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 program has two main components: Pre-Professional Year Courses and Professional Year Courses. The program requires completion of approximately 40 semester hours of pre-professional coursework followed by 36 semester hours of professional coursework.
Pre-professional coursework is offered at LCCC 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 Year coursework is also offered at LCCC, and is taught by BGSU faculty. The Professional Year 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 Year 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.
The Respiratory Care Program at Bowling Green State University offered in Elyria, Ohio (Lorain County Community College campus) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
For More Information
For more information about the Respiratory Care program, please contact program advisor Rod Roark on the LCCC campus at (800) 995-LCCC, ext. 4790 or direct-dial (440) 366-4790, at the BGSU-Firelands campus at (419) 372-0865, or by email.