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Program Overview

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The University of Kansas offers a bachelor's degree advancement program for the NBRC-credentialed registered respiratory therapist wanting to obtain a bachelor's degree.

This program is 100% online and perfect for the busy working professional. It offers flexibility without compromising quality.

Students choose their own pace to complete the degree and are able to complete the online course work while employed in their full-time position.

Affordable and priced competitively, all students in this program are considered in-state residents and are eligible for the lower tuition rates for Kansas residents. In addition, students in this program are not required to pay regular KU Medical Center student campus fees, except for the student records maintenance fee.

From a recent graduate of KU's bachelor's degree advancement program for RRTs ...

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

Tuition and Fees

Online undergraduate course tuition

$335.43 per credit hour

E-learning undergraduate fee

$80.00 per credit hour

Respiratory Care course fee

$55.45 per credit hour


$470.88 per credit hour

Tuition and fees for each semester depend upon the student's enrolled course schedule and the amount of time necessary to complete the degree requirements.

The amounts listed above are provided as a guide only. All figures are subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.

Program Overview

To provide graduates of entry into respiratory care professional practice degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice both to meet their current professional goals and to prepare them for practice as advanced degree respiratory therapist.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and review relevant medical literature associated with respiratory care and/or related to management, clinical practice or education.
  • Students will participate as a multidisciplinary team member providing education and disease management to acute and chronically ill patients and their families along with understanding the expanded roles that respiratory therapists hold.
  • Students will demonstrate cultural competency as a health care provider on an interprofessional team. Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex health care situations and take into consideration ethical concerns of all members of the team while focusing on direct and indirect patient care.
  • Students will successfully pass professional credentialing exams including: Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS), Neonatal and Pediatric Specialist (NPS), and/or the Asthma Educator (AE-C) (NAEB) national board exams.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex leadership problems, implement process improvement, and provide effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Students will develop and present a professionally relevant project related to their personal professional goals.


The University of Kansas bachelor's degree in respiratory care advancement program, program number 510012, at KU Medical Center holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.

KU's bachelor's degree advancement program in respiratory care does not provide eligibility for professional licensing required for employment. Students enter this program having already obtained credentialing for health care practice.

Last modified: Apr 22, 2021

Learn about the online degree-completion program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
How to apply

Get in touch with an adviser today and explore the opportunities!

Cheryl Skinner

Cheryl Skinner, M.Sc., RRT
913-588-4634 (TTY 711)

Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes start?
Students may enroll to enter the program in fall or spring semester.

What is the course workload like?
This program is designed to be flexible, and students plan the course schedule that is the best fit for them. Students may enroll as a full-time student, or take only a few courses (or even just a single course) in a semester.

How much does it cost?
See the tuition and fees table on the overview page.