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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 care courses.

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. Completion of pre-professional courses may lead to an Associate of Arts degree through LCCC.

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 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 five 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 Bachelor degree 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. Program student/graduate outcomes can be found at Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include: 3-year time period being reported; CRT credentialing success; RRT credentialing success; Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2020); Retention; Job placement; Overall Graduate Satisfaction; Overall Employer Satisfaction; Total number of program enrollees; Total number of program graduates; Maximum Annual Enrollment.

Parallel LCCC Program

Associate of Arts

AA to Respiratory Care Curriculum Pathway

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the respiratory degree program must make 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 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 in the first two years on the program checksheet
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.


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 at this time.
  2. Request all colleges/universities that 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 SOAR experience (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) once you are admitted to BGSU Firelands. Please register for your individual session by contacting BGSU Firelands Student Services at 419-372-0886. You will also receive an informational packet in the mail for use during your SOAR appointment. 


For More Information

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