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KU offers a bachelor's degree in respiratory care with the option to specialize in pulmonary rehabilitation, neonatology, adult critical care, management, education, sleep disorders, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Most students enter this program after completion of their sophmore year of undergraduate study or after finishing two years of community college course work.

With an advanced curriculum and located at an academic medical center, students receive extensive experience in advanced respiratory therapy techniques. The program includes a semester-long clinical assignment during the senior year in the student's area of specialization.

  • Current KU students in biology and pre-pharmacy and other majors have a great opportunity to enter respiratory care due to existing undergraduate prerequisites overlapping admission requirements for the program.

  • At KU Medical Center, students learn from a broad range of health care problems in an urban setting. The dynamic approach to health care will build a solid foundation for students to be well prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students also have the opportunity to perform clinic rotations with affiliate hospitals in the Kansas City Metro Area to enrich their skills and understanding of respiratory care.

  • The highly regarded KU faculty possess diverse backgrounds of experience in academia, clinics, hospitals, and management and are dedicated to providing necessary knowledge and skills for students to succeed in today’s health care landscape.

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Current KU students students should add the pre-respiratory care interest code to their file. This does not affect the designated major. Most KU students begin college study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. During your first semester, contact a respiratory care adviser to plan course work so prerequisites will be met on time.

It is recommended that students apply to the respiratory care program while completing the prerequisites so advising can be provided along the way.

Transfer students from other institutions should contact an advisor as soon as possible, as specific rules apply to how course work may transfer for credit toward a bachelor's degree at KU. A maximum of 64 credit hours may be transferred to the program from another academic institution. Note: To be transferable, prerequisite course work must be from an educational institution that is regionally accredited. This is not the same as national accreditation. More information.

Last modified: May 19, 2015

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
How to apply
Frequently asked questions

Advising and campus visits are available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email healthprofessions@kumc.edu for information.

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center at 785-864-2834, TTY 711, or visit Strong Hall Room 132.