BGSU Firelands Respiratory Care program helps student find her passion

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Berlyn Wyczalek knew she wanted to stay close to home and her family in Vermillion, Ohio while she completed her college degree. She chose BGSU Firelands because of the many reputable healthcare programs offered. In addition, BGSU Firelands is close to Berlyn's home and family.

After earning her Medical Assistance Certificate, Wyczalek realized she wanted to be able to do more than outpatient care and began meeting with advisors to figure out the next steps in her career. After taking a few nursing courses, she learned about the Respiratory Care program researching the different career fields she could pursue.

Wyczalek began the Respiratory Care program in August of 2018 and found her true passion. She was able to apply for a Respiratory Therapist Limited Permit after completing the first part of the program, which has allowed her to work at a local hospital to gain  experience in the field. Wyczalek appreciates the flexibility at BGSU Firelands that allowed her to work while taking classes.

"BGSU Firelands makes it possible to work while earning my degree," stated Wyczalek. She is currently employed at Firelands Regional Medical Center and plans to work there after graduation. Wyczalek said she enjoys floor therapy and critical care but hopes to someday work in a newborn intensive care unit.

Wyczalek credits the faculty and staff at Firelands for her love of the field. “The instructors make you feel like you’re part of the family. They are always willing to come in for tutoring on their days off, and they truly want to see us succeed.”

Wyczalek will be graduating at the end of fall semester with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care. While she is excited to complete the Respiratory Care Program, she said she will miss the advisors and faculty members who helped her design a path that will provide security a career that she loves.