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Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

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B.S. Degree Requirements

This program requires 2 years of undergraduate college course work, including a total of 64 semester credit hours, on the KU Lawrence campus or at another regionally accredited university or community college and 2 years of professional courses at KU Medical Center. To obtain a bachelor’s degree from KU, a student must earn the last 30 hours of credit for the degree by resident study. 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. All other degree requirements must be fulfilled.

The program provides an organized learning experience in which each student acquires an in-depth understanding of and proficiency in advanced concepts of clinical respiratory care and the fundamentals of health professions education and management. During the senior year, the student specializes in one area of concentration: adult critical care, neonatal critical care, pulmonary rehabilitation, management, education, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, sleep medicine, or hyperbaric medicine.

Passing the National Board for Respiratory Care’s Certified Respiratory Therapist examination and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is required for graduation.

Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change. For details of the curriculum, including a year-by-year course sequence, please visit the program's website.

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