Undergraduate Admission

Students should submit applications by February 1 for consideration for entry in the next fall semester. Applications are available on the program's website. The program limits the number of students accepted each year; meeting the February 1 deadline is strongly encouraged. Applications submitted after February 1 are evaluated in the order in which they are received until all open positions are filled.

Admission Requirements

This program requires 2 years of prerequisite course work, either on the KU Lawrence campus or another regionally accredited university or community college, followed by 2 years of respiratory care courses at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Applicants are expected to have completed at least 63 prerequisite credit hours at a regionally accredited college or university before admission. Students should contact the respiratory care admissions coordinator at KU Medical Center during their first or second years for advising and admission information.

Transfer students should be aware that all transfer courses for which they have requested credit must be equivalent to courses required at KU, or additional course work will be required. Graduates of associate's degree respiratory care programs are eligible to apply for advanced standing as seniors upon completion of all prerequisites.

The candidate must have a 2.5 grade-point average with no grades lower than C in science and mathematics prerequisite courses. International students should review current requirements. International students must provide official transcripts for all institutions of higher learning attended, I-20 visas, and Test of English as a Second Language (ToFEL) scores or equivalent per university policy and standards.

Good physical health and mental health is essential. Minor physical handicaps are not considered deterrents. The faculty reserves the option of restricting admission of candidates with handicaps that may affect ability to deliver safe and effective patient care. Consistent with KU policies and regulations, physical examinations are required before registration. The admissions committee may request a personal interview with the applicant. All students must be current with required immunizations.

Prospective students should review the program requirements, including prerequisite course work, and complete list of application requirements on the department's website.



English (6 hours)

ENGL 101 Compositon 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3

Mathematics (6 hours)

MATH 101 Algebra 3
MATH 365 Elementary Statistics  3

Biology (12-20 hours)

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology Lecture (3) or
BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
*BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory (1) 1
BIOL 200 Basic Microbiology 3
*BIOL 203 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3) 3
*BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Observation Laboratory (2) 2
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3
*BIOL 247 Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory 2

*Laboratory sections are recommended but not required.

Chemistry (5 hours)

CHEM 125 College Chemistry 5

Physics (3 hours)

PHSX 111 Introductory Physics 3

Oral Communication (3 hours)

COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
COMS 150 Personal Communication (3) or
PHIL 148 Reason and Argument (3)

Psychology (3 hours)

PSYC 104 3

Humanities, Philosophy, and Ethics (6 hours). One class must be in ethics. View the list of principal courses. Recommended philosophy courses:

  • PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • PHIL 365 Moral Issues in the Professions (3)
  • PHIL 370 Moral Issues in Medicine (3)
  • REL 787 Seminar in Ethical Issues in Health Care: _____ (3)

Social Sciences (3 hours). View the list of principal courses.

Arts, Music, Dance, or Theatre Elective (3 hours). View the list of principal courses.

Science, Math, and General Electives. Students are encouraged to select elective courses to fulfill the 63 credit minimum requirement, including biological sciences, behavioral sciences, math, or quantitative sciences, which help prepare for respiratory care. View the list of principal courses.

Contact Info

Department of Respiratory Care

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 1013, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-4631
Respiratory Care site
Dave Burnett, Program Director
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