Master of Health ScienceRespiratory Therapy

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Join the Nation's Best Respiratory Therapy Program

Why choose Respiratory Therapy at Bellarmine?

The Master of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy is a two-year graduate program focused on preparing individuals for a career as a respiratory therapist. This is one of only five programs of its kind in the nation. The program focuses on developing strong clinical skills as well as a preparing leaders in the profession in the areas of education and research.

  • Respiratory therapists are healthcare professionals who evaluate and treat persons of all ages having lung and heart disorders.
  • The Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that this career will grow by 21% over the next 10 years-well above average career projections for other fields.
  • Respiratory therapists find careers in multiple settings including hospitals, home care and rehabilitation.

Bellarmine has been recognized by and College Choice as having the top Respiratory Therapy program in the country. As an entry-to-practice program, no prior health care experience is required for admission.

Join our Respiratory Therapy program today!

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“The people at Bellarmine are like a second family. The faculty are not only teachers but true mentors. The connections you make here will last a lifetime. And the opportunities available to all students here, to make connections and to not only learn your discipline but to work with others are incredibly valuable. Completing my undergraduate and graduate studies at Bellarmine was an easy choice.” —Thomas Johnston ’17 ’19 MHS-RT


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a demand for respiratory therapists?

Yes. Demand for this career is projected to grow by 21 percent over the next 10 years, this is well above the national average and that means an RT degree is a good investment in your future.

What are the prerequisite course requirements for a master’s in RT?

In addition to a bachelor’s degree, students must have 8 hours of anatomy and physiology I and II, 4 hours of microbiology, 4 hours of general chemistry, 3-4 hours of physics, 3 hours of psychology, 3-4 hours of pathophysiology, and 3-4 hours of statistics. Complete our transcript review to see if you meet our minimum requirements.

Will I need to find my own clinical placement?

No. We work with area hospitals to place our students for their clinical rotations.

Can I work while I get my RT degree?

This is a rigorous program, with a great deal of time devoted to in-class lecture, labs, and clinical experiences. We strongly encourage students to devote their time to the program for the best career outcomes.

Can I work while I get my RT degree?

This is a rigorous program, with a great deal of time devoted to in-class lecture, labs, and clinical experiences. We strongly encourage students to devote their time to the program for the best career outcomes.

Would I be eligible for any financial assistance?

Yes. You will want to file the FAFSA and apply for federal loans at Graduate students are eligible for loans in the amount of $20,500 per academic year (fall, spring and summer) while enrolled.

Can I visit a class to get a better feel for the program?

To schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Christy Kane directly at 502.272.8424 or

Is financial aid available?

Yes. When you complete your application to Bellarmine, you’ll receive a comprehensive financial aid award, based on your experiences and need.

Faculty Profiles


Christy Kane, Ph.D., RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC 
Dr. Kane completed an Associate of Applied Science degree from Vincennes University as well as a Bachelor of Health Science degree, a Master of Education, and a PhD from the University of Louisville. She served as the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Louisville’s respiratory program for six years. In 2001, the University of Louisville’s Respiratory Therapy Department moved to Bellarmine. Dr. Kane was appointed the department chair in 2008. In addition to her role in respiratory therapy, Dr. Kane also serves as the chair of Bellarmine’s PhD in Health Professions Education Program. In 2016, American Association for Respiratory Care honored her service with a fellowship. Dr. Kane is the current president-elect of the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE), with her term beginning in 2020. Dr. Kane has numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at state, regional, and national conferences

Tiffany Stanley, MBA-HA, RRT
Tiffany Stanley is a proud Bellarmine University Alum, completing her Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory in 2012. She went on to complete her MBA in Healthcare Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University (2019). Tiffany’s experience in respiratory therapy includes neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care. She served in clinical leadership positions which has aided in education opportunities. She is the Jefferson Co. District representative for the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care. Her passion for respiratory care has been exhibited throughout her work and advocacy for the profession.

Lauren Jones, MHS, RRT, RRT-NPS
Lauren Jones completed both her Bachelor of Health Science (2007) and Master of Health Science (2019) from Bellarmine University. She has served as the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy program for three years. Prior to her appointment as DCE, Lauren served as clinical educator for a Respiratory Therapy department of an acute care facility servicing neonatal, pediatric and adult populations. Lauren has extensive clinical experience, including neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care, as well as long term ventilator home care experience. She has a passion for education and clinical roles and continues to expand her clinical knowledge through continuing her work as a practicing clinician. She is an active member of state and national societies, serving on various committees for the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care.

Admission Requirements

Students must submit an application on the Centralized Application Service. We require a bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of at least 2.75. Students should have completed all pre-requisite course work with a GPA of at least 3.0. We ask students to submit an essay, and 2 professional references. We do not require the GRE. For the full admission process, visit admission requirements page.

Tuition and Fees

Visit our Graduate Tuition and Fees page for the most up-to-date tuition and fees information.

Financial Assistance
At Bellarmine, we recognize that the cost of private higher education is a major consideration for you, and we are committed to providing you with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. Our staff will work closely with you to explore all the resources and funding options available. Our goal is to ensure that every student receives our best offer of financial assistance and that your affordable investment in a Bellarmine education is a reality. Federal student loans are available for eligible students and students may choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs. For more information on how to fund your Bellarmine education, please visit and The Bellarmine school code is 001954.


The Respiratory Therapy Program (CoARC program number #200281, offering the Bachelor of Health Science degree in Louisville, KY) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (

The Respiratory Therapy Program (CoARC program number #220281 offering the Master of Health Science degree in Louisville, KY) holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit) to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.

Disclosure for Students who Reside Outside of KY

Bellarmine University cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Kentucky. Prior to enrolling in a Bellarmine program, a student who does not reside in Kentucky should contact applicable licensing board(s) in the student’s home state to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.

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Contact Information

Tiffany Stanley, Program Directory and Chair
502.272.7408 or

Sara Pettingill, Dean of Graduate Admission
502.272.8401 or