Respiratory Care


August 2020


**tuition and fees for 2020-2021 are estimates only and are subject to change**

Please contact the RT department at MSSU for information about application fees.


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 Respiratory Care Department offers these career tracts:

The curriculum offers the following options:

Graduates of the associate degree respiratory care program will be eligible to take the NBRC Certification examination. Successful completion of the CRT exam will allow the graduate to take the written registry and clinical SIM exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

For those students interested in a bachelor degree, there are two options:

  • a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences, designed for graduates of the Respiratory Care program
  • or a Bachelor of General Studies


Associate of Science Degree Program

The Associate of Science Degree Program in Respiratory Care prepares students for a position as a respiratory care practitioner. The program is provided by Missouri Southern State University and Franklin Technology Center, through a consortium for respiratory care education. The programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The Associate of Science program consists of a core academic component and a major concentration component. The academic section consists of the MSSU Associate of Science degree core requirements, including courses in the Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, English, Communication, and Physical Education concentration areas. The respiratory care major concentration components comprise both the didactic and respiratory care clinical instructional areas.



Glenda began her career as a respiratory therapist in 1983.  She graduated from the Missouri Rehabilitation Center School of Cardiopulmonary Sciences and California Collage of Health Sciences.

She became a Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician in November 1983 and a Registered Respiratory Therapist in June 1989.

Glenda also earned the Perinatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialty Credential in March 1997.  She also holds the credential of Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist.

Glenda worked in a variety of settings prior to teaching, including acute care, diagnostics, and homecare.  She has been teaching since 1994.  She currently is the Program Director for Respiratory Care.

She and her husband Perry have one daughter and one grand-daughter.

They enjoy traveling, estate auctions and attending car shows/cruise nights.


Janice Dunaway is the Clinical Care Coordinator for the Respiratory Care Program at Franklin Technology Center at MSSU.  Her primary responsibilities include classroom and lab instruction as well as managing the day to day operation of the clinical portion of the program.  It is her goal to make sure that all students receive a meaningful clinical experience while they are enrolled into the program.

Mrs. Dunaway has worked in a variety of areas in her field including, Adult Critical Care, Diagnostics, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Home Care.  She started teaching Respiratory Care at Franklin Technology Center in 1995. She received her Associate and Bachelor Degree from California College for Health Sciences and her Master’s degree from Independence University.  Recently she has co-authored a simulation text for Respiratory Therapists titled “Respiratory Simulation Toolkit” from Health Educator Publications.  Janice lives in Joplin on 50 acres with her husband and enjoys country living, cooking, gardening, and canning.


Sherry matriculated from the Missouri Southern State University Consortium for Respiratory Care Education in 2007. She joined the faculty as a classroom and clinical instructor in 2011.

Sherry is active in the Missouri Society for Respiratory Care and the AARC. Accomplishments include National Sputum Bowl Champion-student division in 2007, National Sputum Bowl Committee Chairperson, and recognition in the AARC Times as one of three therapists under 30 leading the profession into the future in 2014.

Sherry graduated with her Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education Leadership from University of Central Missouri in 2015. She is active in her church and enjoys shopping and traveling with her husband.



Phone:  417-659-4405

Additional Info

Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Phone: 817-283-2835
Fax: 817-354-8519
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST

A comprehensive self assessment exam must be successfully completed as a requirement for graduation. In addition, all students must successfully complete the NBRC Entry Level Certification Exam (CRT) prior to taking the Registry Exam (RRT).

Admission to Missouri Southern or Franklin Technology Center does not automatically grant admission to the respiratory care program. In addition to meeting admission requirements to the University, candidates must apply for admission to the Department of Respiratory Care. Applications are accepted during the Spring Semester for the fall class.

Enrollment is competitive; Applicants must submit the necessary information to the department office by the designated deadline to be considered for acceptance. Evidence of computer literacy and satisfactory completion of the following prerequisites with a “C” or better must be presented: Math 030 Intermediate Algebra or higher. Department Recommendation: High school or college course work in Physical Science and Chemistry.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Program Director of Respiratory Care for more specific information regarding admissions criteria.

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