Respiratory therapy

Bachelor of health science University of Missouri
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A bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from MU will help you provide the hands-on care that assists in recovery and management of a wide range of medical conditions. If you hold the NBRC RRT credential or the Canadian equivalent, this may be the degree for you.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of health science in clinical and diagnostic sciences with an emphasis in respiratory therapy


University of Missouri

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

School of Health Professions | Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

A respiratory therapist with a child.

Career prospects

MU graduates are employed as

  • Advanced clinicians
  • Department managers
  • Medical equipment industry leaders
  • Clinical and academic educators
  • Community educators
  • Consultants
The MU respiratory therapy program boasts 100 percent job placement after graduation. University of Missouri Health, School of Health Professions.
job placement
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Program structure

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. You may meet your course work requirement with both semester-based and self-paced courses.

Core course work covers

  • Advanced mechanical ventilation
  • Adult critical care
  • Clinical ethics
  • Community and patient education
  • Pediatric respiratory care
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length


Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Jennifer Keely

Professor Keely has been teaching in the MU RT program for 13 years in addition to being a 2001 graduate of the program. Her areas of expertise are adult critical care and writing for the health professions. She teaches Pharmacology, Equipment and Techniques, Principles of Mechanical Ventilation, Adult Critical Care, Clinical Ethics and Patient and Community Education. She also serves as the faculty adviser for the Respiratory Therapy Students Association.

Jennifer Keely, M Ed, RRT, RRT-ACCS

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences