines a clear pathway for direct admission to Rush University and allows you to complete your master’s degree a year earlier than typical, saving you tuition expenses and allowing you to enter the workforce and earn income sooner.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports much faster than average projected job growth of 19% from 2019-2029. Due to the increasing complexity and the rapid rate of growth in the profession, the American Association for Respiratory Care has recently called for a bachelor’s degree as the entry credential; however advanced training at the master’s level benefits respiratory therapists through better training, more rapid promotion, and leadership opportunities. A master’s degree also opens the door to program director, managerial, education, quality and outcomes and research coordination careers in the respiratory care field.

    The Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Rush University (Chicago, IL)

    The Master of Science in Respiratory Care program has a uniquely designed curriculum that offers outstanding leadership and advanced practice preparation in multiple areas, including critical care, neonatal care, and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.

    You will obtain hands-on experience at top-tier academic medical centers in Chicago. The low student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you will receive individualized attention. At Rush, you will experience the innovative practitioner-teacher model, whereby faculty members take on multiple roles as educators, researchers, and practitioners.