Chattanooga State Respiratory Care Program Recognized By CoARC

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - by Betty Proctor, Chattanooga State

For the eighth time in a row, the Respiratory Care program at Chattanooga State Community College is among a select group of programs recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award.   

CoARC views the RRT credential (Registered Respiratory Therapist) as a standard of professional achievement and measurement of a program’s success to inspire graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.  

“I am so proud of the Chattanooga State Respiratory Care Program for its outstanding student outcomes," said Dr. Rebecca Ashford, Chattanooga State president. "This CoARC award is a testament to our outstanding faculty and their quality program.”

Selection criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in 2019 include having three or more years of outcomes data, maintaining accreditation without a progress report, documenting RRT credentialing success rate of 90 percent or above, and meeting or exceeding established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success and retention. 

"I am humbled by CoARC's recognition of our Respiratory Care program here at Chattanooga State," said Kathryn Davidson, Respiratory Care Program director. "Our faculty and students have always set the bar high, which shows when our graduates enter their newly chosen career."

Chattanooga State’s two-year Respiratory Care program involves a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical practice at several hospitals in the region as students learn to work with patients of every age who suffer breathing problems. For more information, call 697-4450 or visit chattanoogastate.edu/respiratory-care-aas



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