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.
Students interested in the associate of applied science respiratory degree program must make a formal application and meet the following criteria for consideration:
- Be formally admitted to BGSU;
- 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;
- Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned the GED;
- No ACT/SAT required.
- Complete prerequisites (Pre-professional requirements). This includes all courses listed on the program check-sheet
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4-point scale) for all college/university coursework;
- Complete a hospital/medical center tour of a respiratory care department and submit the Program Admission Observation Form to the academic advisor;
- 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
- Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Provide documentation of required health work
- Obtain the required insurance
- Meet physical requirement guidelines
To apply to the Partnership, follow the steps below:
- Complete a BGSU online application. The $45 application fee is currently free to all students.
- Request all colleges/universities you attended to send official transcripts directly to BGSU Firelands, Office of Admissions.
- Monitor your email for a decision.
- Once admitted, make an appointment with the Respiratory Care Program Coordinator.
- 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.
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.