The Respiratory Care program is part of BGSU Firelands 

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Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program is designed to prepare students for practice in respiratory care. Theory, laboratory and clinical experiences provide students with the skills to work as a respiratory therapist in a wide variety of clinical settings evaluating, treating and managing patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists provide patient care, which includes clinical decision-making and patient education.

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 Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist and are also able to pursue a graduate degree.

The projected annual salary for respiratory therapists working in the U.S. is over $60,000 per year while the need for respiratory therapists is expected to grow by up to 21%.

Quality classroom experiences

Academic advisors work individually with students to plan their degree programs and small class sizes allow students to have close, personal contact with their professors.   


Curriculum is designed to broaden knowledge base by providing an appropriate academic foundation for the dynamic changes and issues that shape the respiratory care profession and the health care field.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pulmonary Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Critical Care Concepts in Respiratory Care
  • Allied Health Educator
  • Health Care Management
  • Medical Ethics
  • Pharmacology

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.

Internships and Careers

A graduate of the BSRC program will be eligible to complete the national board exam and become a registered respiratory therapist (RRT). This credential is recognized nationally as well as in certain international locations. An RRT with a bachelor’s degree will be able to apply for any respiratory care position within any healthcare environment to provide direct patient care as well as to become employed in a supervisory or administrative position related to respiratory care.

A bachelor’s degree is preferred for many entry positions in respiratory care and is required for most supervisory or administrative positions in respiratory care. Graduates of this program will also receive a higher wage compared to those with an associate degree through an additional amount per hour or as part of a tiered wage determination.

GO FAR in your career

  • Intensive care
  • Pediatrics/neonatal care
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehab
  • Pulmonology
  • Nursing homes
  • Emergency Care
  • Long-term care
  • Home care
  • Sleep labs

The program receives regular requests from health care organizations interested in recruiting our students. Some of these include Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, Promedica, Mercy Health, Ohio Health Mansfield, University Hospitals, and others throughout Ohio.

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).

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 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.

More information on accreditation

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 program leads to professional licensure and national credentials.

More information on professional licensure

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 program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.