Entry into Practice Standards

Accreditation Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice (click here)

Effective 1/1/18 (updated 12/19)

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Draft Survey Comments for Proposed 2020 Standards

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is seeking comments from its communities of interest* regarding the proposed 2020 Accreditation Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice.

The Policies/Standards/Bylaws Committee will review these comments and the revision of the Standards will be an ongoing item on the CoARC meeting agendas until the 2020 Standards receive final approval.  After the second draft of these Standards is completed, there will be a call for additional public comment.

Comments must be received by CoARC no later than Wednesday, May 15, 2019; click here to enter SurveyMonkey to provide your comments.  Interested parties can also provide their comments using this email address: shelley@coarc.com.   It is important that these comments specify to which Standard (i.e. 2.04) 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 http://www.coarc.com/Accreditation/Entry-into-Practice.aspx.
*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 NN2, and the NBRC; RT educational program representatives (CEOs, deans, program directors and dce’s, 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.

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Qualifications for minimum degree from an Educational Sponsor in Standard 1.01 (Institutional Accreditation)
For more information concerning this announcement, please contact Tom Smalling, Chief Executive Officer at tom@coarc.com or (631) 912-7920.

(Changes to Standard 1.01 as of January 1, 2018)

What effect would the change have on existing accredited associate degree programs?
Existing associate degree programs will be able to participate in the accreditation process provided that they continue to comply with CoARC Standards and Policies. Programs with citations will still be allowed to continue.  

My sponsoring institution has submitted a Letter of Intent application for an associate degree program.  How will this change impact us?
There will be no impact on your application.  The process for seeking an Approval of Intent remains the same.
How many applications for new associate degree programs have there been in recent years?

In 2012, there were two Letter of Intent applications submitted by sponsoring institutions limited to granting an Associate degree.  From 2012-15, there have been two applications submitted by such institutions; two applications for associate degree programs were submitted by sponsoring institutions able to grant a baccalaureate or higher degree.
What if my institution submits a Letter of Intent application after January 1, 2018? Will we still receive accreditation?
No.  All sponsoring institutions seeking accreditation of an associate degree program must submit a Letter of Intent application on or before December 31, 2017. After that date, the CoARC will no longer accept applications for new associate degre programs. 
What happens if my associate degree program withdraws after January 1, 2018 and we subsequently seek reaccreditation?
In the reaccreditation process, applicant programs are considered to be new programs and must therefore comply with current, applicable Standards. Accordingly, after January 1, 2018, for such an application to be considered, the program sponsor would need to be capable of awarding a baccalaureate or graduate degree upon program completion.
Will this proposed change have any impact on CoARC’s plans to establish a threshold for the higher cut score on the NBRC TMC exam?
No.  Compliance with this new threshold will be required starting with the annual reports due on July 1, 2018.

Questions about the Standards and its review process should be sent to the Executive Director at tom@coarc.com.

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