• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

A bachelors 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. 

MU graduates are employed as:

  • Advanced clinicians
  • Department managers
  • Medical equipment industry leaders
  • Clinical and academic educators
  • Community educators
  • Consultants

Program structure and topics 

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

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. You must hold the NBRC RRT credential or the Canadian equivalent.
  2. Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. However, we recommend you apply by the recommended dates.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1
June 1


  • Required Courses
  • CDS 4500Emergency and Disaster Management in Healthcare 3 Credits

    This course will provide the student with an orientation the principles of disaster management in the community (both state and federal levels) and the acute care facility. Topics include biological agents, allocation of resources and ethical considerations. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to students in the Undergraduate Academic Program of Health Professions.

  • HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the basic quantitative and qualitative research techniques used in public health, health education and promotion, and the health professions. Conducting research, making medical decisions based on research findings, and using and interpreting research and evidence in practice settings all represent potential outcomes for students selecting a career in public health or the health professions. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors with junior or senior standing.

  • HLTH_SCI 4480Clinical Ethics3 Credits

    Exploration of bioethics issues in health care with emphasis on issues related to patient choice and provider responsibility. Topics include philosophical theories, principles and models for ethical and lawful decision making in healthcare. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; Restricted to Health Science majors only.

  • RS_THR 4220Community and Patient Education I1 Credit

    Design and implement materials for educational presentations for a given patient population. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • RS_THR 4240Pulmonary Rehabilitation3 Credits

    Focus is on an interdisciplinary approach to pulmonary rehabilitation and home care of the adult cardiopulmonary patient. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent required.

  • RS_THR 4420Pediatric Respiratory Care3 Credits

    Evaluation and management of pulmonary, medical and surgical pediatric conditions requiring respiratory care. Emphasis on pediatric resuscitation, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of respiratory conditions, mechanical ventilation, lab interpretation.

  • RS_THR 4660Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Theory3 Credits

    Exploration of advanced disease management via specific disease processes as well as concepts and modes of mechanical ventilation. Emphasis will be placed on mode selection for various disease and how new modes of mechanical ventilation impact disease management.

  • RS_THR 4820Adult Critical Care3 Credits

    This course will focus on the respiratory therapist's role in the adult critical care environment. Topics include airway management, mechanical ventilation, general adult critical care and functioning as a vital member of the critical care team. Prerequisites: restricted to Respiratory Therapy students only.

  • Pick One of the Following
  • CDS 3200Essentials of Pathology (2 credit hours)3 Credits

    Provides basic foundation for understanding etiology of disease with emphasis on systemic pathology for non-medical students. Recommended: general biology and one course in either physiology or anatomy.

  • RS_THR 4440Organization and Administration3 Credits

    (same as RA_SCI 4440 and CPD 4440). Examines design and operation of allied health service departments and educational programs, including facilities, personnel procedures, record systems, ethics, medical-legal aspects, interdepartmental relations and curriculum development.

  • RS_THR 4640Teaching Practicum3 Credits

    Structured and supervised experience identifying student characteristics, methods for teaching, improving assessment, current development and instructional design.

  • CDS 4840Asthma Education (2 credit hours)2 Credits

    This course will provide the student with a multi-faceted approach to caring for the patient with asthma. Topics include pathophysiology, pharmacology, patient/family education, patient assessment and management. Assists students to take the Asthma Educator Credentialing Exam. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3 Credits

    Public Health is the science and practice of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. This course focuses on the basic structures of the Public Health system in the U.S. and provides an introduction to the factors that influence and shape that system. Among others, factors include socioeconomic, financing, politics and global issues. Students in this course will be challenged to consider the complex web of factors affecting the health of communities. The course will explore: health needs assessments, examining relationships among behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that enhance or compromise health, examining factors that influence the learning process, and examining factors that enhance or compromise the process of health education. Graded on an A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during pre-registration.

  • HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3 Credits

    Overview of financing, structure, and outcomes in the U.S. health care system. Contemporary health care issues, policy, and politics will be addressed. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during pre-registration.

  • HLTH_SCI 4400Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions3 Credits

    This course will explore differences and attitudes towards the health care industry across various social, cultural and ability groups. This exploration will result in more culturally competent health professionals by promoting self-awareness and challenging the existing assumptions and biases of the health care system. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or instructor's consent. Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during preregistration.

  • HLTH_SCI 4420Health Literacy and Behavioral Compliance3 Credits

    Students will learn about the behavioral, psychological, and cognitive factors that impact health literacy and the ability to follow healthcare recommendations. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during pre-registration.

  • PSYCH 2110Learning, Memory, and Cognition3 Credits

    Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of learning, memory and cognition, and will be able to recognize important historical figures and their contributions. Students will also learn how the principles can be applied to their everyday lives. Prerequisites: This course may be restricted to Undergraduate Psychology Majors during Early Registration. Recommended: PSYCH 1000.

  • PSYCH 3870Sleep and Sleep Disorders (self-paced)3 Credits

    This course provides a critical review of the current research on both normal sleep and sleep disorders.

  • PSYCH 4830Psychology of Women (self-paced)3 Credits

    (same as WGST 4830). Overview of current theories and research relating to the psychology of women. Topics include gender stereotyping, psychological sex differences, achievement motivation in women, and women and mental health. Prerequisites: PSYCH 1000.

  • RS_THR 4720Advanced Pulmonary Function Technology (2 credit hours)2 Credits

    This course will focus on the respiratory therapist's role in diagnostic testing. Topics include pulmonary function tests, exercise tests, and metabolic studies. In addition the course briefly addresses polysomnography, pulmonary rehabilitation, and home care. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Respiratory Therapy students only.

  • SOCIAL 3310Social Psychology (self-paced)3 Credits

    Survey of theories and research concerned with the ways in which individuals construct social situations and are affected by them. Topics covered include self-identities, social influence, personal relationships, prejudice and discrimination.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $284.80
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $298.57
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $854.40
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $895.71
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $366.58
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $380.35
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1099.74
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1141.05
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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