Prerequisite classes for respiratory care, and how they meet the KU Core requirements, are listed in brackets following courses below. As courses are constantly being evaluated and approved for inclusion in the KU Core Curriculum, please check for the most up to date course listings which meet each goal.

Students having completed a single combined anatomy and physiology course will need to complete either a second, higher-level A&P course, or otherwise take a course in physiology only.

KU Core goals 1.1, 5 and 6 will be fulfilled through courses taken during the last two years of the respiratory care program at KU Medical Center.

University of Kansas course numbers are noted below. Equivalent courses from other institutions may be accepted pending transcript evaluation.

Prerequisite Course
Minimum 2.5 overall GPA is required, with a grade of "C" or better on each course. 

Recommended KU Course

Credit Hour

Basic Sciences

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy w/ lab

BIOL 240/241

4 hrs

Principles of Human Physiology w/ lab

BIOL 246/247

3 hrs

Basic Microbiology w/ lab 1 (see below)

BIOL 200/203

3 hrs

Introduction to Chemistry

CHEM 110

3 hrs

Introduction to Physics (meets goal 3.2)

PHSX 111

3 hrs


College Algebra

MATH 101

3 hrs

Elementary Statistics (meets goal 1.2)

MATH 365

3 hrs


English Composition (meets goal 2.1a)

ENGL 101

3 hrs

Critical Reading & Writing (meets goal 2.1b)
or Business Writing

ENGL 102
or BUS 105

3 hrs

Oral Communication

Speaker-Audience Communication (meets goal 2.2)

COMS 130

3 hrs

Humanities 2

Course to fulfill Goal 4.2 (Western Civilization I preferred)

HWC 2014

3 hrs

Intro to Philosophy (meets goal 3.1)

PHIL 140 or PHIL 160

3 hrs

Social Sciences

General Psychology (meets goal 3.3)

PSYC 104

3 hrs

Course to fulfill Goal 4.1 (Elements of Sociology preferred)

SOC 104

3 hrs

Course MCRB 200/203 also accepted for this requirement
For Fall 2014 applications, any 6 hrs of humanities courses will be accepted

Last modified: Nov 20, 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

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 see Robin in the KU Undergraduate Advising Center at 785-864-2834, TTY 711, or visit Strong Hall Room 132.

KU Core Requirements

All incoming KU freshmen are required to fulfill the KU Core requirements. The purpose of the KU Core is to establish a University-wide general curriculum for all baccalaureate degrees that meets six primary educational goals. The curriculum provided here has been updated to meet the KU Core requirements for fall 2016.