Call for Comments-DA Standards

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is beginning the process of revising its Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement (DA) Programs in Respiratory Care, which were initially adopted on July 1, 2015.  The CoARC invites all communities of interest* to use the survey link to submit comments or suggested changes/ deletions regarding the Accreditation Standards for Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care which includes Evidence of Compliance, and Interpretive Guidelines.  Your comments will be an essential part of the revision process.

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 Degree Advancement Standards receive final approval.

Comments must be received by CoARC no later than Tuesday, February 15, 2022.  Interested parties may also provide their comments using this email address:   It is important that these comments specify to which Standard (i.e. A1) or section of the Standards (i.e. Introduction) the comment relates.  Updates about the Standards review process will be posted on our web page at

We greatly appreciate your time and input.

*Communities of interest include:
All the bodies within the CoARC organizational structure as well as related organizations (the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Thoracic Society, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the National Board for Respiratory Care); RT educational program representatives (CEOs, Deans, Program Directors, Medical Directors, Site Visitors, and Advisory Committee Members); respiratory therapy educators; practitioners; as well as: consumers, employers, regulators (licensure boards, state higher education commissions), recognition bodies (Council for Higher Education Accreditations), accreditors (regional, national, and specialized accreditors); students; and the public.

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