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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 university or community college, followed by 2 years of respiratory care courses at KU Medical Center. Applicants are expected to have completed at least 64 prerequisite credit hours at an 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.

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.

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


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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 (19-20 hours)

BIOL 100 Principles of Biology Lecture (3) and
BIOL 102 Principles of Biology Laboratory (1) (preferred) or
BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
BIOL 200 Basic Microbiology 3
BIOL 203 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 2
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3) and
*BIOL 242 Human Anatomy Dissection Laboratory (3) or
BIOL 440 Advanced Human Anatomy (with lab) (6)
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology 3
BIOL 247 Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory 2

*BIOL 241 Human Anatomy Observation Lab (2) is an acceptable alternative to BIOL 242

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)

Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (2 hours)

HSES 248 First Aid (or waiver; see a program adviser for waiver eligibility) 2

Humanities and Non-Western Culture (3 hours). View the list of principal courses. View the list of non-Western culture courses.

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

Science or Math Elective (3 hours), View the list of principal courses.

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

Ethics/Religion/Philosophy (3 hours). Recommended 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)

General Electives (6 hours). View the list of principal courses.

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