Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

Bachelor of Science (KUMC Campus)

KU offers a bachelor of science degree in respiratory care. Course work covers areas such as neonatal, pediatrics and adult critical care, management, education, sleep disorders, pulmonary rehabilitation, and cardiopulmonary diagnostics. Most students enter the program after completing the sophomore year of undergraduate study or after two years of community college course work. With an advanced curriculum and located at an academic medical center, students receive extensive experience in advanced respiratory therapy techniques. The program includes a semester-long clinical assignment during the senior year in the student's area of specialization.

Degree Advancement Program (Online)

The University of Kansas also offers a program for the respiratory therapist with the RRT credential to obtain a bachelor's degree. This program is perfect for students unable to be physically present on campus or those with schedule constraints which make traditional college class schedules a challenge. Courses in this program are Web-based and are available anytime from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Note: This program is only available to professional respiratory therapists having the RRT credential.

Concurrent Enrollment Option (Online)

Students currently enrolled in a regionally accredited AS/AAS respiratory care program that are interested in earning a bachelor's degree may be eligible to complete up to 3 courses (9 credit hours) of the bachelor's degree advancement program.  Students must have completed at least one semester in their AS/AAS respiratory care program prior to applying to the dual degree option.  Upon completion of the AS/AAS degree and after earning the RRT credential, students can matriculate into the degree advancement program and complete the remaining 21 credit hours to earn the bachelor's degree.

International Degree Advancement Program (Online)

The University of Kansas offers a program for those living outside the United States that work as respiratory therapists or as health professionals (ie: nurses, physiotherapists, medical assistants, etc.) who provide respiratory care services to patients in their respective countries. This program is entirely virtual with a blend of asynchronous and synchronous online learning and engagement.  All classes are available as web-based and are available anytime from anywhere in the world where an Internet connection is available.  The purpose of this degree advancement program is to advance students' knowledge and understanding of content that will assist them in advancing as professionals such as leadership, management, professional communication, research, interprofessional simulation creation and implementation to name a few. NOTE: This program is NOT a CoARC accredited entry to practice program nor a CoARC accredited Degree Advancement program and DOES NOT allow graduates to take exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care in the United States.  Students must provide all applicable educational transcripts, credentials and licenses, and proof of English fluency for review before admission.  Please see admissions requirements for greater detail.