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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 courses and professional respiratory courses. The program requires completion of approximately 38 semester hours of pre-professional coursework followed by 38 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 respiratory coursework is also offered at LCCC and is taught by BGSU faculty. The professional respiratory 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 respiratory coursework 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 BGSU Firelands respiratory care associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The BGSU Firelands program number is 200339 and the satellite program number is 300009.   Program Student and Graduate Outcomes 


For More Information

For more information about the Respiratory Care program, please email LCCC Satellite Program Coordinator, Megan Ashker or call her at (800) 995-LCCC, ext. 4383, direct-dial (440) 366-4838 or at  (231) 301-5608.


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Respiratory Care Curriculum at BGSU Firelands

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