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Online RT-to-bachelor's degree overview

photo of military service member working at laptopThe University of Kansas offers a degree-completion program for the NBRC credentialed Registered Respiratory Therapist wanting to obtain a bachelor's degree.

This program is 100% online and perfect for the busy working professional. It offers flexibility without compromising quality. Students choose their own pace to complete the degree and are able to complete the web-based course work while employed in a full-time position.

The online program is affordable and priced competitively. Because it is online, all students in this program are considered in-state residents for the purpose of tuition. Students in this program are not required to pay regular KU Medical Center campus student fees, except for the student records maintenance fee.

From a recent graduate of KU's online degree-completion program for RRTs ...

As a respiratory therapy director in a small rural hospital, education is key to excelling in my career. Wanting to expand my education beyond the associate degree level, I started searching for a bachelor's program in respiratory therapy.

“ My bachelor's degree has opened doors at the administrative level that would otherwise not have been afforded to me.”

I needed a program that allows study around my work responsibilities and busy schedule. After much research, I realized there are very few programs available that fit my needs.

When I discovered the online degree-completion program at KU Medical Center, I called and received a friendly response and clear answers to my questions about distance learning. Concerned about how my classes would transfer from my associate's degree program, it was great knowing they would indeed transfer!

Though the program is online, I never felt alone. The instructors were always available to me – via phone, email or online. Although it was much hard work, I'm glad I made the choice I did. My bachelor's degree has opened doors at the administrative level that would otherwise not have been afforded to me.

I am proud to have been a student at KU!

– Regina Burchfield, BS, RRT/RPSGT

Tuition and Fees

Online undergraduate course tuition

$335.43 per credit hour

E-learning undergraduate fee

$80.00 per credit hour

Respiratory Care course fee

$55.45 per credit hour


$470.88 per credit hour

Tuition and fees for each semester depend upon the student's enrolled course schedule and the amount of time necessary to complete the degree requirements.

The amounts listed above are provided as a guide only. All figures are subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.

To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapist.

Last modified: Sep 05, 2019

Learn about the online degree-completion program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
How to apply

Get in touch with an adviser today to explore the opportunities in this program!

Cheryl Skinner

Cheryl Skinner, BA, RRT
913-588-4634 (TTY 711)

Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start?
Students may enroll to enter the program in fall or spring semester.

What is the course workload like?
This program is designed to be flexible, and students plan the course schedule that is the best fit for them. Students may enroll as a full-time student, or take only a few courses (or even just a single course) in a semester.

How much does it cost?
See the tuition and fees table on the overview page.