Master of Science Degree

Secondary banner
College of Education, Department of Professional Studies/
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Cardiorespiratory Care
Master of Science in Instructional Design and Development
Featuring Respiratory Therapy Educator Preparation Elective

The College of Education, Department of Professional Studies, working with the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care at the University of South Alabama offers an innovative Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Development (IDD) live and online. This program prepares Registered Respiratory Therapists having a Bachelor’s Degree for the teaching profession. This internationally recognized IDD program uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver high-quality, affordable courses, both live and via Internet, enabling the completion of most of this degree from anywhere in the world. With various elective courses, this program will fulfill the need for RRTs who aspire to teach respiratory therapy at the university and community college levels.

What is Instructional Design and Development?

A degree in Instructional Design and Development (IDD) provides the knowledge and skills required to analyze instructional tasks, design and deliver instructional programs, and perform evaluative procedures on instructional products and services, particularly as they pertain to teaching Respiratory Therapy. The knowledge and skills acquired in this program will help prepare RRTs for a variety of careers in respiratory therapy education (classroom, clinical, and business), and for a Doctor of Philosophy degree for those seeking to continue their education.

What are the goals of the program?

  • Teach in the classroom.
  • Author and proctor laboratory exercises.
  • Provide clinical instruction.
  • Provide patient education, with an emphasis on pulmonary obstructive diseases,
  • Design and administer course outlines, lectures, and examinations.
  • Apply strategies to accommodate individual learning styles.
  • Facilitate and prepare cases in a problem-based learning curriculum.
  • Function as a program director or director of clinical education in a respiratory therapy program.
  • Teach an online course.
  • Interact with respiratory therapy-related professional organizations

Is this Program Right for You?

The job market for graduates of this program is significant. Projections by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) are that 47% of program directors and 34% of the directors of clinical education will be retiring in the period from 2005 to 2015. Recent analysis by the AARC has documented a continual need for therapists, and the schools that prepare them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also predicted a significant need for therapists. If you have considered a career in teaching, whether in the classroom, clinic, or industry, this program is right for you.

Why Online?

The IDD online program is structured to accommodate the schedules and needs of therapists who cannot earn their graduate degree in a traditional manner because of family, career, geographical, or time constraints. Flexibility is the key component of this IDD program. Students choose when and where to study, over the course of the week. Many courses are offered online. Some of them are live. Completing the entire didactic portion of the program online is possible. Furthermore, the internship component may be completed at a local respiratory therapy program. The IDD program is designed to offer an opportunity to fulfill educational and professional goals while enabling students to work at their own pace at a time and place convenient to them. In addition to a flexible schedule, contact and interaction with instructors and classmates will be maintained. Additionally, students will have access to the online University Library and advising services. There are no additional charges for out-of-state tuition for online courses.

Who are the Faculty?

Instructional Design and Development and the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care have a well-respected and experienced faculty. The instructors have diverse research interests in the field and have achieved international recognition. Links to faculty profiles are located on the IDD and Cardiorespiratory Care websites:
IDD - http://idd.southalabama.edu/Faculty
CRC - http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/crc/faculty.html

What are the Program Requirements?

The admissions criteria are:
1) Bachelor’s degree
2) Registered Respiratory Therapist credential
3) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with the writing component, or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) with the GRE writing component.

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Development featuring Respiratory Therapy Educator Preparation Elective

Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Instructional Design and Development Program from the USA Bulletin - http://www.southalabama.edu/bulletin/edbset.htm (scroll down to Master of Science In Instructional Design and Development Program)
Required CRC course - CRC 590- Special Topics in RT Education - 3 credit hours
Course Description - Topics will include accreditation, use of NBRC school score reports and self-assessment examinations, roles of key personnel, tenure and promotion policies, the instructor's roles in classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction, student evaluation, student counseling and services, higher education law, and current issues in respiratory therapy and allied health education.

Additional information:
Instructional Design and Development website - http://idd.southalabama.edu/degree-programs 
Course descriptions in the USA Online Bulletin - http://www.southalabama.edu/bulletin/courisd.htm

Questions regarding program requirements, admissions, and registration, please contact:
Department of Cardiorespiratory Care
University of South Alabama
HAHN Room 3137
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Phone: (251) 445-9284
Email: toptholt@southalabama.edu