School of Health Professions

Master of Science in Respiratory Care

Application deadline

The Master of Science in Respiratory Care is open to students who have no prior health care experience.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field and from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Recommended that two letters of reference be provided that attest to the applicant's readiness for graduate-level studies

Application and Fee

Required Semester Hours Subject TCCNS Course
4 Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 2401
4 Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 2402
4 Chemistry Lecture with lab Any Chemistry
4 Physics Lecture with lab Any Physics
4 Microbiology Lecture with lab BIOL 2420 or 2421

Coursework Notes

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses with labs also meet the A&P requirements.

It is preferred that all prerequisite courses come from the science curriculum.

Check course equivalencies for Texas institutions using the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) 


Official transcripts from each college/university currently and previously attended reflecting completed and in progress coursework. 

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be submitted in the original language and must be accompanied by a  NACES Members evaluation agency English translation for each course.

International Applicants

Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores

This requirement may be waived if the applicant is a graduate from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution in the USA

Program Information

Please refer to the University Catalog for the most current information. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations MAY Required by Clinical Affiliates



The Respiratory Care Early Acceptance Program (RCEAP) is a partnership between the University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) that allows undergraduate students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from UTSA and a Master of Science in Respiratory Care from UTHSA in five years instead of six. Students in the 3+2 program will spend three years at UTSA, majoring in either biology or kinesiology. After completing the program requirements at UTSA, students will then matriculate to the UTHSA School of Health Professions to complete a two-year curriculum there. The program prepares students for a career as a respiratory therapists. 


For UTSA students to apply and be admitted to the RCEAP, students must meet the eligibility factors listed below:

  • Be a full-time UTSA student majoring in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology (Kinesiology and Health Science Concentration);
  • Have completed at least 12 semester credit hours (SCH) but no more than 60 SCH of coursework at UTSA in their program of study; and
  • Have a minimum overall UTSA GPA ≥ 3.0 and a GPA ≥ 3.0 in all college science/math coursework (unless only one science or math course has been taken).

For students to maintain eligibility in the RCEAP, students must complete the first three years of the curriculum in either the BS in Biology program or the BS in Kinesiology (Kinesiology and Health Science Concentration) program, including the core curriculum requirements at UTSA with an overall GPA ≥ 3.0 and a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0 in all science coursework.

Application Process

Step 1: Submit an application between August 15 and April 1.

NOTE: Applications have to be submitted by students on or before the completion of 60 SCH at UTSA in the student's program of study.

Step 2: Applications and support materials will be reviewed by the RCEAP selection committee, which consists of faculty from UTHSA and UTSA. In addition to the academic criteria listed above, the following may be considered in selecting students for admission to the RCEAP.

  • Work experience,
  • Honors and awards,
  • Extracurricular activities,
  • Interest in health professions, and
  • Community/volunteer service.

Step 3: Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with members of the RCEAP selection committee. The purpose of the interview is to assess the student’s interpersonal and communication skills, motivation, knowledge about the health profession, maturity, character and personality. Interviews will be held in April.

Step 4: Applicants will be notified about the selection committee's decisions during the first week of May. Students that are accepted to the program must commit to the RCEAP by July 1 of the same year.