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Before you start the online application

It will be helpful to have the following information ready before starting the online application:

  1. Personal Statement: Write a brief (2-3 paragraphs) summary of reasons why you wish to enter the respiratory care program and include future plans or desired employment, career goals, etc.

  2. Shadowing Documentation and Summary:  Ask for permission and then make arrangements to spend at least two hours with a current respiratory therapist during clinical duties and have the hospital's department representative sign the shadow documentation form PDF document. This requirement may be fulfilled after applying to the program, but the form must be received before a decision will be made to accept the student.

  3. References: Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online.

    College instructors are preferred but a reference could be an advisor, supervisor, employer or other person familiar with the applicant's work and character. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc. Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

  4. Review the technical standards and requirements

  5. Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to KU Medical Center. Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
    KU Dept. of Respiratory Care Education
    Attn: Admissions
    MS 1013
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

    If an institution provides an option for electronic delivery of official transcripts, please have them sent to

    Note: Current or former KU students do not need to request official transcripts for courses taken from KU.

International Students:
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. as a permanent resident. Additional requirements and documentation are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

English Language Proficiency:

All students in respiratory care are required to have a strong command of the English language to ensure a successful experience in the program, to be properly prepared for employment after graduation, and also to ensure patient safety. Students must meet the communication component of the technical standards in order to effectively communicate critical information to other health professionals and to the patient.

Special language requirements apply to any student who does not possess English as his/her native language, or who has not earned a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an institution in one of the following countries – United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or English-speaking provinces in Canada.

Please note: Applicants whose first language is not English but who have become U.S. citizens and do not hold degrees from one of the countries indicated above, must also verify English language competence. To verify strong command of the English language is met, official exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have been obtained within the two years prior to application. These scores will help determine if a student will need specific and concentrated oral language training with a medical focus.

All applicants will be required to complete TOEFL or IELTS with the minimum scores as listed below.

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the old paper exam and a minimum of 20 in each section of the new paper exam.
  • IELTS minimum requirements: A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 on the academic test.
  • For application cycle deadline of February 2020: Official documentation means that your test scores must be sent directly from the administering agency to KU Medical Center. ETS school code for KUMC: 6895. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.

NOTE: The standardized English language test will not be a requirement for admission to the program for anyone admitted to KU Lawrence Fall 2017 or prior with the respiratory care application cycle deadline of February 2019 or prior. For applications admitted to KU Lawrence prior to this cycle, the TOEFL or IELTS is only a requirement after admission into the program. A TOEFL or IELTS score that does not meet the minimum score requirements will be an indicator that there is a need for further English language training with a medical focus. For such students, while the tests scores will not be an admission criterion, they will be required to engage in additional English language support in order to continue in the program.

Online Application

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

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Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1.

Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

Learn about the program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document
Clinical Affiliates
How to apply
Frequently asked questions

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Karen Schell

Karen Schell, D.H. Sc, RRT-NPS
913-588-4633 (TTY 711)

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