BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Respiratory Therapy
Degree Program Description
Respiratory therapists assess and treat dysfunction involving the heart and lungs. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, intensive care units, emergency rooms, air and ambulance transport, neonatal and pediatric units, patient homes, sleep laboratories, skilled nursing facilities, and in the medical device industry. They work closely with physicians to manage ventilators and artificial airways, administer prescribed inhaled medications, perform pulmonary function testing, and analyze arterial blood specimens. The Respiratory Therapy program at MU includes two years of pre-requisite coursework and two years (including summer semesters) of professional coursework, which can be completed in Columbia or at the program’s satellite campus at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Students graduate with the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Respiratory Therapy. Graduates of the program are eligible to challenge credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC https://www.nbrc.org). An online degree advancement program is available for credentialed respiratory therapists who seek the bachelor’s degree. For additional information on the profession of Respiratory Care, please visit; https://be-an-rt.org/.
Major Program Requirements
Students must complete the courses below with a grade of C (2.0) or higher to earn the BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Respiratory Therapy degree. In addition, students must meet degree and University requirements, including University general education requirements. A separate application is required for admission to the program. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor in order to best structure the pre-requisites and prepare for the program application.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation||3|
|or ENGLSH 1000H||Honors Exposition English|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|or PSYCH 1000H||General Psychology - Honors|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|or COMMUN 1200H||Public Speaking - Honors|
& BIO_SC 1020
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|or BIO_SC 1500H||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|or CHEM 1320H||College Chemistry I - Honors|
|CDS 2190||Medical Terminology||3|
& PTH_AS 2203
|Human Anatomy Lecture|
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
|MICROB 2800||Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions||4|
|or MICROB 3200||Medical Microbiology and Immunology|
|MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology||5|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|HLTH_SCI 3900W||Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 3900HW||Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intenisive|
|RS_THR 1000||Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (Optional)||1|
|Major Core requirements||72|
|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|
|RS_THR 3000||Fundamentals of Respiratory Care||1|
|RS_THR 3220||Equipment and Therapeutics||3|
|RS_THR 3240||Assessment and Therapeutics Lab||3|
|RS_THR 3290||Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology||3|
|RS_THR 3420W||Principles of Mechanical Ventilation - Writing Intensive||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 4220||Community and Patient Education I||1|
|RS_THR 4240||Pulmonary Rehabilitation||3|
|RS_THR 4420||Pediatric Respiratory Care||3|
|RS_THR 4620||Pulmonary Function Technologies||2|
|RS_THR 4930||Current Issues in Respiratory Care||3|
|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|
After graduation, students are eligible to take the credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Graduates will also be required to apply for licensing in the state in which they choose to work.
The University of Missouri Respiratory Therapy Program’s Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Respiratory Therapy, CoARC # 200033, in Columbia, MO is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
The University of Missouri at Mercy Hospital Respiratory Therapy Program’s Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Respiratory Therapy, CoARC # 300006, in St. Louis, MO is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Programmatic outcomes data is available to the public on the CoARC website.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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Telford, TN 37690
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||CHEM 1320||4|
|PSYCH 1000||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|
|RS_THR 1000||1||SOCIOL 1000(or another behavioral / social science)||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3900W||3||MICROB 2800 or 3200||4|
& PTH_AS 2203
|5||Humanities Course (level 2000 or higher)||3|
|HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100||3|
|RS_THR 3220||3||CDS 3460||3||CDS 4460||3|
|RS_THR 3240||3||RS_THR 3420||3||RS_THR 3943||2|
|RS_THR 3290||3||RS_THR 3440||3||RS_THR 4220||1|
|RS_THR 3941||2||RS_THR 3942||4||RS_THR 4240||3|
|RS_THR 4040||5||RS_THR 4020||3|
|CDS 4440||3||RS_THR 4930||3|
|CDS 4500||1||RS_THR 4973||4|
|RS_THR 4420||3||RS_THR 4983||4|
|RS_THR 4620||2||RS_THR 4993||5|
|Total Credits: 129|
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