Curriculum

This program requires two years of course work in respiratory care at KU Medical Center. Two years of undergraduate course work – including at least 43 credit hours of specific prerequisites – is required prior to entry into this program. Most KU Core requirements must be met by the prerequisites.

Students in the respiratory care degree program complete 60 hours of course credits in a prescribed sequence covering five academic semesters. Students are responsible for completing additional electives to fulfill the university's requirement of 120 total credit hours for a bachelor's degree from KU.

Year One, Fall (credit hours)

Year One, Spring

Year One, Summer

RESP 300 Introduction to Respiratory Care Procedures (4)

RESP 302 Respiratory Care Evidence-Based Practice II (2)

RESP 340 Introduction to Pediatrics (1)

RESP 301 Respiratory Care Evidence-Based Practice I (2)

RESP 320 Pulmonary Pathology (3)

RESP 345 Clinical Application 3 (3)

RESP 305 Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)

RESP 325 Mechanical Ventilators (4)

RESP 400 Chronic Respiratory Disease Management (3)

RESP 310 Clinical Pharmacology (2)

RESP 330 Pulmonary Function (2)

RESP 601 Scientific Investigation Part I (1)

RESP 315 Clinical Application 1 (3)

 RESP 335 Clinical Application 2 (4) 

Total: 8 credit hours

Total: 14 credit hours

 Total: 15 credit hours

 

Year Two, Fall

Year Two, Spring

 

RESP 405 Advanced Critical Care (4)

RESP 420 Health Care Management, Ethics and Law (2)

RESP 410 Neonatal Respiratory Care (4)

RESP 610 Scientific Investigation Part III (1)

RESP 415 Clinical Application 4 (4)

RESP 615 Registry Review (2)

RESP 605 Scientific Investigation Part II (1)

RESP 620 Respiratory Capstone (2)

Total: 13 credit hours

RESP 625 Clinical Specialty Practicum (5)

 

Total: 12 credit hours

Please refer to the KU Undergraduate Catalog for detailed course descriptions


Clinical experience

An integral part of the curriculum, students begin clinical rotations at one of the clinical affiliate sites starting in their sixth week of the program. Clinical rotations provide exposure to patient care and experience in performing respiratory care procedures.


Professional Credentialing

Students must pass the National Board for Respiratory Care certification examination before graduation, as graduates must have the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential to obtain state licenses and practice as respiratory therapists. Graduation from an accredited program and possessing the CRT credential makes the graduate eligible to sit for the advanced practitioner registration examination. Passing this two-part registration examination confers upon the graduate the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Graduates are eligible to take other credentialing specialty examinations such as neonatal/pediatric specialty and registered pulmonary function technician.

Last modified: Sep 20, 2016

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
Prerequisites
Tuition and fees
Curriculum
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
respiratory@kumc.edu
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.

More Information

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KU CredTran: Online guide to how classes at your current or former school might transfer to KU.

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