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Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care (2 + 2)

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 Data. 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 educational 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; 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.


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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 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.


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. 
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

 BGSU Respiratory Care Program