COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE

News and Announcements

 

POSTED

12/5/17

NBRC

Posted

9/6/17

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Call for Comments Regarding

Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement (DA) Programs in Respiratory Care

 

 

 

 

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is beginning the process of revising its Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement (DA) Programs in Respiratory Care, which were initially adopted on July 1, 2015.

 

The CoARC Call for Comments invites all communities of interest* to use the attached survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DAStandards2018) to submit, from now until October 1, 2017, comments or suggested changes/deletions regarding the final draft of the proposed Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care  which includes Evidence of Compliance, and Interpretive Guidelines. Your comments will be an essential part of the revision process. Please Note: Since Survey Monkey only displays a clean version, it may be helpful to view the PDF version as you complete the survey so all modifications can be easily identified. (Click Here for the pdf version).

 

The revision of the DA Standards will be a continuing item on CoARC meeting agendas until their approval and implementation. Following any revisions related to these comments, the Standards will be sent to the CoARC’s collaborating organizations for their acceptance prior to implementation. 

 

Comments may be sent electronically by emailing shelley@coarc.com or by regular mail:

 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Attn: Degree Advancement Standards Revision

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, TX 76021-4244

 

Questions about the Standards review process should be sent to the Associate Executive Director, Shane Keene, at shane@coarc.com.

 

Questions about submitting comments and suggestions on the web-based surveys should be addressed to Shelley Christensen at shelley@coarc.com.

 

You may complete the entire survey or limit your participation to a particular Standard or Evidence of Compliance. Note that once you begin the survey you cannot save it and return to it later. You can, however, re-do the survey later to add additional thoughts or concerns.

 

We greatly appreciate your time and input.

 

*Communities of interest include:

All the bodies within the CoARC organizational structure as well as related organizations (the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Thoracic Society, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the National Network of Two-Year Community Colleges, and the National Board for Respiratory Care);

 

 

RT educational program representatives (CEOs, Deans, Program Directors, Medical Directors, Site Visitors, and Advisory Committee Members); respiratory therapy educators; practitioners;

 

 

As well as: consumers, employers, regulators (licensure boards, state higher education commissions), recognition bodies (Council for Higher Education Accreditations), accreditors (regional, national, and specialized accreditors); students; and the public.

Posted

6/15/17

Kettering National Seminars Announces Sponsorship Agreement with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Click Here to Read More 

Posted

5/17/17

 

Click Here to read the announcement of the Trajecsys Support Agreement with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

 

 Posted

12/22/16

Revised 12/1/17

Click Here for more information on the final revision to Standard 1.01 approved by the CoARC Board at its recent meeting.

Posted

12/22/16

Degree Advancement Standards now Available! Click here for more information on the review process, the Standards document, eligibility requirements, and how to apply!

Posted

12/22/16

Attrition is Out...Retention is In!  Click here for the revised definitions and threshold in effect for January 1, 2017

Posted

12/22/16

New Accreditation Policies are set to go in effect on January 1, 2017.  Click here for more information.

Posted

12/22/16

CoARC is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Shane Keene as the new Associate Executive Director.  Please click here to find out more about him.

Posted

11/13/16

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has published the

 

STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION OF

ADVANCED PRACTICE (APRT) PROGRAMS IN RESPIRATORY CARE

Effective November 13, 2016

 

Posted

3/23/16

Response to AARC Position Statement on Respiratory Therapist Education

 

CLICK HERE to read CoARC's proposed changes to Standard 1.01 and response to the AARC Position Statement on Respiratory Therapist Education.

Posted

3/23/16

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Call for Comments Regarding

Proposed Changes to Standard 1.01

Accreditation Standards

For Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice 

From now until May 1, 2016, the CoARC Call for Comments invites all interested respiratory communities of interest* to submit comments, suggested changes, or deletions regarding the proposed changes to Standard 1.01 using the following Survey Monkey link (preferred).  Your comments will be used to complete the revision process.  Please note:  Since Survey Monkey only displays a clean version, it may be helpful to view the PDF version as you complete the survey so all modifications can be easily identified.  This may be downloaded and printed from the CoARC web site at http://www.coarc.com/ (“CoARC’s response to the AARC Position Statement on Respiratory Therapist Education”).

 

 

The Survey Monkey link is: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoARC_Standard_1-01

Posted

12/10/15

The NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Exam High Cut Score
as a Measure of Exam-Based Program Outcomes

 

Click Here for more information

 

 

Posted

12/8/15

Revised Accreditation Policies Released

 

CoARC has revised its accreditation policies which take effect
on January 1, 2016.

Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Posted

12/3/15

Changes to Positive (Job) Placement Outcomes Measure 

 

As a result of the CoARC’s ongoing effort to ensure that its policies and procedures ensure fair and consistent accreditation decisions, the Board of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) approved the following changes to the positive (job) placement outcomes measure which became effective 11/21/2015.  CLICK HERE to read announcement.

Posted

8/15/15

The new NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) admissions policies require the applicant to “be a graduate and have a minimum of an associate degree issued by the sponsoring educational institution.” Both CoARC and the NBRC have a mutually‐agreed upon definition of the point at which a student is considered a graduate (and therefore can apply to the TMC Examination).  For RCS reporting purposes, programs must record the actual graduation date for each student in the Student Profile section of the RCS (as opposed to when the student completes the program, for example).

