CoARC Educators Workshops

CoARC 2017 Summer Forum Symposium

Bridging The Gap: An Accreditor's Perspective
Allen Gustin Jr., MD, FCCP - Click Here to view presentation
  • Rising tuition and finite public budgets have ignited debates about innovation in higher education.
  • Focus has dramatically increased on competency based models for student learning in many fields of study.
  • How can training programs best prepare trainees for entry into their profession?
    •  One method:  Competency based assessment/ evaluation.
  • Accreditation organizations for healthcare associated professions have been tasked by policy makers and the public to improve the quality of patient care, to achieve the highest standards of patient safety, and to adapt to the ever-changing health care environment.
    •  Competency assessment/evaluation has been adopted.
    • The milestone has become the cornerstone of the competency assessment/evaluation process.
Bridging The Gap: A Manager's Perspective
Kenneth Winn, MHA, RRT - Click Here to view presentation
The Nuts and Bolts:
  • Gratitude
  • Capacity to Let Go
  • Refuse to be defined by limitations
  • Passion to improve
  • Take Responsibility

CoARC 2016 Summer Forum Symposium

Use of Curriculum Mapping in Program Assessment and Evaluation
Pat Munzer DHSc RRT FAARC - Click Here to view presentation
A successful tool that programs may use to evaluate the integration of the competencies and the curriculum as a whole is a curriculum map. Curriculum mapping is generally used to evaluate an existing curriculum or to create a new curriculum. Curriculum maps also provide programs with a tool to facilitate continuous curricular evaluation and identify potential areas for improvement.

Developing and Applying Rubrics to Improve Student Performance
Christine Hamilton DHSc RRT FAARC - Click Here to view presentation
Rubrics give a roadmap to students on how to meet the instructor’s (and programmatic) expectations. By developing rubrics, standards of performance are delineated giving students a clear picture of how to succeed. This presentation will describe the steps in developing a detailed rubric and will invite participants to develop a sample rubric.

Evaluating Student Competencies - Lessons Learned from the Medical Profession
Allen Gustin Jr., MD, FCCP - Click Here to view presentation
Calls by the public and policymakers for increased transparency and accountability as well as heightened consumerism have all influenced the shift to a competency-centered, outcomes-based approach to accreditation and the emphasis for accreditors to focus their standards on assessing the degree to which the professions are creating a skilled, competent, and globally competitive workforce. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) began its general competency and outcome initiative in 1998. This initiative, called the Outcome Project, requires that U.S. graduate medical education programs foster resident physicians’ development of competencies in six domains and collect performance data that reliably and accurately depicts residents’ ability to care for patients and to work effectively in health care delivery systems. This presentation will describe the successes and challenges that medical education faced in implementing this reform and the lessons that can be learned by the respiratory care profession.
Developing a Plan of Action Based on Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Exam Results

Shane Keene DHSC RRT-NPS CPFT RPSGT FAARC - Click Here to view presentation
This presentation is designed to help faculty understand the NBRC school summary outcomes data and facilitate a working action plan to improve areas where deficiencies may exist.

CoARC 2015 Summer Forum Symposium

Succession Planning for Key Program Personnel


Bradley A Leidich MSEd RRT FAARC, Grantville PA - Click Here to view presentation

Robert P DeLorme MEd RRT-NPS, Lawrenceville GA

The AARC Human Resource Survey identified a large number of practitioners and educators who will be retiring over the next several years.  These findings support the need for programs to recruit, evaluate, and select qualified candidates for key personnel positions, and facilitate their transition.  The speakers will describe the components of an effective succession plan and also share their experience in managing such transitions in their programs.



Articulation Agreements

Shane Keene DHSC RRT-NPS CPFT RPSGT FAARC, Cincinnati OH - Click Here to view presentation

Opportunities for practicing therapists to earn advanced educational credentials are essential to moving the profession forward.  The speaker will describe the key components of successful articulation agreements, how to address potential obstacles, and identify various models currently in practice.

Inter-Professional Education

Pat Munzer DHSc RRT FAARC, Topeka KS - Click Here to view presentation

The speaker will describe the value of Inter-professional Education and the benefits to students and institutions, with the objective of cultivating collaborative practice for providing more patient-centered care.  Various models for facilitating this process will be described, along with the opportunities and obstacles of each model.


Next Steps in Developing the Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT)
Charles Cowles, MD, MBA - Click Here to view presentation.
Update on Standards for Degree Advancement Programs
Tom Smalling, PhD, RRT, RPFT, RPSGT, FAARC - Click Here to view presentation.
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CoARC 2014 Summer Forum Symposium

Update on the 2015 CoARC Standards for Entry into Respiratory Care Professional Practice

Allen N. Gustin Jr., MD, FCCP - Click here to view presentation.

Attendees will be provided with an update of the proposed new accreditation standards for entry into practice and its implications for programs and the profession. Strategies for implementing programmatic changes to address compliance with the new standards will also be discussed. 

Update on Post-Professional Education (Degree Completion and Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT)

Kathy Rye, EdD, RRT, FAARC - Click here to view presentation.

The presenter will (1) describe CoARC activities regarding development of standards for Degree Advancement Programs and Advanced Practice for Respiratory Therapists, (2) describe advantages for seeking voluntary accreditation for Degree Advancement Programs, and (3) discuss the implications of advanced practice on national credentialing and state licensure.


Evaluating Student Competencies

Allen N. Gustin, Jr, MD, FCCP - Click Here to view presentation.

The presenter will (1) describe methodology for identifying essential student competencies, (2) describe methods for evaluating student achievement of these competencies, and (3) identify the key components for training clinical preceptors to evaluate student achievement of these competencies.

Common Triggers for Progress Reports and Possible Solutions

Bob DeLorme, EdS, RRT-NPS - Click here to view presentation.

The presenter will (1) list deficiencies in program outcomes that commonly require a progress report, (2) describe CoARC standardized progress reports, and (3) describe successful strategies for submitting an acceptable progress report.



CoARC Summer Forum Symposium:  New Horizons in Respiratory Care Education

Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist Update


David Shelledy, PhD, RRT, FAARC - Click here to view presentation.

The presenter will (1) Describe the potential role of an Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist (APRT), (2) Discuss possible educational programs to prepare the APRT, and (3) Discuss the implications of advanced practice on national credentialing and state licensure.


Managing Your Clinical Sites


Kathy J. Rye, EdD, RRT, FAARC - Click here to view presentation.

This presenter will (1) Describe strategies for identifying clinical sites that enhance student experiences, (2) Describe various models for precepting students in the clinical setting, and (3) Discuss ways to maintain positive relationships with the program's clinical sites.


Degree Ladders:  Opportunities for Practitioners


Pat Munzer, DHSc, RRT, FAARC - Click here to view presentation.

The presenter will (1) Describe various pathways for graduates of associate degree programs to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees, (2) Discribe various models of articulation agreements which provide opportunities for practitioners to earn additional degrees, and (3) Identify potential barriers which may prevent practitioners from earning additional degrees and possible resources to remove such barriers.


Update on Revisions to the CoARC Standards for the Profession of Respiratory Care


Allen N. Gustin, Jr., MD, FCCP - Click here to view presentation.

This presenter will describe the process for revision of the CoARC Standards and present proposed changes to the Standards.  Attendees will be provided with an overview of the proposed new accreditation Standards and its implications for programs and the profession.  The presenter will focus on the most significant differences between the current and new Standards.  Strategies for implementing programmatic changes to address compliance with the new Standards will also be discussed.  Time will be allotted for questions and comments from members of the audience.

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