Respiratory therapists assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of pulmonary disorders. They conduct and interpret tests to diagnose impaired lung function and are responsible for assessing, evaluating, and modifying treatment. They consult, educate, and advise physicians, other health care providers, the community, and the patient.
The University of Missouri Respiratory Therapy program consists of 2 years of pre-requisite coursework, plus a 2 year professional phase which includes 2 Summer semesters. Upon graduation, students will receive the Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy degree. Graduate will then be eligible to sit for the national board exams given by the National Board for Respiratory Therapy.