CVCC Earns Third Respiratory Credentialing Award

For the third year in a row, Catawba Valley Community College’s Respiratory Therapy Program has received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

09/05/2019

Respiratory Therapy Distinguished Credentialing Award 2019

For the third year in a row, Catawba Valley Community College’s Respiratory Therapy Program has received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The award was presented during the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale.

Less than 25 percent of the respiratory therapy programs in the US receive this award.

The award was given as part of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the respiratory therapy credential as a standard of professional achievement. With a focus on program effectiveness, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

“Receiving this prestigious award was a collective effort of our outstanding graduates, dedicated faculty and exceptional clinical instructors,” noted Cathy Bitsche, CVCC’s Program Director for the Respiratory Therapy Program.

When selecting programs for the recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2018 Annual Report of Current Status. These programs are required to:

  • Have three or more years of outcome data;
  • Hold accreditation without a progress report;
  • Document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above, and
  • Meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for certified respiratory therapist credentialing success, attrition, and positive job placement.

“In documenting these goals, we were especially pleased that the CVCC Respiratory Therapy program's RRT credentialing success rate for 2016-2018 is 97 percent,” Bitsche said.

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program at Catawba Valley Community College, please contact Cathy Bitsche, Ed.S., RRT-NPS, RCP, 828-327-7000 ext. 4391, or Jason Elder, BS, RRT,RCP, at (828) 327-7000 Ext. 4083 or visit the College’s website at www.cvcc.edu.

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