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A male student in Respiratory Therapy scrubs simulates suctioning a patientBachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an Emphasis in Respiratory Therapy

Entry to BHS Program Goals

The goal of the Entry to BHS Respiratory Therapy Program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs) and to prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Entry to BHS Expected Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, comprehend, and apply clinical information in order to match patient needs with therapeutic interventions.
  2. Exhibit technical proficiency in all of the skills necessary to fulfill the role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
  3. Display professional behavior consistent with employer expectations for a registered respiratory therapist.

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 Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Each year 16 students are accepted at the Columbia campus and 8 students are accepted at 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

MU respiratory therapy 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.

Upon graduation, students will receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences with an Emphasis in Respiratory Therapy (BHS CDS in RT). Graduates will then be eligible to sit for the National board exams given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) exam is administered immediately following graduation. This exam yields one of two cut scores. Students achieving the low cut score will earn the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) credential. The MU RT program has a 100% pass rate, which is well above the national average.

Students achieving the high cut score will be eligible to sit for the clinical simulation exam. Successful completion of the clinical simulation exam earns the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) credential. The MU RT program has a high pass rate on this exam that is well above national average. The state of Missouri requires Respiratory Therapists to be licensed to practice. The CRT credential is used as the exam for licensing in the State of Missouri .

In addition to the earned credential, a license or registration is required to practice in all states except Alaska. Graduates will need to start this process immediately after graduation.




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