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Master’s Degree

The Master of Health Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Science (MHS CDS), emphasis in respiratory therapy is designed for respiratory therapists who hold the bachelor’s degree and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. The program aims to prepare accomplished, ambitious respiratory care professionals for leadership roles such as those listed below.

  • ICU team leader for a Respiratory Care department
  • Clinical/education coordinator for a Respiratory Care department
  • Educator for an entry-to-practice Respiratory Therapy education program
  • On-line educator for a Respiratory Therapy education program
  • Sales for in the medical equipment or pharmaceutical industry
  • Customer/product support in the medical equipment or pharmaceutical industry

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) encourages respiratory therapists to pursue the master’s degree.

“Respiratory therapists seeking to practice in advanced practice settings, leadership roles, research, and in professional educator roles should seek higher education at the masters or doctoral levels.” (AARC Position Statement on Respiratory Therapist Education, 2018)

AARC Human Resource Study results identify a 55% increase in masters degree attainment by respiratory therapists between 2014 and 2017.

University of Missouri MHS CDS program students may add value to their experience by carefully choosing their elective courses. Strategically selected electives allow students to earn a graduate certificate and prepare for advanced RT-related certifications while completing requirements for the master’s degree.

The 30-credit MHS CDS online curriculum enables professionals to complete coursework part-time and at their own pace, while concurrently employed. Students can expect to complete the program in as little as two years by enrolling in 6 credits in the fall semesters, 6 credits in the spring semesters, and 3 credits in the summer semesters.

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