The University of Kansas Respiratory Care program offers a degree-completion program for the respiratory therapist with RRT credential who wants to obtain a bachelor's degree. This program is perfect for students unable to be physically present on campus or those with schedule constraints which make traditional college class schedules impossible. Courses are Web-based in this program and never require students to leave their home or office and offer added flexibility: if you're traveling or not feeling well, the courses are always available, anytime.
Because it is online, all students in this program are considered Kansas residents for the purpose of tuition. Because the course load is flexible, costs for each student in the program vary. In addition, an e-learning fee is applied per credit hour. Estimated costs of attendance include the following:
Cost information is provided on this page only as a general guide to assist prospective students. Tuition and fees are established by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas and may change at any time without notice.
Applicants must possess professional certification as a registered respiratory therapist from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Prior course work must include all the prerequisite courses.
An associate's degree (or equivalent) from a CoARC-approved advanced respiratory therapist program is required.
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.
Please make sure you review the computer requirements since the course work requires a reliable computer. Home broadband Internet access is recommended.
Students are welcome to apply to the program at any time, but in order to allow for sufficient time to process your application, it is recommended that you apply by June 30 (for fall semester) or November 15 (for spring semester). However, please keep in mind that students will have the best opportunity for financial aid if they complete their FAFSA prior to KU's March 1 priority deadline. In order to provide financial aid information, KU cannot process a students FAFSA unless they have applied to the school (including receipt of application fee). Thus, students have the most financial aid options if their application is submitted by early February.
It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the online application:
Personal Statement – Write a brief (2-3 paragraphs) summary of reasons why, as an RRT, you wish to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care.
Have available the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals who can provide a professional recommendation on your behalf. It is preferred that college instructors provide these recommendations, but past supervisors during employment or volunteer positions are also acceptable. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc Make sure they are willing to submit the reference electronically.
Proof of Registrered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in electronic format.
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 at the following address:
Student Services / Office of Admissions
Mail Stop 4029
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160
If an institution provides an option for electronic delivery of official transcripts, they should be sent to email@example.com.
International Students: Only U.S. residents are elgibile for this program.
Applicants must submit their initial application and pay the non-refundable application fee online by the posted deadline. Note: applications will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received by the program's office. Partial or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the $60 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. Applications are not reviewed until all of the requested information is received.
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, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.