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KU Respiratory Care

A key part of health care.

Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, address breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. These essential healthcare workers evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to elderly people suffering from disease. They may provide care for chronic conditions such as asthma or emphysema and also work in emergency care to assist victims of stroke, drowning, shock and other situations.

These professionals are increasingly in demand and an important part of the healthcare team. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, faster-than-average employment growth is projected for respiratory therapists. Job opportunities should be very good, especially for respiratory therapists with cardiopulmonary care skills or experience working with infants. A professional license is required to provide clinical services in this field.

Academic Programs

Fast Facts! Employment for respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 26% this decade, faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for RTs goes up, so do salaries. Depending on the area of the country, new respiratory therapists start with an annual salary of $42,078-$47,297! Source: American Association for Respiratory Care / AARC.orgThe best route to an advanced career in respiratory therapy with highest salary potential is through a Bachelor of Science degree. KU offers two programs:

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

This degree program is for students who have completed two years of prerequisite course work. 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. All classes are held at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Learn more

Bachelor's Degree-completion Program

For working professionals with the RRT credential and associate degree, KU also offers a flexible online program to provide the opportunity to acquire a Bachelor of Science degree. Students in this program usually enter the curriculum the senior year and all are considered Kansas residents for the purpose of tuition. Please note: this program is available only to students with professional experience as a respiratory therapist and the RRT credential. Learn more


Accreditation Statement
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 2011 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: http://www.coarc.com/47.html


Mission

The mission of the KU Department of Respiratory Care Education is to educate students to become leaders in clinical practice, teaching, and research in order to make a positive impact on the advancement of the profession. The department strives to achieve this goal through excellence in the following areas:

  • Providing the highest quality education possible in respiratory therapy,

  • Mentoring students during experiences on faculty research projects, and

  • Remaining active in community outreach efforts and serving in leadership positions with national professional organizations.

     

Last modified: Feb 06, 2014

On Campus Bachelor's Degree for Undergraduates

Most students enter this program after completing 2 years of undergraduate study. The advanced curriculum and location at an academic medical center prepares graduates to enter the workforce as highly skilled respiratory therapists. Learn more


RT-to-Bachelor's Degree-completion Program

For respiratory therapists with the RRT credential, this program is for working professionals wanting to obtain a bachelor's degree. With courses offered online, the program is designed to allow for flexibility in scheduling course work. Learn more


Continuing Education: Find information about Respiratory Care CEUs at the WEB ED site.

Advising

We're here to answer your questions and help you prepare for a rewarding career in respiratory care. Campus visits to tour facilities at the KU Medical Center are encouraged and advising for prospective students is available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email respiratory@kumc.edu for scheduling options.

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please call the University Advising Center at (785) 864-2834 or visit Strong Hall Room 132.

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