B.S. in Respiratory Therapy

Missouri State University – College of Health and Human Services
Department of Kinesiology

Respiratory Therapy – Bachelor of Science
Department of Kinesiology

Academic Program
Missouri State offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy for students who have completed, or will complete, a registry-level program at an accredited respiratory therapy school. The curriculum requires 90 university-level credit hours, plus completion of an accredited respiratory therapy program (35 hours). Ozarks Technical Community College has a Respiratory Therapy program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (see link below for more information). 

The curriculum includes biological and physical sciences basic to understanding the functioning of the human breathing system, such as anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, chemistry, mathematics, microbiology and physics.

Click the following link to view degree requirements: Degree Requirements for B.S. in Respiratory Therapy or for a printable word document version click the following link in parentheses (Degree Requirements in Word Document)

Link for Ozarks Technical Community College

Link for Missouri State - West Plains Respiratory Care

Career Preparation
Respiratory therapists perform procedures crucial in maintaining the lives of seriously ill patients with respiratory problems. RTs administer various types of gas, aerosol and breathing treatments; assist with long-term continuous artificial ventilation; maintain respiratory therapy equipment, and maintain records of patients’ therapies.

The therapists’ training leads to extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical medicine. Individuals who want to assist others by combining personal interaction with technical skills are well suited to this profession.

Respiratory therapists are employed in hospitals, nursing care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, companies providing emergency oxygen services and municipal organizations.

Respiratory Therapy Professional Resource: http://www.aarc.org

Contact Information
Gayle Runke, Curriculum Advisor
E-mail: GayleRunke@MissouriState.edu
Phone: (417)836-5252