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PreRespiratory Care

Thinking About Respiratory Care?

Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, address breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Working in exciting and dynamic environments, their services are integral in emergency rooms, clinics, sleep labs, hospitals, home care, research, leadership, and management.

Definition from the KUMC Respiratory Care homepage. 

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Respiratory Care at a Glance

Track or Major? 

Respiratory Care is a major that you complete by taking 2 years of pre-admission classes required for application to the Respiratory Care program, and then once admitted you complete the final 2+ years of your degree at the KU Medical Center Campus.

  • hours to complete: 60 hours to apply, (including 53 required pre-respiratory care hours), 60 program hours
  • time to complete: 4 years

Level of degree - Bachelor of Science

Does KU have a program? 

Yes. Students spend their first 2 years on the Lawrence campus completing their pre-respiratory care courses. Once admitted, the remaining 2 years are spent on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS.

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View KU's prerequisite list for PreRespiratory Care students.

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Quick Tip: If you have specific questions related to courses, contact your academic advisor.

View the overview of KU's Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.

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Program Admission

KU's Program

How to Apply: Quick Links

GPA application requirement: 2.5

Competitive GPA accepted: 3.0+

Special KU application information

  • Strong application characteristics include shadowing a respiratory care therapist for at least 2 hours.
  • Healthcare work/volunteering experience with direct patient contact is highly recommended.
  • The GPA you apply with is often your transfer credit plus your first year of KU courses. Keep this in mind.
  • All individuals admitted to the program will be asked to verify that they can meet the technical standards with or without accommodation(s). Applicants who disclose a disability are considered for admission if they are otherwise qualified.

International Student Information

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KU by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted.
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Quick Tip: If you need assistance with your application resume and/or personal statement, schedule an appointment at the KU Writing Center and/or University Career Center!

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Gain Experience Before You Apply!

Gaining Experience: Quick Links

Strong applicants have healthcare and non-healthcare experience through jobs, internships, volunteer experiences, shadowing, student organizations, and more. These experiences give you the necessary leadership, technical, and transferable skills you need to be a competitive applicant and also allow you to evaluate the field to make sure it is a good fit for you before you apply to a specific program.

Observation Experience

Students should shadow a respiratory therapist in a professional health care environment to get an idea of what the profession is like. Ask for permission and then make arrangements to spend at least two hours with this professional during clinical duties.

This requirement may be fulfilled after applying to the program, but the form must be received before a decision will be made to accept you into the program. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is a great option for students in Lawrence.

Quick Tip: The University Career Center can assist you in finding experiential opportunities. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 785-864-3624.

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Deadlines & Contact Information

Application due date:
February 1st of sophomore year

Advising home:
Undergraduate Advising Center, 785-864-2834

Advising contact:
Robin Merritt

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