Make a difference in the lives of those effected by respiratory illness.

The bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy degree is designed for students interested in working with individuals suffering from impaired lung and heart function. You'll learn to exam, diagnose, and create a treatment plan to improve patients' lives. 

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree is in partnership with the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center. Students will complete all general education and health-focused coursework at Southeast Missouri State University in the first two years of the program and the final two years completing respiratory therapy coursework at the Career & Technology Center. This program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). 

What You’ll Do  

Students gain hands-on experience and knowledge required to take on leadership roles in respiratory care in hospitals, clinics, and home healthcare settings. You’ll:

  • Interact with dedicated faculty mentors in a small class environment. 
  • Gain practical hands-on experience through a multitude of clinical rotations. 
  • Learn to diagnose and create a treatment plan for those struggling with respiratory issues. 
  • Network with professionals in the industry. 

What Can You Do with a Respiratory Therapy Degree?

Respiratory therapy had always been a vital part of healthcare, and after Covid-19 it's more important than ever. Jobs for respiratory therapists are expected to rise by 21% through 2028. Students can go on to become credentialed in a variety of specialties with a broad range of career opportunities. 

Employment Opportunities

  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS)
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT)
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist (NPS)
  • Sleep Disorders Testing and Therapeutic Intervention Respiratory Care Specialist (SDS)

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 

     


  • $61k 

    Respiratory Therapist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for respiratory therapists is $61,830. 

     


     

     

     

  • $96k

    Outpatient Care Centers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a respiratory therapist working in a out patient care center is $96,470. 

     

     

     

     


  • 23%

    Projected Employment Growth

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

     

Respiratory Therapy Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

What You'll Study

This is a cooperative program with the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (CTC). The RT program will admit the first cohort of students in the fall 2023 semester. The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on several factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students will meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their individual progress.

Respiratory Therapy
(120-Hour Major – No Minor Required)

Required Courses- 51 hours:

  • BS113/013 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)*

  • CH181/081/001 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)*

  • EN100 English Composition (3)

  • EN140 Rhetorical and Critical Thinking (3)

  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)

  • HL105 Introduction to Allied Health Professions (2)

  • HL113 Medical Terminology (3)

  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3)

  • HL303 Research Methods (3)

  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)*

  • PS103 US Political Systems (3)

  • PY220 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan (3)

  • SC155 Interpersonal Communication (3)

  • Additional General Education requirements (10)

CTC Required Courses – 69 hours:

  • RT100 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (3)*
  • RT208 Clinical Observation (1)
  • RT210 Pharmacology (5)
  • RT214 Cardiopulmonary A&P (5)
  • RT220 Laboratory I (2)
  • RT225 Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy I (5)
  • RT300 Adult Respiratory Disease I (3)
  • RT302 Adult Respiratory Disease II (2)
  • RT304 Clinical Practice I (4)
  • RT305 Pediatric Respiratory Diseases (2)
  • RT310 Pulmonary Diagnostics-PFT (1)
  • RT314 Clinical Practice II (4)
  • RT325 Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy II (3)
  • RT330 Laboratory II (1)
  • RTXXX Microbiology (1)
  • RT350 Mechanical Ventilation Theory (3)
  • RT405 Advanced Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care (4)
  • RT410 Hemodynamics and EKG (4)
  • RT420 Respiratory Care Simulation and Prep (4)
  • RT424 Respiratory Care Advanced Internship (4)
  • RT425 Respiratory Care Advanced Internship (4)
  • RT440 Advanced Mechanical Ventilation (4)

*Requires a grade of C or higher

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • BS113/013 (4)
  • EN100 (3)
  • HL105 (2)
  • MA155 (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • EN140 (3)
  • FN235 (3)
  • HL120 (3)
  • PY220 (3)
  • RT100 (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours) 

  • CH181/081/001 (5)
  • PS103 (3)
  • SC155 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours) 

  • HL113 (3)
  • HL303 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (18 Hours) 

  • RT208 (1)
  • RT210 (5)
  • RT215 (5)
  • RT220 (2)
  • RT225 (5)

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • RT300 (3)
  • RT304 (4)
  • RT305 (2)
  • RT325 (3)
  • RT330 (1)
  • RTXXX (1)

Summer (10)

  • RT302 (2)
  • RT310 (1)
  • RT314 (4)
  • RT350 (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester (12 Hours) 

  • RT405 (4)
  • RT410 (4)
  • RT424 (4)

Spring Semester (12 Hours) 

  • RT420 (4)
  • RT425 (4)
  • RT440 (4)

 

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Location
Office Location
Parker Hall 216
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701