Admission Requirements

Step one: Complete a registry-level program

Missouri State prepares you to function as a safe, competent and registered respiratory care practitioner.

You must first complete a registry-level program.

You can do this at any accredited respiratory therapy school, such as:

Step two: Become a Bear

After your complete a registry-level program, come to Missouri State.

Step three: Choose your major

Before completing 75 credit hours:

Stop by the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare or change your major to respiratory therapy.

Step four: Finish the program

Complete the respiratory therapy program at Missouri State.

You'll have a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory therapy. You will be a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).

Respiratory Therapy (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Major requirements:

Eligibility for admission to this program is limited to those persons who have completed a registry level program in Respiratory Therapy. This program is intended for those who are seeking career enhancement in the field of Respiratory Therapy.

Major core (69 hours):

Note: 11-14 hours may double count in General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirements: BIO 121(4) or BMS 110(3) and 111(1); PHY 123(4); PSY 121(3).
  2. BMS 307(4), 308(4), 561(4); BIO 212(2) and 213(1); ACC 201(3) or ECO 155(3)*; CHM 116(4) and 117(1) or CHM 160(4) and 161(1).
    * May double count in General Education requirements.
  3. Completion of a registry level program in Respiratory Therapy. 12 hours of lower division and 23 hours of upper division transfer credit will be awarded.
Complete one of the following options:
Education option (16-18 hours):
  1. PSY 390(3), SEC 300(2), SEC 301(2), EDT 565(3), SFR 396(2).
  2. Two courses from: PSY 441(3); SFR 250(3) or 353(2) or 354(2); SFR 547(2).
Management option (15 hours):
  1. ECO 155(3); MGT 340(3), MGT 341(3).
  2. Two courses from: ACC 211(3); MGT 345(3), MKT 367(3), MKT 368(3); QBA 237(3).
Science option (14 hours):
  1. MTH 340(3).
  2. 11 hours of electives selected with approval of advisor.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Accelerated graduate program in Health Promotion and Wellness Management

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Health Promotion and Wellness Management program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.