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Apply Online

group of studentsBefore starting the online application, it will be helpful to have prepared the following items.

Personal Statement

Students are asked to write a brief (2-3 paragraphs) summary of reasons why they wish to enter the KU respiratory care program. Please include future plans, desired employment, career goals, etc.

Shadowing Documentation

Ask for permission and then make arrangements to spend at least two hours with a current respiratory therapist during their clinical duties. Have the clinical site's department representative sign the shadow documentation form PDF document.

This requirement may be fulfilled after applying to the program, but the form must be received before a decision on admission will be made.


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.

Please make sure each reference is willing to submit the recommendation online, and inform them they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” prompting this step.

Technical Standards and Accommodations

Please review the technical standards and requirements. Students are asked to confirm they have read and understand this information during the online application process.


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

If an institution provides an option for electronic delivery of official transcripts, please have them sent to Note: many institutions participate in the National Student Clearinghouse to requrest transcripts. If using this system, do not select "University of Kansas" or "KU Medical Center" as the destination. The email provided in this section should be used instead.

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

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

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: Apr 10, 2020

Prospective Students

Applications are still open for the class beginning fall 2021.

The deadline for priority status was February 1. However, applications may be accepted after that date based on space available in the next class.

Learn about the program

Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document
Clinical Affiliates
How to apply
Frequently asked questions

Explore the opportunities in this program: Connect with an advisor today!

Karen Schell

Karen Schell, D.H. Sc, RRT-NPS
913-588-4633 (TTY 711)

Students currently enrolled on the KU Lawrence campus may also contact the KU Undergraduate Advising Center.