Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, address breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Working in exciting and dynamic environments, their services are integral in emergency rooms, clinics, sleep labs, hospitals, home care, research, leadership, and management.
These essential health care workers evaluate and treat patients of all ages for a wide range of breathing disorders. Learn more in this short video:
A professional license is required to provide clinical services in this field. KU's bachelor's degree program prepares graduates to be leading professionals in clinic practice and specialty areas. Two programs are available:
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care: This program prepares entry-level respiratory therapists for clinical employment. Most students enter after completion of his or her sophomore year of undergraduate study or after two years at a community college. With an advanced curriculum and located at an academic medical center, students receive extensive experience in advanced respiratory therapy techniques. Learn more
Bachelor's Degree-Completion Program: For working professionals with an associate's degree, KU also offers a flexible online program to acquire the bachelor's degree. Please note: this program is available only to students with professional experience as a respiratory therapist and possessing current RRT credential. Learn more
Graduates of KU’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program are eligible to sit for the Entry Level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Exam and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exam, given by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Passing the Entry Level CRT Examination is required for licensure in the state of Kansas.
The University of Kansas Respiratory Care program at KU Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.
Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. View the Programmatic Outcomes Data at coarc.com.