Respiratory Therapy

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. These licensed health care professionals are employed by hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, sleep labs and home health services.

Missouri Southern State University offers a Respiratory Care Program in partnership with Franklin Technology Center (FTC).

Registered respiratory care practitioners function in a wide variety of settings:

  • adult intensive care units
  • cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • diagnostic labs included EKG’s, cardiac stress testing, blood gases
  • pediatric intensive care units
  • homecare/durable medical equipment companies
  • sleep disorder labs
  • neonatal intensive care units
  • pulmonary function labs
  • management
  • public health
  • education
  • corporate sales

Graduates of the respiratory program can obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential by passing the National Board for Respiratory Care RRT exam. Graduates that obtain the RRT credential may also obtain specialty credentials offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care in Neonatal/Pediatrics, Pulmonary Function, Sleep Disorders and Critical Care.

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School of Health Sciences

Respiratory Therapy Program

Glenda Pippin
Respiratory Care Program Director
Health Science Building 324
3950 East Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417-659-4405