A degree in respiratory care is an option for those interested in working in healthcare without going into the traditional fields of medicine or nursing. A respiratory care therapist works with healthcare staff to support patients in need of support with breathing or who are incapable of breathing on their own. To earn a degree in respiratory care, there are both associate and bachelor’s degree options available, though most are offered through allied health universities rather than at liberal arts and research universities. Students will learn how to properly care for patients with breathing disorders and develop skills in patient assessment, cardiopulmonary disease, and general pharmacology. With a bachelor’s degree, patients will learn more advanced skills in areas such as disaster preparedness and research techniques.
Missouri State University-Springfield offers 1 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 2 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 2 Bachelor's degrees.
Missouri Southern State University offers 1 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 19 Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 19 Associate's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO||31 : 1||23,453|
|Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO||29 : 1||5,604|
|St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton Fenton, MO||28 : 1||470|
|Concorde Career College-Kansas City Kansas City, MO||42 : 1||508|
|Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center Cape Girardeau, MO||246|
|Franklin Technology Center Adult Education Joplin, MO||137|
|Missouri State University-West Plains West Plains, MO||54 : 1||1,951|
|Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO||53 : 1||11,762|
|Mineral Area College Park Hills, MO||47 : 1||2,640|
|Saint Louis Community College Bridgeton, MO||54 : 1||17,294|