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 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;

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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.

Program Pre-requisites45
MATH 1100College Algebra3
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Exposition English
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
or PSYCH 1000H General Psychology - Honors
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or COMMUN 1200H Public Speaking - Honors
BIO_SC 1010
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 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
Human Anatomy Lecture
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
MICROB 2800Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions4
or MICROB 3200 Medical Microbiology and Immunology
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
or HLTH_SCI 3900HW Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intenisive
RS_THR 1000Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (Optional)1
Major Core requirements72
CDS 3460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications I3
CDS 4440Organization and Administration3
CDS 4460Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Applications II3
CDS 4500Emergency and Disaster Management in Healthcare1
RS_THR 3000Fundamentals of Respiratory Care1
RS_THR 3220Equipment and Therapeutics3
RS_THR 3240Assessment and Therapeutics Lab3
RS_THR 3290Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology3
RS_THR 3420WPrinciples of Mechanical Ventilation - Writing Intensive3
RS_THR 3440Mechanical Ventilation Lab3
RS_THR 3941Clinical Practice I2
RS_THR 3942Clinical Practice II4
RS_THR 3943Clinical Practice III2
RS_THR 4020Perinatal/Neonatal Respiratory Care3
RS_THR 4040Respiratory Pathophysiology5
RS_THR 4220Community and Patient Education I1
RS_THR 4240Pulmonary Rehabilitation3
RS_THR 4420Pediatric Respiratory Care3
RS_THR 4620Pulmonary Function Technologies2
RS_THR 4930Current Issues in Respiratory Care3
RS_THR 4940Clinical Practice IV5
RS_THR 4973Clinical Practice V4
RS_THR 4983Clinical Practice VI4
RS_THR 4993Clincal Practice VII5

Professional Credentialing/Licensure

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 (

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 (

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

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
MATH 11003CHEM 13204 
PSYCH 10003ENGLSH 10003 
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
5ESC_PS 4170 or STAT 12003 
Humanities3COMMUN 12003 
 14 13  
Second Year
CDS 21903MPP 32025RS_THR 3000 (online)1
RS_THR 10001SOCIOL 1000(or another behavioral / social science)3 
HLTH_SCI 3900W3MICROB 2800 or 32004 
PTH_AS 2201
PTH_AS 2203
5Humanities Course (level 2000 or higher)3 
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003  
 15 15 1
Third Year
RS_THR 32203CDS 34603CDS 44603
RS_THR 32403RS_THR 34203RS_THR 39432
RS_THR 32903RS_THR 34403RS_THR 42201
RS_THR 39412RS_THR 39424RS_THR 42403
RS_THR 40405RS_THR 40203 
 16 16 9
Fourth Year
CDS 44403RS_THR 49303 
CDS 45001RS_THR 49734 
RS_THR 44203RS_THR 49834 
RS_THR 46202RS_THR 49935 
RS_THR 49405  
 14 16  
Total Credits: 129

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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