Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year 
    Oct 18, 2018  
Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Cardiopulmonary Sciences

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Graduate Programs and Requirements


Master of Science (M.S.)

Respiratory Care (M.S.)  

The Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences offers the master of science degree in respiratory care.


The Samford University Respiratory Care program, B.S. and M.S. degrees, CoARC program numbers 210620 and 200620 respectively, in Birmingham, AL, hold Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial onsite visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Continuing Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

1. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (degree in any field) or be in the senior year of undergraduate study. Conditional Admission: A completed bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript. Applicants may receive conditional acceptance with a letter from the university registrar stating they have completed the requirements for the degree. The conditional status is removed once an official transcript is received.

2. Cumulative GPA minimum of 3.00 (4-point scale).

3. Minimum of B letter grade in all prerequisite courses. These include:

• Microbiology with lab (BIOL 225  or BIOL 325 , 4 credits)

• Physics with lab (PHYS 100  or PHYS 101 , 4 credits)

• Human or Mammalian Anatomy (BIOL 217  or BIOL 301 , 4 credits)

• Human or Mammalian Physiology (BIOL 218  or BIOL 302 , 4 credits)

• Chemistry with lab (CHEM 108 /CHEM 109  or CHEM 205 /CHEM 206 , 3+1 credits)

• Statistics (MATH 210 , 4 credits)

• Recommended: Immunology (BIOL 344 , 4 credits)

4. GRE score within the past five years (minimum scores: Verbal 153, Quantitative 144; Writing 4.0).

5. Eight (8) hours of documented shadowing observation with a respiratory therapist in a hospital setting.

6. Three letters of reference submitted through the application system. The three required letters of recommendation should be from 1) a current or previous professor, 2) a work supervisor, 3) a respiratory therapist.

7. International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.

For more on the admission/application process, see the following Web site:

Time-to-Degree Completion Plan

The program is designed to be completed in two years (five Semesters) of fulltime study.




      Respiratory Care - Graduate

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