The respiratory care program attends the Missouri Society for Respiratory Therapy State Conference held each spring at Marriott's Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri on the Lake of the Ozarks.
The annual Conference is a combination of informational speakers on a variety of topics, an exhibit hall with all the latest equipment and academic competition (sputum bowl.)
The Missouri Southern State University Respiratory Class also submits research papers to the John Rogers Memorial Scholarship Competition. MSSU has had many students receive awards in this competition. In 2010, Brenda Barger-Saunders won first place honors.
Missouri Southern has entered teams in the state level sputum bowl competition and has placed first in the academic competition for the past ten years.
The 1st place student team in 2007 included Sonny Glover, Dale Benfield, Charity Ezell, and Sherry Whiteman. This team competed in December 2007 at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress in Orlando where they took 1st place in that National Competition.
The 1st place team members in 2010 are Joe Abbiatti, Martha Abbiatti, Kristi Norbury, and Janey Sowell. They competed in Las Vegas in December 2010 at the National Competition.
The respiratory care program prides itself in continually assisting with various health fairs throughout the community. The MSSU respiratory care program participates in community health fairs in association with local hospitals.
The respiratory care club participates in the St. John's Hospice Walk and received the traveling trophy for the most money raised by an educational institution. The club raised over $1000 for hospice.