Advanced Practice Standards


CoARC Continues Review Process for the Advanced Practice Standards

September 15, 2021

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is seeking comments from its communities of interest[1] regarding the first draft of the proposed 2022 Accreditation Standards for Advanced Respiratory Care Professional Practice.  

The Degree Advancement Committee will review these comments and the revision of the Standards will be an ongoing item on the CoARC meeting agendas until the 2022 Standards receive final approval.  After the second draft of these Standards is completed, there will be a call for additional public comment.

Interested parties are asked to provide their comments and contact information using this email address: Interested parties can also provide comments by completing the following survey: Updates about the Standards review process will continue to be posted on this web page:

Questions about the process for submitting comments and suggestions should be addressed to Tammy Alsup, Events and Accreditation Services Specialist, at

The survey is quite long, but you will have the option to save, exit, re-enter, and change answers until the deadline of September 15, 2021.

We greatly appreciate your time and input.

CoARC APRT Standards second draft for public-marked with changes

CoARC APRT Standards second draft for public-clean copy-comments due by 9.15.21

[1] Communities of interest include all the bodies within the CoARC organizational structure; related bodies or organizations (the AARC, CHEST, the ASA, the ATS, the ASAHP, the NN2, and the NBRC; RT educational program representatives (CEOs, deans, program directors, medical directors, site visitors, and advisory committee members); respiratory therapy educators; practitioners; consumers; employers; regulators (licensure boards, state higher education commissions); recognition bodies (Council for Higher Education Accreditation); accreditors (regional, national, and specialized accreditors); the accrediting membership organization (Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors); students; and the public at large.  CoARC reviews the data collected (validity, ease of interpretation, potential issues, positives and negatives regarding drafts of the revised Standards) from all evaluation instruments and feedback from communities of interest.

Background: The Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT) is a credentialed, licensed respiratory care practitioner trained to provide a scope of practice that exceeds that of the registered respiratory therapist. After obtaining the NBRC RRT credential, the aspiring APRT must successfully complete a CoARC-accredited graduate level education and training program that enables the APRT to provide advanced, evidence-based, diagnostic and therapeutic clinical practice and disease management.

As part of a physician-led team, APRTs are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, critical care and preventive care services in multiple settings across the health care spectrum including acute (emergency department [ED] or urgent care) and critical care, sub-acute, in-patient and preventative care, as well as chronic care, ambulatory, and out-patient care. They take medical histories and record progress notes; examine, treat, and counsel patients; order and interpret laboratory tests, imaging studies, and diagnostics; and provide acute, critical, and chronic care to patients. The value and importance of maintaining the physician-therapist relationship that has benefitted patients with cardiopulmonary disease for many decades is preserved by having APRTs practice under the leadership of a physician.

Additional questions about the APRT Standards should be sent to the Chief Operating Officer, Shane Keene, at

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