BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Respiratory Therapy
Degree Program Description
Respiratory care is a diverse, growing, health profession with extensive patient contact, often with the critically ill. Respiratory therapists administer prescribed respiratory care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. They work in many settings requiring a considerable degree of independent clinical judgment under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician. The two-year, professional phase of the program begins the summer semester of the junior year. Students complete lecture and laboratory courses designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary for application to the clinical settings. Required courses in management, research, respiratory physiology and pharmacology, pathology and cardiology are integrated with the respiratory therapy curriculum. The final semester of the program consists entirely of clinical externships and online coursework. Students may select affiliated hospitals outside the Columbia area for this clinical experience or remain in Columbia. The MU RT program has a satellite campus at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Accreditation of the program is granted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) www.coarc.com.
Major Program Requirements
The following are MU courses. Students transferring from other institutions should contact the program director to select appropriate courses for admission. Students must complete the courses listed below in addition to degree and University requirements, which include University general education requirements.
|Major core requirements|
& BIO_SC 1020
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory (or BIO_SC 1500)
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics||3|
|HIST 1100||Survey of American History to 1865||3|
|or HIST 1200||Survey of American History Since 1865|
|or POL_SC 1100||American Government|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|CDS 2190||Medical Terminology||3|
|MICROB 3200||Medical Microbiology and Immunology||4|
|or MICROB 2800||Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions|
|MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology||5|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4|
& PTH_AS 2203
|Human Anatomy Lecture|
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
|RS_THR 1000||Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (Optional)||1|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology (or another qualifying Behavioral / Social Science)||3|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|CDS 3200||Essentials of Pathology||2|
|CDS 3460||Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I||3|
|CDS 4440||Organization and Administration||3|
|CDS 4460||Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications II||3|
|CDS 4500||Emergency and Disaster Management in Healthcare||1|
|CDS 4955||Introduction to Research (or equivalent WI course in Research)||3|
|RS_THR 3000||Fundamentals of Respiratory Care||1|
|RS_THR 3220||Equipment and Techniques||5|
|RS_THR 3290||Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology||2|
|RS_THR 3420||Principles of Mechanical Ventilation||3|
|RS_THR 3440||Mechanical Ventilation Lab||3|
|RS_THR 3941||Clinical Practice I||2|
|RS_THR 3942||Clinical Practice II||4|
|RS_THR 3943||Clinical Practice III||2|
|RS_THR 4020||Perinatal/Neonatal Respiratory Care||3|
|RS_THR 4040||Respiratory Pathophysiology||5|
|RS_THR 4085||Problems in Respiratory Therapy||2|
|RS_THR 4220||Community and Patient Education I||1|
|RS_THR 4240||Pulmonary Rehabilitation||3|
|RS_THR 4420||Pediatric Respiratory Care||3|
|RS_THR 4460||Evidence-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care||3|
|RS_THR 4620||Pulmonary Function Technologies||2|
|RS_THR 4940||Clinical Practice IV||5|
|RS_THR 4973||Clinical Practice V||4|
|RS_THR 4983||Clinical Practice VI||4|
|RS_THR 4993||Clincal Practice VII||5|
Professional Credentialing / Licensure
After graduation, students are eligible to take the credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates will also be required to apply for licensing in the state in which they choose to work.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|MATH 1100||3||HLTH_SCI 1000||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
& BIO_SC 1020
|5||ESC_PS 4170 or STAT 1200||3|
|CDS 2190||3||MPP 3202||5||RS_THR 3000 (online)||1|
|PHYSCS 1210||4||MICROB 3200||4|
|RS_THR 1000||1||SOCIOL 1000(or another behavioral / social science)||3|
& PTH_AS 2203
|5||Humanities Course (level 2000 or higher)||3|
|CDS 3200||2||CDS 3460||3||CDS 4460||3|
|RS_THR 3220||5||RS_THR 3942||4||RS_THR 3943||2|
|RS_THR 3290||2||RS_THR 4020||3||RS_THR 4220||1|
|RS_THR 3941||2||RS_THR 3420||3||RS_THR 4240||3|
|RS_THR 4040||5||RS_THR 3440||3|
|RS_THR 4420||3||RS_THR 4973||4|
|CDS 4955 (or equivalent WI course in Research)||3||RS_THR 4983||4|
|RS_THR 4940||5||RS_THR 4993||5|
|CDS 4500||1||RS_THR 4460||3|
|CDS 4440||3||RS_THR 4085 (Current Concepts in Respiratory Care)||2|
|Total Credits: 141|
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