Respiratory Therapy - Associate of Applied Science

The Respiratory Therapy Program prepares students for careers as Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs). Respiratory therapists provide specialized care for patients experiencing problems with their cardiopulmonary systems. Their duties typically include operating life support systems, assessing lung damage, setting up artificial airways and much more. Respiratory therapists can work with patients of all ages from premature infants to the elderly. This is a limited and selective enrollment program, which admits a new class each summer. This program also requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. To view application details, visit Graduates can immediately seek state licensure and will be qualified to take the national registry exam. OTC Respiratory Therapy graduates find work in a variety of healthcare settings including clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms and intensive care units.

The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Help people who are having trouble breathing
Care for patients of all ages
Provide emergency respiratory care
Teach patients how to use in-home medical equipment such as ventilators

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 3.8 Years
Credits: 76*
Average Salary: $53,138*
Graduation Retention Rate: 91%*

Possible Careers

Respiratory therapist
Respiratory care practitioner
Critical care specialist
Pulmonary function technologist
Medical equipment sales representative
Sleep lab specialist

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Brandon Burk
Respiratory Therapy Program Director


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