The program offers a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in health care to become leaders in the respiratory care profession.
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Why UT Health San Antonio School of Health Professions?

  • One of five direct-entry  Master of Science (MS) in Respiratory Care programs in the Nation 
  • The only direct-entry MS Respiratory Care program in Texas 
  • UT Health's program is recognized as a center of excellence for our results on the national board examinations
  • Preparing leaders for the profession with insights and skills in education, leadership, and research

Program at a glance 

The program consists of 92 semester credit hours taken over the course of two years. More than 1,000 hours of clinical practicum are included in the required coursework. No prior health care experience is required.

First direct entry respiratory care master's program in Texas.


  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation

Admission Requirements

David Shelledy, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC, FASAHP Profile Photo

Respiratory Therapists in the News

David Shelledy, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC, FASAHP, Dean of the School of Health Professions and a respiratory therapist, explains the role of respiratory therapists and the complexities of mechanical respirators in helping patients who have Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome due to COVID-19.

Learn more about Dr. Shelledy