Degree Advancement Standards

DA Standards

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is seeking comments from its communities of interest* regarding the proposed 2023 Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care.

The CoARC will review these comments and make recommended revisions to the final draft for review by the Full Board at the November 2022 meeting.

In this survey, you will be asked to comment on each section of Standards rather than on each.  Attached is a copy of the 2nd Draft of the DA Standards with significant changes highlighted.  These changes include: 

  • Standard DA3.6 Standard, Evidence of Compliance, and Interpretive Guidelines
  • Standard DA3.7 Interpretive Guidelines
  • Standard DA3.8 Interpretive Guidelines

The survey can be accessed at:

Comments must be received by CoARC no later than Friday, September 30, 2022.  Interested parties may also provide their comments using this email address:   It is important that these comments specify to which Standard (i.e. 2.04), section of the Standards (i.e. Introduction), or line number the comment relates.  

We greatly appreciate your time and input.

* Communities of interest include all the bodies within the CoARC organizational structure; related bodies or organizations (the AARC, the ACCP, the ASA, the ATS, the ASAHP, the SCCM, and the NBRC; RT educational program representatives (CEOs, deans, program directors, directors of clinical education, 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.


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.


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, Chief Operating Officer
(817) 283-2835 ext. 107

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