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Mission Statement

The mission of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is to ensure that high quality educational programs prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice, education, research, and service.

Vision Statement

By 2020 the CoARC will be recognized as the leader in advancing respiratory care education across the spectrum of programs offered (e.g. associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs).


The CoARC accredits entry into professional practice programs in respiratory care at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s Degree level and degree advancement programs in respiratory care at the Baccalaureate, and Master’s Degree levels as well as degree advancement programs in respiratory care at the Baccalaureate undergraduate and graduate Degree levels. The CoARC also accredits specialty training in polysom offered by these programs. CoARC accreditation activities are limited to programs in the United States and its territories.


Protects consumers, advances and enhances the profession, and protects against compromise of educational quality.


Professionalism – CoARC operates with integrity and honesty.

Service – CoARC is supportive of and responsive to the needs of its communities of interest.

Collaborative Leadership – CoARC objectives are determined after collegial and meaningful dialogue with its communities of interest.

Integrity – CoARC is committed to consistency and fairness in its decision-making processes.

Accountability – CoARC works with all its communities of interest to ensure that its goals and processes are current and applicable to all aspects of the profession.

Transparency – CoARC promotes openness to innovation, communication, continuous quality improvement, and best practices both for its own activities and those of its accredited programs.

Excellence – CoARC promotes the highest quality to ensure the provision of safe and effective respiratory care and provision of safe and effective respiratory care services.

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