Eligibility and Requirements

Most students planning to attend KU's Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program enter as a college junior after completing the first 2 years of prerequisites on the KU Lawrence campus or at another accredited college or university. In order to complete prerequisites and recommended electives, interested students should contact an academic advisor for assistance in course selection.

To be considered for admission into this program, the following are required:

  1. Prerequisite Courses
    Prior to entering the program students must complete two (2) years of undergraduate college course work including all prerequisite courses.
    Transfer students 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.

  2. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for college course work is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course in math, chemistry, physics and biological sciences.

  3. Observation Experience
    Students will "shadow" a respiratory therapist in a professional health care environment to get an idea of what the profession is like.
    Ask for permission and then make arrangements to spend at least two hours with this professional during clinical duties. This requirement may be fulfilled after applying to the program, but must the form must be received before a decision will be made to accept the student. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is a great option for students in Lawrence.

  4. 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.

  5. Technical Standards
    All individuals admitted to the program will be asked to verify that they can meet the technical standards with or without accommodation(s). Applicants who disclose a disability are considered for admission if they are otherwise qualified.

  6. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.


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Last modified: Sep 04, 2014

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
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.

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