Students who apply to the MU Respiratory Therapy (MURT) program must complete general education requirements prior to the August start and be at least a college sophomore in good standing. Certain requirements may be waived for those applicants with a previous degree. The general education and prerequisite courses (also shown on the Advising Worksheet) required by the program may be completed at any regionally accredited college/university with the approval of the University of Missouri. Students wishing to apply for entry should request an application in mid-late October. The application deadline for the professional phase of the Respiratory Therapy Program is February 1. Applications are considered on a competitive basis each admission period. The respiratory care admissions committee governs the selection process. Contact the program director for advising of education. Admission criteria includes: Admission to MU. For information on how to apply to the University of Missouri click here. Completion of general course prerequisites Completed Application Packet submitted to admissions committee Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA Evidence of interest and knowledge of the field Minimum 8 hours of observation with a credentialed respiratory therapist Two letters of recommendation Personal interview All accepted students must: provide a current immunization record and update as required; complete a nationwide criminal background check as well as a caregiver screening through Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services using their social security number; Students should be prepared to show their government issued social security card for clinical vetting, if requested to do so. Students who have a valid social security number but do not have their government issued social security card will need to get a replacement through the Social Security Administration https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html. International students who need to obtain a social security number, please visit https://international.missouri.edu/, email@example.com or (573) 882-6007. submit to a 14 panel drug test; have current certification in BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers through any AHA (American Heart Association) certified course, this certification must be maintained throughout the entire professional phase of the program; The Respiratory Therapy program will certify accepted students during the student’s professional phase. purchase scrubs, stethoscope and other materials for their classroom and clinical training; have reliable transportation; maintain the required minimum 2.5 GPA per semester as well as cumulative; successfully complete all pre-requisite courses; and follow all rules and regulations in the Respiratory Therapy Program Handbook.