The United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2008-09 edition describes the role of a Respiratory Therapist as "...evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures ..."

For more information about the dynamic profession of Respiratory Care, contact an accredited associate degree program in Massachusetts:

Associate Degree Programs

  • Berkshire Community College - 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 - Program Director: Thomas Carey

  • Massasoit Community College - 1 Massasoit Blvd Brockton, MA 02302 - Program Director: Martha DeSilva

  • Northern Essex Community College - 414 Essex St, Lawrence, MA 01841 - Program Director: Jennifer Jackson-Stevens

  • North Shore Community College - 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923 - Program Director: Geraldine Twomey

  • Quinsigamond Community College - 670 West Boylston St, Worcester 01606 - Program Director: Karen Dufault 

  • Springfield Technical Community College - 1 Armory St, Springfield, MA 01105 - Program Director: Esther Perrelli Brookes


Master Degree Program

  • Northeastern University - 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 - Program Director: Tom Barnes


Online Bachelor Degree Programs

  • Southern Connecticut State University - A.S. to B.S.R.T degree - Program Director: Joan Kreiger
  • University of Missouri - RRT to BHS (Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy) - Learn More
  • Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX -  Online RRT-BSRC Completion Program - Randy Case MA, RRT-NPS Assistant Professor
  • East Tennessee State University - AS/AAS to BS Online Completion degree in Cardiopulmonary Science - Learn MoreKay Benincasa



Are you a school that offers a bachelor or master's degree for respiratory therapists? Let us know. 

Student Scholarships

2017 Submission Deadline - August 4, 2017

Each year, the MSRC provides scholarships to students who are either enrolled in a Massachusetts COARC approved program, or to Respiratory Therapists who are members of the AARC/MSRC who are completing their higher degree. 

Details are available below. To apply, click on the link below and complete the application. Open to Massachusetts members only.

Last year, the MSRC was able to award scholarships to 10 students!  These recipients represent the newest entries into our profession as well as potential leaders.  Providing support for education is one of the cornerstones of the mission for the MSRC.  We are continuing our challenge to all Respiratory Care programs to have at least one, but hopefully all, students apply for this award.

To be considered for the scholarship; the student must be a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), be enrolled in and in good academic standing of an accredited respiratory care program.  All applicants will be required to provide a completed application packet which includes transcript, letter of recommendation from the program director, and a completed questionnaire.  All applications need to be uploaded to this page. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This year, we are strongly encouraging applicants to come to one of the monthly Board meetings to witness first-hand their society in action and to learn about how the MSRC/AARC advocates for the respiratory care profession. Any applicant that intends on attending should Contact Us for information and to make arrangements.