Respiratory Therapy

Application Deadline

February 1st to be considered for the following fall class.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this website or need additional information about Respiratory Therapy, contact Rusty Taylor at 785-670-2172, or Ida Johnson at 785-670-2171. Or you can contact the Allied Health Department at 785-670-2170 or 785-670-2176.

Email the Program DirectorEmail the Clinical CoordinatorEmail the Allied Health Department


Admissions Criteria

 To be considered for acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program at Washburn University, the following criteria must be completed: 

  1. Students must apply and be accepted to Washburn University (see link on Respiratory Therapy Home Page); and have a completed Respiratory Therapy program application packet on file with the program director by February 1 of the application year.
  2. Respiratory Therapy Program application, letter of intent, and two letters of recommendation (below).
  3. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Respiratory Therapy program. A copy will be made and the original sent to Washburn Admission Office. If you are currently attending Washburn University, go to and print your transcript for admissions.
  4. If all minimum requirements are met and all materials received on time, the program committee will evaluate and score the materials. Positions are offered to the top 18 applicants.
  5. Application to the program does not constitute admission; probationary selection of admittees will be based on evaluation of applicant's credentials.
    • Selection of students is based on: academic record (grade point average and college level courses completed with a "C" grade or better), letter of intent, letters of recommendation, past work and volunteer experiences.
    • Maximum class size is 18 students.
    • Primary Deadline: Completed RT application criteria must be received by February 1 for the succeeding Fall class. Secondary Deadline: Completed application criteria received by June 1. The program will continue accepting applications after June 1if openings exist. FAXED application packets will NOT be accepted.
    • Attend orientation session with program faculty.
    • Send an official copy of all college or high school transcripts to the Program Director by February 1; if you are currently attending Washburn University, go to and print your transcript for admissions.
    • Health Insurance, Hepatitis B vaccine (or signed declination), TB skin test, a physical examination and a criminal background check will be required of all accepted Respiratory Therapy students prior to entry into Spring Semester clinical education (AL 187).

NOTICE: Successful completion of the Respiratory Therapy program requires participation in clinical practicum courses. Students can only be placed in clinical practicum courses after a background check, at their expense, has been completed which discloses they do not present a criminal history of:

  • Convictions of laws regulating controlled substances;*
  • Convictions at the felony level of crimes, as defined under Kansas Criminal Code (K.S.A. 21-3101 et seq.) and amendments thereto, which are crimes against persons, crimes against property, or sex offenses;
  • Conviction of an offense requiring registry as a sex offender under the Kansas Offender Registry Act or any federal, military or other state law requiring registry;
  • Conviction, at the felony level of crimes involving moral turpitude which include but are not limited to: perjury, bribery, embezzlement, theft, and misuse of public funds.
    * Exception:
    Persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanor illegal drug offense may be permitted to participate in the clinical practicum if they have demonstrated, in the opinion of the program director, they have been sufficiently rehabilitated.
  • Admitted students must complete CPR Certification prior to going on Respiratory Therapy Clinical I (AL 187) and maintain throughout clinicals.
  • The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Professional liability insurance is provided by Washburn University.
  • Individuals applying for scholarships and financial aid should note the priority deadline of February 15th for completed applications. Applications are available through the Financial Aid Office in Morgan Hall.

All application documents (program application form, letter of intent, transcripts, and recommendation letters) should be sent to:

Rusty Taylor, M.Ed., R.R.T. 
Respiratory Therapy 
Washburn University 
1700 College Ave.
Topeka KS 66621 
(785) 670-2172