Updated Post 11/21/15

STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION OF

DEGREE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAMS IN RESPIRATORY CARE

Effective July 1, 2015

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has approved the
Standards for Accreditation of Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care.  
These Standards have been endorsed by the AARC, ACCP, ATS, and ASA.


Degree Advancement programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of practicing respiratory therapists with an RRT who, having already completed an accredited respiratory care program with an entry into respiratory care professional practice degree wish to obtain advanced training in Respiratory Care (e.g., Associate to Baccalaureate or Baccalaureate to Masters).

Posted

7/15/15

CoARC Announces Two New Scholarships

George G. Burton, MD Student Educational Research Scholarship

Louis Sinopoli, PhD, RRT, FAARC Educational Research Fund

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has established a scholarship through the Lambda Beta Society to support up to $2,000 for educational or accreditation research by a student of a CoARC‐accredited program. Original research, a Master’s Thesis, or Doctoral Dissertation with practical value to the respiratory care profession is acceptable submissions by a candidate. This award consists of $2,000 cash and a certificate of recognition to be awarded at the 2016 AARC Congress (attendance at the awards ceremony is not a requirement for receiving the award). Further details about eligibility, criteria, and the application process will be available soon. For more information on the application process, contact the Lambda Beta Society at 913.895.4610.

 

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has established a scholarship through the Lambda Beta Society to support up to $2,000 for educational or accreditation research by a faculty member (or members) of a CoARC‐accredited program (or programs). Original research with practical value to the respiratory care profession is an acceptable submission by a candidate. Others may submit a complete research proposal for consideration. This award consists of $2,000 cash and certificate of recognition to be awarded at the 2016 AARC Congress (attendance at the awards ceremony is not a requirement for receiving the award). Further details about eligibility, criteria, and the application process will be available soon.

Posted

12/18/14

CoARC Releases the Final Accreditation Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice  

 

The Accreditation Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice have been approved by the Board of Commissioners at its meeting on November 15, 2014 and endorsed by the AARC, ACCP, ATS, and ASA Click here  

Posted

11/18/14

CoARC's Response to California Society for Respiratory Care Petition


Click here to read CoARC's response to the California Society for Respiratory Care Petition.

Posted

5/22/14

Joint Announcement from the AARC, NBRC and CoARC Regarding Policy 13


Click here to read the joint statement on Policy 13.

Posted

12/2/13

CoARC's Statement Regarding AARC PEP Meeting Standard 3.11

 

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) does not endorse any product or service produced or marketed by others to help programs meet any of its Standards.  While preceptor training programs can be an appropriate initial step in a program's efforts to improve inter-rater reliability among individuals who perform student clinical evaluations (Standard 3.11), it does not address confirmation that preceptor training was effective in standardizing student evaluation, the specifics of preceptor retraining and follow-up or the timeline for implementation of these processes. Questions regarding compliance with CoARC Accreditation Standards should be addressed to Tom Smalling, Executive Director at tom@coarc.com / (817) 283-2835 ext. 101.

Posted

8/13/13

CoARC Institutes New Policy on Site Visit Cancellations

 

Click Here to read CoARC's new policy on site visit cancellations.

Posted

10/9/12

CoARC Receives Recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA):

 

 

At its meeting on September 24-25, 2012, the CHEA Board of Directors reviewed the recommendation of the CHEA Committee on Recognition regarding the recognition application submitted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The board of directors accepted the committee’s recommendation and granted recognition to CoARC. 

 

CHEA is a private, non-profit, national organization comprised of over 3,000 degree-granting higher education institutions as well as over 60 regional, institutional, and professional accrediting organizations. It serves as a national voice for voluntary accreditation and quality assurance to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and to the general public, opinion leaders, students, and families.  To achieve recognition by CHEA, organizations must demonstrate compliance with CHEA’s Recognition Standards which include:

  

  Advancing academic quality; 

  Demonstrating accountability;

  Encouraging, where appropriate, self-scrutiny and planning for change and needed improvement;

  Employing appropriate and fair procedures in decision making; 

  Demonstrating ongoing review of accreditation practice; and 

  Possessing sufficient resources.

 

For more information about CHEA and its recognition process, visit www.chea.org.

 

Posted

7/27/12

Click Here to read CoARC's Report on Competency-Based Accreditation Standards

Posted

7/27/12

Click Here to read CoARC's Report on Career Entry Pathways and Academic Progression in Respiratory Care Education

Posted

4/24/12

 

Click Here to read CoARC's response to the AARC’s request for comparing the current accreditation Standards to the competencies outlined in Conference II.

Posted

4/20/2012

Click Here to review the 2011 CoARC Curriculum Information Survey

 

The results provided in this survey do not imply the CoARC’s recommendation or endorsement of such information. Programs are encouraged to use the survey results to guide discussions and policy decisions related to curriculum development and improvement in the context of local, state, regional, and national needs.

Posted

4/2/2012

CoARC Communication on Workforce Needs

 

Click here to read CoARC's communication on "The Accreditation Process and its Impact on the Respiratory Care Workforce." 

 

 


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