Respiratory Care

KU offers a bachelor's degree program in respiratory care. Students enter after completing two years of prerequisites taken from KU's Lawrence campus or any regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university. The advanced curriculum and location at an academic medical center means students receive extensive experience in advanced respiratory therapy techniques.

For working professionals having graduated from a COARC-approved advanced practice level program, KU also offers a flexible online bachelor's degree-completion program in respiratory care. Students must already have the RRT credential and must take any missing prerequisite courses in addition to the online respiratory care courses to meet the credit-hour requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Located at the region's premier academic health center, the Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science is a part of the School of Health Professions on the medical center campus of the University of Kansas. KU Medical Center is located in the heart of the Kansas City metropolitan area at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard – about 40 minutes away from the main KU campus in Lawrence, Kansas.

Advising and FAQ

For information about respiratory care at KU, please visit the department’s website. Students interested in entering this field should contact an advisor as early as possible in their collegiate career to ensure prerequisite course work will be completed on schedule. Advising and campus visits are available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email respiratory@kumc.edu for information. For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center.