Respiratory Care Technology

Respiratory Care Students
Respiratory care students practicing their skills.

Respiratory therapists (RTs) provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. RTs get to know their patients, their patients’ families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, RTs are there.

The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher, so job stability is excellent. Continued growth in medical technology ensures the field will never get boring. The opportunity to really help people and make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of others means you’ll get much more out of your career than just a paycheck.

You’ll find Respiratory Therapists in—

  • Hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • Intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
  • Emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
  • Newborn and pediatric units helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
  • Patient’s homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
  • Sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
  • Skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breath easier and get more out of life.
  • Doctor’s offices conducting pulmonary function tests and providing patient education.
  • Asthma education programs helping kids and adults alike learn how to cope with the condition.
  • Smoking cessation programs assisting those who want to kick the habit for good.
  • Case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients.

The BGSU Firelands Respiratory Care Associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( BGSU Firelands program number is 200339, the satellite program number is 300009.


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the associate degree, students in Respiratory Care Technology are expected to be able to:

  • The ability to comprehend that body of technical information according to nationally accepted standards as being related to the role and scope of practice for the advanced respiratory care practitioner, and to utilize and apply that knowledge appropriately in the diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and management of patients;
  • The ability to perform all of the clinical procedural skills associated with the role and scope of practice of the advanced respiratory care professional;
  • The set of personal behaviors expected of the advanced respiratory care professional.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Respiratory Care Technology program requires professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Respiratory Care Technology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 04/28/2022 02:27PM