Respiratory therapy Courses

University of Missouri-Columbia
Master of health science in clinical and diagnostic sciences
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Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Successful completion of the program requires 30 credit hours of required course work: 12 credits of core clinical foundation courses, a minimum of 12 credits from a leadership graduate certificate and a minimum of 6 credits from respiratory therapy emphasis area electives.

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The chart below shows when courses are traditionally offered. Courses in this program follow a 16-week format in fall/spring and an 8-week format in summer. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


The final project provides the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of particular professional interest and to address that problem or issue through focused study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member. The project should demonstrate the student's ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in his/her academic program to real-world issues and problems. This final project should affirm the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, to solve practical problems, to make reasoned and ethical decisions, and to communicate effectively.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 6 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri-Columbia be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

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