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Respiratory Care


About the program

A career in the medical field can be a dynamic and rewarding opportunity. The changing nature of the medical profession is creating a demand for multi-skilled health professionals with communication, interpersonal, and excellent clinical skills such as the Respiratory Care Practitioner. The Respiratory Care Program is designed to prepare students to be employed in the hospital, clinic, laboratory, and alternate care settings such as the patient's home. Respiratory care practitioners perform a variety of clinical, diagnostic, and management functions in these settings.

The FTC-MSSU Consortium for Respiratory Care Education, an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy Degree Program located at 3950 East Newman Road in Joplin, Missouri, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Department offers these career tracts:

  1. an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy.
    • Graduates of the associate degree respiratory therapy program will be eligible to take the NBRC examinations. Successful completion of the TMC exam at the high cut score will allow the graduate to take the clinical SIM exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
  2. Baccalaureate Degree in Health Sciences, designed for graduates of the Respiratory Care program.

Outcomes data is posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page:

CoARC prorgram number: 200432

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Contact the department

Alyssa Taylor 
Respiratory Care Program Director
Phone: 417-659-4405