Charles Cornfield, RRT, assistant professor and director, respiratory care program, recently received the good news from CoARC, which noted that Gannon met or exceeded all thresholds for the various criteria - termed "outcome measures" - used to evaluate the program.
CoARC, for example, assesses programs based upon factors like students' pass rates for required certification exams, students' job placement rates following graduation, students' performance in their jobs, and students' ratings of the program.
CoARC stands ready and willing to withdraw accreditation of programs that do not meet their "threshold levels of success."
But CoARC developed its own ideas as to what constitutes a successful program.
Working in concert with the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), CoARC instituted the requirement that graduates must earn the RRT credential in order for programs to meet a threshold level of success.
The professional membership society (The American Association for Respiratory Care: AARC), the school accreditation organization (The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care: CoARC
), and the credentialing organization (The NBRC).
In May a letter was sent to the Committee for Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC
) requesting voluntary withdrawal of program accreditation.