Respiratory Care

Application for Admission - Procedure

To be considered for acceptance into the Respiratory Care program, the applicant must:

Step One: Application

Submit an Application Form and Criminal Background Check Form to the  Respiratory Therapy Department Office on the Missouri Southern Campus with the $70 application fee.

Step Two: HOBET Examination

Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test-HOBET 

Please call Christie Norvell, in the Respiratory Care Department at MSSU to schedule, 417-625-9848. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Application and application fee must be received by the  Respiratory Therapy Department office at MSSU PRIOR to the examination. A photo ID is required at check in for the examination.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a minimum score of 600 or 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Non-English speaking applicants must meet the same general admission requirements as all others applying for the Respiratory Therapy Program. The TOEFL tests are offered only at selected sites and select dates in Missouri. Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements for taking the TOEFL tests.


9 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Submit the following documents.Step Three: Documents

  • Official Transcripts:
  • High school or GED
  • College transcripts
  • Vocational or Technical School, if applicable
  • Three letters of reference
  • Background check form

Step Four: Information Gathering Interview

Applicants whose HOBET composite score is 43 or above and has supplied the above documents will be contacted and scheduled for an interview with program staff. All selected applicants will submit to a drug screen.