Degree Advancement Standards
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 (updated 4.20).
These Standards have been endorsed by the AARC, CHEST, ATS, and ASA.
Degree Advancement programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of practicing respiratory therapists with an RRT who wish to obtain advanced training in Respiratory Care (e.g., Associate to Baccalaureate or Baccalaureate to Masters).
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.
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 a 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.