Respiratory Therapy (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

Program is pending accreditation

Missouri Western offers a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.  Respiratory Therapy focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan experiencing breathing and/or other cardiopulmonary issues.  Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, offices, sleep labs, rehabilitation facilities and even patients own homes.  The program is governed by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).  Visit the CoARC website to obtain more information about Respiratory Therapy.

Program is pending accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy (RT) program has a selective entrance policy.  Application to the program is made separately from application for admission to Missouri Western.  Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The applicant must apply and be admitted to MWSU.
  • The applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test score of 58.7% (academic preparedness category of proficiency) or above is required.
  • The applicant must have completed or be currently enrolled in all general studies and RT support courses (and earn a grade of C or higher in  each support course, as well as MAT 110, MAT 112, or MAT 116).

Taking and passing prerequisite courses does not assure acceptance into the RT program.  A completed application and current transcript must be submitted to the Department of Health Professions by May 15th for a candidate to be considered for admission.  Instructions for the TEAS test can be found on the department webpage.

Program is pending accreditation

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
ALH 320Community and Public Health3
ALH 330Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
PED 304Physiology of Exercise3
PED 400Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology3
PED 451Research in Health and Exercise Science3
PTA 251Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation1
RES 250Concepts of Respiratory Therapy3
RES 300Cardiopulmonary Assessment3
RES 310Respiratory Clinical Practice I3
RES 325Pharmacology for the Respiratory Therapist3
RES 360Respiratory Clinical Practice II3
RES 400Mechanical Ventilation4
RES 410Respiratory Clinical Practice III4
RES 415Respiratory Diagnostics II3
RES 425Neonatal Respiratory Care2
RES 430Pediatric Respiratory Care2
RES 460Respiratory Clinical Capstone4
RES 470Senior Seminar - NBRC Prep2
RSM 300Philosophy and Leadership in Recreation and Sport Management3
SWK 365Death And Dying3
Support Courses
ALH 106Medical Terminology2
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 251Medical and Public Health Microbiology4
BIO 375Pathophysiology4
CHE 101Introductory Chemistry4-5
or CHE 111 General Chemistry I
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 231 Healthcare Ethics
or PHL 232 Business Ethics
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 240Life-Span Developmental Psychology3

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.