College of Health and Human Services

Respiratory Care


Nicole McKenzie, Ph.D., RRT

Assistant Professor
Program Director, Respiratory Care
School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office:  HH 2003B
Mail Stop 119
Phone: 419.530.4515
Fax: 419.530.4780
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Nicole McKenzie is the Program Director for the Respiratory Care Program at The University of Toledo. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care from The University of Toledo, Master of Health Administration from Ohio University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education from The University of Toledo.

Nicole has 6 years of clinical experience from a variety of settings. She spent most of her clinical years at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, where she was a Charge Therapist, ECMO Specialist, flight team member, and Interim Education Supervisor. Nicole taught as adjunct faculty at Monroe County Community College for 3 years prior to coming to The University of Toledo full time in the fall of 2014. Nicole is the faculty lead for Respiratory Care in the Interprofessional Education program here at The University of Toledo. She is also the chapter chair for Lambda Beta Honor Society and co-advisor for the Student Respiratory Care Association.

Dr. McKenzie’s teaching interests include simulation, gaming in the classroom, and Interprofessional Education. Her research interests include the same in addition to vaping behaviors and hospital-based disaster preparedness. Nicole has given a variety of presentations in multiple countries on her research and teaching activities and has a number of publications in a variety of scientific journals. Nicole’s public health advocacy efforts have brought her to testify in front of Toledo City Council about increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco, as well as all the way to Washington DC to discuss gun violence with members of Congress.  She has also served as expert council in medical malpractice cases.

Last Updated: 6/27/22