Online RT-to-bachelor's degree overview

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Students in this online program complete course work from any place with an Internet connection and during hours convenient for them.

The University of Kansas respiratory care program offers a degree-completion program for the respiratory therapist with the 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?
This is a flexible program; students set schedules based on time available to complete the course work. A total of 120 hours of college credit are required to earn a bachelor's degree.

What is the course workload like?
Students have the option to plan the course schedule that is the best fit for them. Choose to enroll as a full-time student, or take several courses or even just one course in a semester.

How much does it cost?
The online program is affordable and priced competitively. Because it is online, all students in this program are considered Kansas residents for the purpose of tuition. Students in this program are not required to pay regular KU Medical Center campus student fees, except for the student records maintenance fee. Tuition and fee details

When does the program start?
Fall or spring semester.

From a recent graduate:

As a respiratory therapy director in a small rural hospital, education is key to excelling in my career. Wanting to expand my education beyond the associate degree level, I started searching for a bachelor's program in respiratory therapy.

“ My bachelor's degree has opened doors at the administrative level that would otherwise not have been afforded to me.”

I needed a program that allows study around my work responsibilities and busy schedule. After much research, I realized there are very few programs available that fit my needs.

When I discovered the online degree-completion program at KU Medical Center, I called and received a friendly response and clear answers to my questions about distance learning. Concerned about how my classes would transfer from my associate's degree program, it was great knowing they would indeed transfer!

Though the program is online, I never felt alone. The instructors were always available to me – via phone, email or online. Although it was much hard work, I'm glad I made the choice I did. My bachelor's degree has opened doors at the administrative level that would otherwise not have been afforded to me.

I am proud to have been a student at KU!

– Regina Burchfield, BS, RRT/RPSGT

Last modified: Sep 24, 2014

Chad CondrenStudents are encouraged to speak with and ask questions of the program advisor:

Chad Condren, MBA, RRT
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Learn about the online degree-completion program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
How to apply