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Apply Online

Students are welcome to apply to the program at any time, but in order to allow for sufficient time to process the application, it is recommended that students apply by June 30 (for fall semester) or November 15 (for spring semester). However, please keep in mind that students will have the best opportunity for financial aid if they complete their FAFSA prior to KU's March 1 priority deadline.

In order to provide financial aid information, KU cannot process a students FAFSA unless they have applied to the school (including receipt of application fee). Thus, students have the most financial aid options if their application is submitted by early February.

Before starting the online application

It will be helpful to have the following items ready before opening the online application.

Personal Statement

Write a brief (2-3 paragraphs) summary of reasons why, as registered respiratory therapist, you wish to complete the bachelor's degree in respiratory care. Upload this document in Word or PDF format.


Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The application system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online.

College instructors are preferred, but a reference could be an advisor, supervisor, employer or other person familiar with the applicant's work and character. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.

Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

RRT License

Upload proof of registrered respiratory therapist (RRT) license with the online application.

AARC Membership

Please upload with the application proof of membership in the American Association of Respiratory Care.


Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university have attended sent directly to the department.

If an institution provides an option for electronic delivery of official transcripts, please have them sent to Important note: many institutions participate in the National Student Clearinghouse. If using the clearinghouse, please do not select "University of Kansas" as the destination for transcripts. Instead, use the email address provided here.

Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
KU Dept. of Respiratory Care Education
Attn: Admissions
MS 1013 / 3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160

Note: Current or former KU students do not need to request official transcripts for courses taken from KU.

International students note: Only U.S. residents are eligible for this program.

Online Application

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Mar 23, 2020

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.