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DSC_0770-SAbout Mizzou Respiratory Therapy

The University of Missouri Respiratory Therapy Program was established in 1967. The program is credited to be among the country’s first baccalaureate degree programs in Respiratory Therapy. The University of Missouri’s Respiratory Therapy program prepares graduates for the Advanced Practitioner level, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and students graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy.

The Respiratory Therapy Program offers a multitude of clinical, administrative, educational and research opportunities. The curriculum was designed not only to expose students to traditional respiratory care as it is applied in the hospital setting, but to include other opportunities in sleep medicine, air transport, pulmonary rehabilitation, asthma education, smoking cessation, service learning and research.

The Mission of the University of Missouri Respiratory Therapy Program is to coordinate superior classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to prepare advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners, develop learners who will effectively engage in professional leadership roles, and provide an environment where research and service are expectations.

The University of Missouri Respiratory Therapy Program consists of two years of prerequisite course work plus a two-year (six-semester) professional phase which includes two summer semesters, two fall semesters and two spring semesters. The professional phase is offered both on the Columbia campus and at our St. Louis site, Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Each year 16 students are accepted into the Columbia campus and 8 students are accepted into the St. Louis site. Applications for admission are available mid-late October and applications are due February 1.

Transfer guides are available for many of the accredited public/private colleges, universities, and community colleges in Missouri and a few outside of Missouri. Each guide lists the courses that will transfer to meet the MURT program’s prerequisite requirements. To receive a specific Missouri school’s transfer guide, please visit myZou or contact the Respiratory Therapy Program Director at

The MU Respiratory Therapy program boasts 100% job placement after graduation.  MU Graduates are employed in Missouri and throughout the country in positions of advanced clinicians, department managers, medical equipment industry leaders, clinical and academic educators, community educators, consulting, and in public health.

Mizzou’s RT Program is one of only three programs in the country to have received the CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award every year since the awards inception.

For more information on choosing a respiratory therapy program, visit the American Association for Respiratory Care.