The master of science degree (M.S.) in respiratory care will prepare graduates to be advanced respiratory therapists for the assessment, treatment, and care of patients with heart and lung problems. In addition to hospital-based care, graduates will also be prepared to assist in the prevention of cardiopulmonary disease, and the management, care, and rehabilitation of patients with chronic disease. This program will prepare students to sit for the national board exam and obtain a license to practice. This rewarding health care career has many options for specialization in different environments.