Boise State University Online Respiratory Therapy Program

The Respiratory Care program at Boise State University is one of the top of its kind in the nation. With small class sizes and a close-knit cohort of faculty and students, our program is engaging and offers hands-on learning experiences. 

Boise State’s Master of Science in Respiratory Care received the top spot in’s latest rankings of online respiratory therapy programs. The university was selected as the nation’s premier institution for this kind of program going into 2023, and only eight percent of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.

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The website evaluated over 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, as well as from the universities. Rankings were based on tuition, academic counseling and career placement services, student-to-faculty ratio, the percent of students receiving school-based financial aid, and the amount of school-based aid per student.

“A huge thanks to the Master of Science in Respiratory Care team and students, and the College of Health Sciences support for all they do to make this program amazing,” said Megan Koster, respiratory care department chair and director of the master’s program.


Respiratory Care is an allied health specialty concerned with the treatment, management, control and care of the patient’s breathing. The respiratory therapist is a specialist in the use of therapeutic and evaluation techniques in respiratory care. The respiratory care curriculum consists of a pre-professional year followed by three years of professional study, leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Care. The Entry into Respiratory Care Practice Degree Program is an educational program designed to provide students who possess no prior competence in respiratory care, with the knowledge and clinical skills required to function competently as a registry-eligible respiratory therapist. The Bachelor of Science Degree is an entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice Program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the examination of the National Board for Respiratory Care.

What is Respiratory Care?

Respiratory care is a specialized area of health care that works closely with individuals suffering from breathing and cardiac disorders. Respiratory therapists are trained on advanced medical equipment and work closely with patients to help them manage their conditions.

Our Programs

The Boise State respiratory care program is home to three distinct programs:

  • On campus program for students new to the field that includes hands-on classroom education, laboratory instruction and clinical experience in local hospitals which culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care. This is an entry to practice program.
  • Online program designed to advance associate degree registered respiratory therapists (RRT) to the Bachelor of Science degree. This program focuses on the specific skills working therapists need to obtain a bachelor’s degree. This is a degree advancement program.
  • Online Master of Science in Respiratory Care program for students who want to advance their careers and the profession with a focus on educational leadership. This is a degree advancement program.

Equipping Leaders

Boise State offers a fully online program designed for active Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) to pursue a Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) degree. The program supports the professional advancement of RRT’s who wish to broaden the scope of their practice through the pursuit of administration and educational positions, either in an academic or healthcare setting.

Those who wish to serve as leaders and content experts in a clinical setting will gain an advanced understanding of cardiopulmonary physiology and disease management.


Priority Deadline for the MSRC Program Application

231DAYS13HOURS1MINUTES58SECONDSApply by June 1, 2022 for Priority Review for the Fall 2022 Program Start

Program Highlights

  • Annual fall semester (late August) cohort admissions
  • Completed in two years, 36 semester credits
  • Courses offered sequentially, one course every seven weeks
  • Capstone Project that has an impact on patient care and professional advancement under faculty mentorship
  • The Boise State University Master of Science (MSRC) Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Boise State Online Tuition

Boise State University’s tuition is $8,068 for in-state and $24,988 for out-of-state students. Compared with the national average cost of in-state tuition of $11,331, Boise State University is cheaper. For students coming from out of state, the tuition is cheaper than the national average cost of out-of-state tuition of $27,028.

These figures include both tuition and fees, also referred to as the sticker price. Fees differ by institution and may fund library services, student gym facilities, student centers, technology resources and campus health centers.

As you’re comparing costs of different institutions, also consider the total cost and the net price. The total cost is the sticker price, plus the cost of room and board, books and supplies, and transportation and personal expenses. At Boise State University, the total cost is $25,550 for in-state students and $42,470 for out-of-state students. The net price is the average cost of the university after aid and scholarship funds are discounted from the total cost, which come in on average at $36,791 for out-of-state students and $19,093 for in-state students receiving need-based aid.

Boise State University Tuition & Expenses

In-state tuition and fees


Out-of-state tuition and fees


Net price for federal loan recipients (2018-2019)


Net price by family income (2018-2019)

$0-$30,000 $12,000
$30,001-$48,000 $13,146
$48,001-$75,000 $16,073
$75,001-$110,000 $19,550
$110,001+ $19,827

Room and board


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Boise State Respiratory Care Therapy Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the respiratory care therapy/therapist progam at Boise State compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it’s not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The respiratory care therapy/therapist major at Boise State is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Respiratory Care Therapy. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking TypeRank
Most Popular Respiratory Care Therapy Trade Schools1
Most Popular Respiratory Care Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools1
Most Focused Respiratory Care Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools8
Best Respiratory Care Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Trade Schools42
Best Value Respiratory Care Therapy Bachelor’s Degree Schools51
Most Focused Respiratory Care Therapy Trade Schools58
Best Respiratory Care Therapy Trade Schools125
Best Value Respiratory Care Therapy Schools288

Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Student Demographics at Boise State

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the respiratory care therapy/therapist majors at Boise State University.

Boise State Respiratory Care Therapy Bachelor’s Program


37%RACIAL-ETHNIC MINORITIES*During the 2020-2021 academic year, 160 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care therapy/therapist from Boise State. About 36% were men and 64% were women. The typical respiratory care therapy/therapist bachelor’s degree program is made up of only 27% men. So male students are more repesented at Boise State since its program graduates 10% more men than average.


About 62% of those who receive a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care therapy/therapist at Boise State are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s in respiratory care therapy/therapist.

Race/EthnicityNumber of Students
Black or African American7
Hispanic or Latino26
International Students0
Other Races/Ethnicities12

Boise State also has a doctoral program available in respiratory care therapy/therapist. In 2021, 0 student graduated with a doctor’s degree in this field.

Careers That Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Grads May Go Into

A degree in respiratory care therapy/therapist can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for ID, the home state for Boise State University.

OccupationJobs in IDAverage Salary in ID
Respiratory Therapists680$57,700
Health Specialties Professors300$101,590

Admission Requirements

  • Follow general application requirements for degree-seeking students (see Graduate Admission Requirements)
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate Respiratory Care coursework.
  • Active Registered Respiratory Therapist credential (RRT)
  • Active state license (not applicable for Alaska & international students)
  • Clinical experience
  • Written statement of applicant’s educational goals/research interests/program expectations
  • Two letters of recommendation