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Before you start the online application

It will be helpful if you 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. English Language Proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate acceptable English language proficiency through either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic format of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment in the program. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using ETS school code 6895.  Photocopies of scores will not be accepted. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.

    Please note:
    All students are expected to have a strong command of the English language even if English is the primary or a common language in the student's home region.
    Earning a degree from an institution when English was the language of instruction does not except students from the English language proficiency requirement.

  6. 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. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

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.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Oct 17, 2017

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

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

Karen Schell

Karen Schell, DHSc, RRT-NPS
913-588-4633 (TTY 711)

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please contact Robin Merritt in the KU Undergraduate Advising Center or visit Strong Hall Room 132.