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Respiratory Care FAQs

No, the Respiratory Care Program is a full-time program with classes offered during daytime 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.

None of the professional courses are offered online.

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

For complete information on the application process, download an application packet from the Respiratory Care webpage.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.