Respiratory Care Technology at BGSU

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Allied Health and Nursing

Presented by BGSU Firelands, Huron, Ohio

Lorain County Community College, in Elyria, Ohio, and Bowling Green State University Firelands College, in Huron, Ohio, join in a unique partnership that brings an associate degree respiratory care technology program to the LCCC campus. A bachelor of applied health science (respiratory care) is also available.

You can live without food for a few weeks. You can live without water for a few days. But if you are deprived of air, you will die within minutes. In terms of survival, breathing is your most immediate need. Respiratory care is the allied health profession that cares for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist sees a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric to adult and elderly patients.

Respiratory therapists are involved in critical care and work closely with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician and assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.

The associate degree program has two main components: pre-professional courses and professional year courses. The program requires completion of approximately 41-semester hours of pre-professional coursework followed by 41-semester hours of professional coursework.

Pre-professional coursework is offered and taught by LCCC faculty. Some first-year (pre-professional) courses have prerequisites, which may be waived dependent upon a student’s assessment results or academic achievement in high school. This part of the program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Professional coursework is also offered at LCCC and is taught by BGSU faculty.

The professional curriculum includes lecture, pre-clinical skill development (lab) and clinical experiences. The clinical component of the program, which provides students with real-world, practical experience in an actual health-care facility, is offered at several hospital/ medical center affiliates in the area. The professional curriculum can be completed in four semesters.

Areas of study for the respiratory care program include communications, English, chemistry, physics, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, psychology, mathematics and medical ethics. Technical coursework includes respiratory care theory and practice activities (laboratory and pre-clinical skill development) along with clinical experiences.

Students can complete this program in four semesters following pre-professional requirements. For more information about the LCCC/BGSU respiratory care technology program, please contact program advisors Robin Garland or Rod Roark (800) 322-4787 or (800) 995-LCCC, Ext. 4790 or direct-dial (440)366-4790.

The Respiratory Care program at Bowling Green State University, Elyria, Ohio (LCCC Campus) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Visit for more information.

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care Technology
This program prepares graduates to function as respiratory therapists in hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, private homes, medical equipment supply companies, home health agencies, medical centers and physician offices. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry-level examination (Certified Respiratory Therapist examination).

Successful completion of this exam is required to obtain a license to practice respiratory care in Ohio. Graduates can also sit for the Advanced Practitioner examination (Registered Respiratory Therapist examination) after successful completion of the entry-level examination.

Refer to LCCC’s University Partnership’s coursework requirements for the bachelor degree in applied health science. Program Admission Students interested in the respiratory care technology degree program must make formal application and meet the following criteria for consideration:

  1. Be formally admitted to BGSU
  2. Submit a program application to the academic advisor (Ms. Robin Garland for LCCC campus based students; Mr. Rod Roark for Firelands campus based students). Applications are due by April 1 for fall admission
  3. Be a graduate of an accredited high school and have attained an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale in high school or, have earned the GED
  4. Complete prerequisites (Pre-professional requirements) with a grade of “C” or higher in all ALHN, BIOG, and CHMY coursework (or equivalent coursework if transferring from another accredited institution)
  5. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4 point scale) for all college/university coursework;
  6. Complete a hospital/medical center tour of a respiratory or cardiopulmonary services department and submit the observation verification form to the academic advisor
  7. Complete an interview with the respiratory care admissions committee.

Note: All admissions are subject to approval by the respiratory care admissions committee.

Program Progression
After gaining admittance into the degree program, students must continue to meet the following standards to progress:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all RESP courses
  3. Successfully complete (pass according to National Board for Respiratory Care “cut scores”) the following NBRC/AMP self assessment examinations prior to graduation: Entry Level Exam (CRT), Advanced Practitioner Exam (RRT Written) (see Directed Practice Syllabi)
  4. Respiratory program and clinical policies

Pre-Professional Year Courses (Three Semesters)

Course No. Course Title Credits
ENGL 161 College Composition I 3

MTHM 171 or
MTHM 168

College Algebra



BIOG 121 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHMY 161  General, Organic & Biochemistry 4
SDEV 101 The College Experience 1
ALHN 110  Medical Terminology 3
PHLY 165 Bioethics 3
ENGL 162 College Composition II 3
BIOG 122  Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOG 251 General Microbiology 4
PSYH 151  Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective General Studies Course 3

Professional Year Courses

Course No. Course Title Credits
AHTH 1400 Pharmacology for Allied Health 3
RESP 1050 Introduction to Respiratory Care (web based) 2
RESP 1200 Principles of Respiratory Care I


RESP 1210 Principles of Respiratory Care II 3
RESP 2020  Cardiopulmonary/ Renal Anatomy
& Physiology
RESP 2030 Pulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RESP 2210 Respiratory Critical Care Procedures 4
RESP 2220 Principles of Respiratory Care III 3
RESP 2400 Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RESP 2510 Respiratory Care Directed Practice 3
RESP 3600 Cases & Reviews in Respiratory Care 3
RESP 2610 Respiratory Care Directed Practice 2
RESP 2710 Respiratory Care Directed Practice 3
RESP 2810 Respiratory Care Directed Practice 3
RESP 3510 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 3


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