Welcome To CoARC

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits entry into professional practice programs in respiratory care at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s Degree level in the United States and its territories. The CoARC also accredits polysomnography programs offered by professional respiratory care degree programs in the United States. CoARC’s mission is to ensure that high quality educational programs prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice, education, research, and service.

Report on Accreditation

It provides critical data in the following four areas:

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Descriptive statistics of CoARC programs as of December 31, 2016;
Accreditation actions taken in 2016; and
Aggregated statistics of graduate, enrollment, and outcomes data.

 Programmatic data related to the AARC 2015 and Beyond Project.

The next Report will be published in early 2018.

News and Announcements

New Accreditation Policies went into effect on January 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Revised Entry Standards now Available!Click herefor more information.

Click Here to read CoARC's Revised Communication for Change to Standard 1.01.

Degree Advancement Standards now Available! Click here for more information on the review process, the Standards document, eligibility requirements, and how to apply!

Attrition is Out...Retention is In! Click here for the revised definitions and threshold in effect for January 1, 2017
Click Here to read the article on "The Value of CoARC Accreditation for Degree Advancement Programs in Respiratory Care" written by Joseph Coyle, M.D., FCCP, Senior Lecturer, Boise State University

Accredited Programs Outcomes

Looking for a CoARC accredited program? Click Here to go to the interactive map.

Click Here to go to the interactive map of program outcomes.


Click Here to go to the interactive map for Sleep Disorders Specialist Program Options.



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