Skip to main content

Coronavirus Update

Latest update

2020 Fall Semester COVID19 Updates

Admissions:
Respiratory Care Program
Our admission policies are unchanged (e.g. letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). However, any prerequisite course work taken for a credit/no credit grade during the spring 2020 semester will be accepted. Prerequisite grade point average will be calculated based on courses receiving a letter grade.  

Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science Courses:
In Fall 2020, our students will use distance learning for many learning activities and will be on campus for essential face-to-face learning and assessment activities using a hybrid education model. While on campus, students will be required to comply with university and departmental social distancing and infection control procedures.
Full-time clinical experiences are currently scheduled for this fall. Schedules may be modified due to clinical site availability. Students will follow each clinical site’s policy and procedures for COVID screening, guidelines, PPE use and restrictions of their student program. In the event of no existing guidelines, the KU Health System reintegration guidelines will be used.  

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, many faculty and staff are working remotely as recommended by KUMC leadership during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

During this time, please direct inquiries to the following individuals:

  • Respiratory care student applications and/or to schedule shadowing, vendors, department office management, or general inquiries: contact Laci Chard.
  • Respiratory care curriculum or clinical sites: contact both Chad Condren and Lisa Trujillo.
  • Respiratory Care Online Degree Advancement or Dual Enrollment students, or others seeking more information about the online programs contact: Cheryl Skinner.
  • Cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic ultrasound, or nuclear medicine technolgy student applications and/or to schedule shadowing: contact Laci Chard.
  • Cardiovascular sonography curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Turi Wiedner.
  • Diagnostic ultrasound curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Candace Houghton and Vicky Martin.
  • Nuclear medicine curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Kellee George.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages. The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions. Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.


2020 Summer Semester COVID19 Updates

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines.

All on-campus direct-entry and RRT-BSRC degree advancement courses will be taught during the summer semester. On-line coursework will continue for all RRT-BSRC degree advancement students. Courses for our on-campus direct-entry students will be taught in a hybrid format to minimize the attendance on KUMC’s campus and assure they progress to their expected date of graduation. In addition, the hybrid teaching model will ensure that students comply to social distancing and infection control procedures while attending required and essential face-to-face coursework, lab experiences, high-stakes examinations and skills evaluations. Also, we’ve developed a clinical education schedule to allow progression of clinical training. Courses will begin on June 2nd and clinicals will start on June 8th. Look for detailed scheduling information from your instructors on specific times and days you should report to classroom, clinical skills lab, or clinicals in the health system.

To ensure the safety of all students, staff, and faculty, we’re all completing required training on our acknowledgement of infection control and social distancing. All on-campus direct-entry students will be receiving emails with directions on completing their training. Training must be completed before you can return to campus. 

During this time, please direct inquiries to the following individuals:

  • Respiratory care student applications and/or to schedule shadowing, vendors, department office management, or general inquiries: contact Laci Chard.
  • Respiratory care curriculum or clinical sites: contact both Chad Condren and Lisa Trujillo.
  • Cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic ultrasound, or nuclear medicine technolgy student applications and/or to schedule shadowing: contact Laci Chard.
  • Cardiovascular sonography curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Turi Wiedner.
  • Diagnostic ultrasound curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Candace Houghton and Vicky Martin.
  • Nuclear medicine curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Kellee George.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.


Our admission policies are unchanged (letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). For candidates to be admitted for Fall 2020, those who still have classes to complete and opt for credit/no-credit, we will still accept those courses as meeting the prerequisite (provided they pass). In future application cycles, should someone apply with credit/no-credit grades for any prerequisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester, we will evaluate those applicants for GPA based on prerequisite courses receiving a letter grade.


In addition to the latest information provided on the school's coronavirus updates page, the department chair will provide email communication to respiratory care and diagnostic science students regarding spring semester courses. Please do email Dave Burnett with any questions.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.


The Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

During March 16 to March 27, all respiratory care didactic, skills lab, and clinical education courses will be delivered to students online via BlackBoard learning management. Courses in the certificate programs cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic ultrasound, and nuclear medicine technology will be delivered to students online as well. On-campus clinical activities have been suspended at this time.

Plans for course delivery and clinical education activities after March 27 will be provided when available by internal email to students and via updates to this page.

The department's main office remains open. However, most staff and faculty are working remotely from home as recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. All students, faculty, and staff are to remain at home if sick, have syptoms of illness, or have possibly been exposed to anyone that has been ill.

During this time, please direct inquiries to the following individuals:

  • Respiratory care student applications and/or to schedule shadowing, vendors, department office management, or general inquiries: contact Laci Chard.
  • Respiratory care curriculum or clinical sites: contact both Chad Condren and Lisa Trujillo.  
  • Cardiovascular sonography, diagnostic ultrasound, or nuclear medicine technolgy student applications and/or to schedule shadowing: contact Laci Chard.
  • Cardiovascular sonography curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Turi Wiedner.
  • Diagnostic ultrasound curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Candace Houghton and Vicky Martin.
  • Nuclear medicine curriculum, clinical sites, vendors, or general inquiries: contact Kellee George.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Sep 04, 2020

Mailing Address:

KU Respiratory Care Education
Mail Stop 1013
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160

respiratory@kumc.edu

913-588-4630
(711 TTY)

ID=x35216