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Eligibility and Requirements

To participate in the respiratory care online degree completion program, you must possess the following:

  • Registered respiratory therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses (see below).
  • Associate degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution, CoARC-approved accredited respiratory therapist program.
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for college coursework.
  • Individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course.
  • At least 30 credit hours completed at the college level. Transfer credits must come from a regionally accredited educational program.
  • Membership in the American Association for Respiratory Care.


  • Human anatomy (lab recommended)
  • Human physiology (lab recommended)
  • Microbiology (lab recommended)
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra
  • English composition I and II
  • Oral communication
  • Humanities (2 courses)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

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

Technology Requirements

Review the computer requirements. Coursework requires a reliable computer and home broadband internet access is recommended.

Vaccine and Clinical Site Requirements

Matriculated students will need to provide an immunization profile prior to participating in curricular and/or clinical experiences required by the program. Please read the information found at the bottom of the program's curriculum page and be sure that you understand these requirements.

English Language Proficiency

All students in the respiratory care program are required to have strong command of the English language. Students must meet the communication component of the technical standards in order to effectively communicate critical information to other health professionals and to the patient.

Advising and Questions

For questions about this program and whether it's right for you, contact Cheryl Skinner, M.Sc., RRT, at Cheryl is the coordinator for KU's online respiratory therapy programs.  

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-4630 • 711 TTY