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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.
Official nameBachelor of health science in clinical and diagnostic sciences with an emphasis in respiratory therapy
Program typeBachelor's degree
Academic homeSchool of Health Professions | Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
Transfer credit hours30
Transfer estimated cost$13,720.60
*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.
MU graduates are employed as
- Advanced clinicians
- Department managers
- Medical equipment industry leaders
- Clinical and academic educators
- Community educators
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
Typical program lengthVaries
Typical course loadVaries if full time or part time
This program provides graduates of entry-into-respiratory-care-professional-practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills and attributes in leadership, management, education, research or advanced clinical practice, both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapists.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
- Utilize management and leadership principles to solve problems and improve performance.
- Demonstrate strategies and techniques to enhance patient education and rehabilitation.
- Employ research methodology to analyze relevant medical literature.
- Integrate pertinent clinical data into recommendations for appropriate critical care interventions.
- Understand ethical theories and principles as they apply to patient scenarios.
- Analyze multiple perspectives on current issues in healthcare
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
This program (CoARC #510020) holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self-Study Report and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit.
Professor Keely has been teaching in the MU RT program since 2008 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.