KU Respiratory Care
Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, address breathing and other cardiopulmonary disorders. Working in exciting and dynamic environments, these highly skilled professionals are integral in emergency rooms, clinics, sleep labs, hospitals, home care, research, leadership, management, and other areas of health care.
This program prepares entry-level respiratory therapists for employment in health care. Most students enter this program after completion of their sophomore year of undergraduate study or after two years at a community college. With an advanced curriculum and located at an academic health center, students receive extensive experience in advanced respiratory therapy techniques. Learn more
For working professionals with an associate degree, KU also offers a flexible online program to acquire the bachelor's degree in respiratory care. Please note: this program is available only to those with professional experience as a respiratory therapist and possessing current RRT credential. Learn more
Graduates of KU’s respiratory care bachelor's degree program are eligible to sit for the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) exam given by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Passing the CRT examination is required for licensure in the state of Kansas.
The mission of the KU respiratory care program is to educate students to become leaders in clinical practice, teaching, and research in order to make a positive impact on the advancement of the profession.
The department strives to achieve this goal through excellence in the following areas:
Providing the highest quality education possible in respiratory therapy,
Mentoring students during experiences on faculty research projects, and
- Remaining active in community outreach efforts and serving in leadership positions with national professional organizations.