Overview and Admission Requirements

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:

  • Undergraduate tuition (2013-2014): $279.70 per credit hour

  • Undergraduate e-learning fee (2013-2014): $55 per credit hour

  • Other Fees*

    * Students in this program are not required to pay regular KU Medical Center campus student fees, except for the student records maintenance fee.

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.


Eligibility and Requirements for B.S. Degree-Completion Program

  1. RRT Credential
    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.

  2. RT Degree
    An associate's degree (or equivalent) from a CoARC-approved advanced respiratory therapist program is required.

  3. 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.

  4. Technology Requirements
    Please make sure you review the computer requirements since the course work requires a reliable computer. Home broadband Internet access is recommended.

Last modified: Jan 24, 2014

See the prerequisites for the degree-completion program.

View the online program curriculum.


Questions and Answers

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?
Students pay Kansas resident undergraduate tuition, plus e-learning fees based on number of credit hours.

When does the program start?
Fall or spring semester.

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