JUNE 2021

SJR State respiratory care program receives President’s Award for Excellence in Credentialing Success

respiratory care students

St. Johns River State College’s respiratory care program, based on the St. Augustine campus, has been awarded the 2021 President’s Award for Excellence in Credentialing Success by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), whose primary responsibility is accrediting programs based on their compliance with established accreditation standards. The College’s respiratory care classes are paired with selected clinical courses scheduled in health care facilities within the regional area. 

Recognized among a select group of programs, SJR State received this national recognition as a result of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential as a standard of professional achievement. According to Dean of Allied Health, Holly Coulliette, “Through the years, unwavering commitment and steadfast dedication by faculty striving for the highest standards of excellence has propelled the respiratory care program into an elite group of colleges and universities.”

CoARC President Pat Munzer and Public Relations Committee Chair William Galvin said in a letter to SJR State, “From a program effectiveness perspective, 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. In selecting programs for this recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2020 Annual Report of Current Status (RCS). These programs were required to: (1) have three or more years of outcomes data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 100%, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for TMC high cut score and retention.”

SJR State’s respiratory care program was also commended for its continued commitment to excellence in respiratory care education, and congratulations were extended to the College’s faculty, students and graduates for meeting the rigorous criteria highlighted above.

According to SJR State President Joe Pickens, “While our commitment to provide an exceptional respiratory care program is evident among our students and health care industry partners, this national recognition is a much-deserved honor for our dedicated faculty members who go above and beyond their role as educators.”

SJR State’s Respiratory Care program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to help meet the demands for respiratory therapists in the health care industry. Students are trained in areas such as pediatric care, nursing homes and in hospitals. Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, lung cancer and pneumonia are some of the conditions that require the care of a respiratory therapist. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students are eligible to apply to take the national certification exam for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, which is administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.   

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Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020