Respiratory Therapy Undergraduate Program

Why study respiratory therapy at Missouri State?

  • Become a certified respiratory care practitioner
  • Advance your skills with clinic experience you can complete at any accredited facility.
  • Enter a field that has an increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments.

Track options


Pursue a career as an administrator in a hospital setting.


Pursue post-graduate studies in the medical field, or enter the field as a respiratory therapist after graduation.

Start a career in respiratory therapy

The respiratory therapy program works to prepare students to function as safe, competent and certified respiratory care practitioners.

This program leads 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, such as the ones at Ozarks Technical Community College or on Missouri State’s West Plains campus.

Once complete, you will be a certified registered respiratory therapist (RRT).

Careers and outcomes

With an aging population, there’s a growing need for respiratory therapists. A degree in respiratory therapy can prepare you for employment at clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and more.