Bowling Green State University Firelands


This associate degree program prepares graduates to function as respiratory therapists in hospitals, medical centers, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, private homes, medical equipment supply companies, home health agencies, and physician offices and clinics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care’s (NBRC) Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) examination and Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). To obtain a license to practice in Ohio, graduates must pass the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) cut score on the TMC examination and pass the CSE.

The program has two main components: pre-professional courses and Professional Courses. The program requires the completion of approximately 28-31 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 on a student’s assessment results or academic achievement in high school. This part of the program can be taken full-time or part-time.

Professional respiratory coursework is also offered at LCCC through the University Partnership and is taught by BGSU faculty. All Professional Courses will be taken as a BGSU Firelands student. The professional respiratory curriculum includes lectures, pre-clinical skill development (lab), and clinical experiences. The program’s clinical component, which provides students with real-world, practical experience in an actual healthcare facility, is offered at several hospital/medical center affiliates in the area. The professional respiratory coursework can be completed in four semesters. 

Bowling Green State University Firelands Website – Respiratory Care Associate Degree

Associate of Applied Science:  Respiratory Care Transfer Pathway

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the associate of applied science respiratory degree program must make a formal application and meet the following criteria for consideration: 

  1. Be formally admitted to BGSU;
  2. Submit a Program Admission Application to the academic advisor, Ms. Megan Ashker, for the LCCC campus. Applications are due by April 1 for Fall admission;
  3. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned the GED;
  4. No ACT/SAT required.
  5. Complete prerequisites (Pre-professional requirements). This includes all courses listed on the program check-sheet
  6. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4-point scale) for all college/university coursework;
  7. Complete a hospital/medical center tour of a respiratory care department and submit the Program Admission Observation Form to the academic advisor;
  8. Complete an interview with the respiratory care admissions committee. Note: All admissions are subject to approval by the respiratory care admissions committee.

Admission to Clinical

  1. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  2. Provide documentation of required health work
  3. Obtain the required insurance
  4. Meet physical requirement guidelines

Application Procedures

To apply to the Partnership, follow the steps below:

  1. Complete a BGSU online application.  The $45 application fee is currently free to all students.
  2. Request all colleges/universities you attended to send official transcripts directly to BGSU Firelands, Office of Admissions.
  3. Monitor your email for a decision.
  4. Once admitted, make an appointment with the Respiratory Care Program Coordinator.
  5. Be sure to complete your University Orientation experience once you are admitted to BGSU Firelands. Please register for your session by contacting BGSU Firelands Academic & Career Counseling Department at 419-372-0886. 
How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?  

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?

  • You are following the UP Curriculum Pathway from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.
    • For 2:2 degrees, you have been admitted to the partner institution and have registered for your first classes the upcoming semester, 3rd year of partner classes.  The first day of the 3rd year class, you are officially a UP student.
    • For 3:1 degrees, you are a UP student if you are registered for the 3rd year in either bridgework LCCC classes or UP partner classes. You may not be necessarily admitted with the UP partner just yet.  The first day of the 3rd year of UP or LCCC bridgework class, you are officially a UP student.
  • UP Office will use the email address your partner institution shares with us, which is once a semester, to email out a reminder to you about the UP program supports and services.
  • If you are unsure if you are in the UP, you are welcome to email or call the UP Office to verify your status.

How do I show proof I am a UP student to receive benefits and supports offered at LCCC

  • Go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCCC Bass Library  (440) 366-4026.
  • Show your class registration for UP classes with the partner institution or LCCC bridgework classes.
  • Bass Library staff will place a color coded sticker on the back of your LCCC or partner institution ID card.  If you have no LCCC or UP ID card, a UP ID card will be issued to you.
  • You will need to get a new sticker (date specific) each semester that you are registered for UP partner classes.
  • An ID card is not required but would be needed if you are seeking benefits and supports at LCCC while in the partnership.
  • Supports and services are for Elyria Campus and the Learning Centers (Community Learning  Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center, LCCC Wellington Center, and University Partnership Ridge Campus).


For More Information

Megan Ashker, LCCC Satellite Program Coordinator
(800) 995-LCCC, ext. 4383
direct-dial (440) 366-4838 or (231) 301-5608

See the Bowling Green State University Academic Calendar for important academic dates and deadlines.  

The BGSU Firelands Associate of Applied Science Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The BGSU Firelands program number is 200339, and the LCCC satellite program number is 300009. See program student/graduate outcomes. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes-based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the program’s educational goals are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include the three years being reported; RRT credentialing success; Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam; Retention; Job placement; Overall Graduate Satisfaction, Overall Employer Satisfaction; Total number of program enrollees; Total number of program graduates; Maximum Annual Enrollment. 


Allied Health & Nursing Open House (RESCHEDULED from Jan. 25)

Join the BGSU Firelands campus for an Open House on Wednesday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m., to learn more about and take the next step in your career in the allied health and nursing fields. See the Open House flier and webpage for more information and to register.