Respiratory therapy

Master of health science University of Missouri
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Overview

The online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences with an emphasis in respiratory therapy program is designed for practicing clinicians. With a blend of interprofessional classes and discipline-specific classes, the program prepares graduates for effective leadership in interprofessional workplace environments.

Students who pursue the online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences with an emphasis in respiratory therapy will be prepared to:

  • Teach online courses for entry into professional practice educational programs and online bachelor’s degree advancement programs in respiratory therapy;
  • Lead interprofessional teams of clinicians in the hospital/clinic setting;
  • Take on a nonclinical role in sales, marketing, product or customer support.

Quick facts

Official name

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

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

School of Health Professions | Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

30

Estimated cost

$15,409.50

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

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Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Clinical educator
  • Team leader
  • Assistant clinical professor
  • Clinical specialist
Burning Glass Technologies. 2020. Employment growth numbers are based on models that consider Bureau of Labor Statistics data for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician, Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist, Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiographer, Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.
13%
Job growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2020. Employment growth numbers are based on models that consider Bureau of Labor Statistics data for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician, Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist, Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiographer, Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.
$89,400
Average salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically complete part-time study plans in two years.

The master’s in respiratory therapy is a customizable interdisciplinary program that allows you to craft a degree that suits your specific educational needs and career goals.

Course work includes

  • Start with core clinical foundation courses designed to introduce students to graduate-level concepts;
  • Choose a leadership graduate certificate offered by the School of Health Professions or by a partner MU school or college to achieve a high level of depth in an area of your interest;
  • Take respiratory emphasis area electives to further your knowledge in your profession.

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

Part time

Accreditation

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

Our faculty

Photo of Kathy Moss: Smiling caucasian woman with white and gray hair wearing a grey jacket

Dr. Moss is the program director for the online MHS program, and a clinical professor in the School of Health Professions. Her research interests include academic credentialing and oxygen therapy. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Moss was a registered respiratory therapist at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kathy Moss, PhD, RCP, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
Program Director, Clinical Professor
Monica Schibig

Schibig is the director of the online respiratory therapy bachelor’s program and an associate clinical professor in the School of Health Professions. Before becoming an educator, Schibig was a registered respiratory therapist at multiple hospitals, including Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

Monica Schibig, MA, RRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT
Associate Clinical Professor

Learn more about this program

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