Respiratory Care FAQs

Can I take the professional courses during the evening or part-time?

No, the Respiratory Care Program is a full-time program with classes offered during day time hours. However, the liberal arts courses, required before entering the professional phase of the program, can be taken during the evening and on a part-time basis.

 Can I take professional courses online?

None of the professional courses are offered online.

Do I need to complete all of the prerequisite courses before applying to the program?

No, students who are still completing prerequisites may be accepted into the program. However, the prerequisite courses must be complete prior to the fall semester.

How can I obtain an application for the Respiratory Care Program?

Contact Meg Trumpp, Program Director at (316) 942-4291 ext. 2344 or

When is the deadline for applications?

Applications are accepted February 1st through March 15th for the succeeding fall class. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

How many students are admitted into the Respiratory Care Program?

Twenty students are admitted each year. The program begins in August.

Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?

While full-time employment is not recommended, students may find it necessary to work part-time while enrolled in the program. Employment, if not wisely scheduled, may cause academic difficulties. It is assumed that the logical priorities of the student are to complete the Respiratory Care Program and gain the credentials necessary to secure a stable career.

Can I get a job in respiratory therapy before I graduate from the program?

Yes, under current Kansas State Board of Healing Arts regulations students may obtain a special permit to work under the direction of a licensed respiratory therapist. Area hospitals may hire students after successful completion of the first semester. Hospital employment is unrelated to the academic requirements of the program.

Will I be guaranteed employment when I graduate?

The program does not guarantee employment. However, the current demand for respiratory therapists is very high locally and nationally. Nearly all of our graduates are employed by one of our clinical affiliates either before or upon graduation.

How are clinical assignments determined?

Clinical assignments are determined by the Director of Clinical Education. Students may be assigned to day, evening and night shift clinical rotations during second and third semester of the program. It is expected that students will make the necessary arrangements in order to complete clinical assignments. Students must assume responsibility for all expenses (transportation, meals, housing etc.) incurred during rotations at local and regional clinical affiliates.

What are the requirements for clinical attendance?

A background check, drug and alcohol testing (both required for admission to the program), CPR certification, a completed health physical, professional liability insurance and medical insurance are required for clinical education experience. During second semester, students will be given information concerning the requirements for clinical attendance. Therefore, students entering the program in the fall do not need to have a health physical, liability insurance, medical insurance, a clinical uniform or supplies.