The Respiratory Care program is part of BGSU Firelands 

Two students in the Respiratory Care program
  • Bachelors Available
  • Available at Firelands Campus
  • Bachelors Available
  • Available at Firelands Campus

Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program is designed to educate students to expand their practice in respiratory care and offers students a sequence of advanced study to prepare them to become future leaders in the profession. Students entering the program must have completed a CoARC accredited associate degree program in respiratory care prior to the completion of this degree. Students can concurrently complete the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care and the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.

  • Setting: Full-time or part-time program with all professional courses online.
  • Prerequisites required: 2.5 GPA or higher, completed CHEM 1090/1100, BIOL 3140/3150, BIOL 3310, BIOL 3320 and math (MATH 1150 stats and MATH 1220 algebra). Applicants must have completed a CoARC accredited Associate degree program in Respiratory Care.
  • Adjectives for a successful student: Motivated, flexible, enthusiastic 

Graduates have employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, long term care, home care, sleep lab, and specialty areas including neonatal/pediatric critical care, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function testing and disease management.

Graduates can expect to: 

  • Learn advanced critical care techniques for patient management.
  • Become familiar with advanced diagnostic testing related to respiratory care.
  • Complete reviews of scientific literature and use them to apply evidence-based care to patients.
  • Develop additional skills to educate patients and families on disease management. 
  • Gain a skillset to support advancement into management and supervisory positions. hirable for virtually any hospital or health care facility with a respiratory department.

Program Goal Statements:

  1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  2. To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Learning Outcomes: Graduates from our program should be qualified to:

  • Master fundamental principles of natural, physical, and social science and mathematics related to respiratory care.
  • Identify, evaluate, and apply technical information related to the role and scope of practice for the respiratory care professional.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of respiratory care as well as advanced concepts in adult, pediatric, and neonatal patient management in the diagnostic assessment, management, and treatment of patients.
  • Analyze scientific literature and critically evaluate clinical research findings related to respiratory care.
  • Educate patients, their families, and other health care professionals in respiratory care practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors expected of the advanced respiratory care professional including adherence to state laws, patient privacy (HIPAA), patient safety regulations, and the code of ethics for the profession.
  • Meet nationally accepted standards for the scope of practice of the respiratory care professional as stated in the Standards and Guidelines for the profession of respiratory care promulgated by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
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Carol Puder

Director, respiratory care

Message from the director: The respiratory care program at BGSU Firelands is well respected across Northern Ohio and health care facilities actively recruit our students for employment. Respiratory care is a specialized profession treating patients with cardiopulmonary diseases across all areas of the hospital including the emergency room and critical care areas. Respiratory therapists can also specialize in many areas including neonatal/pediatrics, long-term care, sleep lab, pulmonary rehab, and pulmonary function testing. Students complete clinical requirements at award-winning medical facilities throughout northern Ohio including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, University Hospitals and Mercy Health among many others. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist and are also able to pursue a graduate degree. 

Updated: 09/08/2022 08:29AM