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Curriculum

Finish your bachelor's degree in respiratory care online with KU's flexible respiratory therapy program options.

All core and elected courses in this program are completed over eight weeks and the capstone project is 16 weeks.

Core Courses 

  • RESP 450 Chronic Disease Management (3 credits)
  • RESP 480 Simulation and Interprofessional Education (IPE) (3 credits)
  • RESP 495 Management, Ethics and Law (3 credits)
  • RESP 620 Community and Global Health (3 credits)
  • RESP 650 Medical Writing & Research (3 credits)

Electives (select any 3 of the 6 courses below)

The core courses and capstone course are required for all students. Students select three courses from the two tracks for nine credit hours of electives. The capstone course must be taken during the last semester of the program after the completion of all prerequisites.

Specialty Credential Courses

  • RESP 460 ACCS Specialty Credential Prep (3 credits)
  • RESP 465 NPS Specialty Credential Prep (3 credits)
  • RESP 470 AE-C Specialty Credential Prep (3 credits)

Management Track Courses

  • RESP 630 Lean Management (3 credits)
  • RESP 640 Professional Communication (3 credits)
  • RESP 655 Leadership Management (3 credits)

Capstone

  • RESP 655 Capstone Project (6 credits)

Fast Track Example

Semester 1
First Block
Semester 1
Second Block
Semester 2
First Block
Semester 2
Second Block
Semester 3
Summer-8 wks
Medical Research and Writing*

Management, Ethics & Law in Respiratory Care

AND

Community & Global Health*

Sim & Interprofessional Education (IPE)*

AND

Chronic Disease Management

Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS) Prep

OR

Lean Management

Asthma Educator  Specialty (AE-C) Prep

OR

Professional Communication

Semester 4
First Block

Semester 4
Second Block

Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS) Prep

OR

Leadership Management

Capstone Project-FULL SEMESTER COURSE

*These courses are part of our respiratory care dual degree program for students enrolled in an associate degree respiratory program at a community college. Learn more


Extended Fast Track Option

Semester 1
First Block
Semester 1
Second Block
Semester 2
First Block
Semester 2
Second Block
Semester 3
Summer-8 wks
Medical Research and Writing*

Management, Ethics & Law in Respiratory Care

Sim & Interprofessional Education (IPE)*

AND

Chronic Disease Management

Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS) Prep

OR

Lean Management

Asthma Educator  Specialty (AE-C) Prep

OR

Professional Communication
Semester 4
First Block
Semester 4
Second Block

Neonatal Pediatric Specialty (NPS) Prep

OR

Leadership Management

Community & Global Health*

Capstone Project-FULL SEMESTER COURSE

*These courses are part of our respiratory care dual degree program for students enrolled in an associate degree respiratory program at a community college. Learn more


Visit the Academic Catalog

These schedules are provided for reference only. For complete, current information about courses and requirements in our online respiratory care bachelor's degree advancement program, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Advising and Questions

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

Vaccines and Clinical Site Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center requires various immunizations for its students. For a detailed list please visit the student health forms webpage or speak with Student Health Services. These immunization requirements help promote health and safety and facilitate clinical placement.

Many, if not all, clinical sites who partner with the University of Kansas Medical Center require proof of these vaccines for students engaged in training or other programmatic experiences at clinical sites. Not being vaccinated may preclude students from participating in activities, potentially impeding their ability to complete all program requirements for degree completion. Applicants with questions should speak with a representative from the academic program to which they intend to apply.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1013
Kansas City, KS 66160
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