COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE

Standards for Accreditation of Degree Advancement Programs

 


STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION OF

DEGREE ADVANCEMENT PROGRAMS IN RESPIRATORY CARE
IN EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2018!


 

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).


ELIGIBILITY

 

To become accredited by the CoARC, degree advancement programs must be established either in accredited postsecondary institutions, by a consortium of which one member must be an accredited postsecondary institution, or in facilities sponsored by the U.S. military (as defined in Standard DA1.1). Sponsors must apply for accreditation as outlined in Section 2 of the CoARC’s Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

All degree advancement students must be graduates of a CoARC-accredited Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice degree program prior to entry into the program.

   

PROGRAM REVIEW

 

Accreditation of degree advancement programs is a voluntary process that requires a comprehensive review of the program relative to these Standards. While the process is voluntary, it provides programs with external validation of their educational offering. Additionally the process offers prospective degree advancement students one means by which they can judge the quality of the educational experience offered by the program.

 

Accreditation decisions are based on the CoARC’s assessment of the information contained in the accreditation application and self-study report, the report of site visit evaluation teams and the annual Report of Current Status, as well as review of reports or documents submitted to the CoARC by the program during each accreditation cycle. To clarify submitted information additional data may be requested at any time during the review process. 


HOW TO APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION

 

Letter of Intent applications (for new sponsors seeking accreditation of a Degree Advancement base program

or

sponsors of existing accredited entry into professional practice  programs seeking an add-on Degree Advancement component) are available.

 

For any inquiries related to this announcement or the review process, please contact Shane Keene, Associate Executive Director,
at shane@coarc.com

 

(817) 283-2835 ext. 107

 

 

 

 


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