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Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program, the items detailed below are required. Please contact a program advisor with any questions.

RRT Credential

Applicants must possess professional certification as a registered respiratory therapist from the National Board for Respiratory Care. Prior course work must include all the prerequisite courses (see below).

RT Degree

An associate degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited, CoARC-approved advanced respiratory therapist program is required.

Grade Point Average

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for college course work is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each prerequisite course in math, chemistry, physics and biological sciences.

Technology Requirements

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

Home broadband Internet access is recommended.

Prerequisites and Credit for Prior Course Work

A minimum 120 hours of college credit are required to earn a bachelor's degree from KU. Students will earn at least 30 credit hours during the respiratory care program.

Prerequisite Courses

  • 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

* Students having completed a single combined anatomy and physiology course will need to complete either a second, higher-level A&P course, or otherwise take a course in physiology only.

Students are required to be a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care. The cost of membership in the association varies.

Note: To be transferable, all prerequisite and respiratory care course work must be from an educational institution that is regionally accredited. This is not the same as national accreditation.

Last modified: Jun 29, 2020

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

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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.