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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

Last modified: Apr 10, 2020

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