Respiratory Therapy Program Receives Award

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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The Casper College Respiratory Therapy program, for the fourth year in a row, has been chosen by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care to receive the Distinguished RRT (registered respiratory therapist) Credentialing Success Award at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Summer Forum in July.

According to CoARC President Allen Gustin Jr. M.D., the Casper College program is among a select group of programs to receive the recognition. “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,” Gustin said.

According to Gustin, “ … the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2018 Annual Report of Current Status in selecting programs for the recognition.” Programs awarded were required to have three or more years of outcomes data, hold accreditation without a progress report, document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for certified respiratory therapist credentialing success, retention, and on-time graduation rate.

“It’s easy to take for granted this award considering it’s the fourth of its kind in four straight years. The truth is, this recognition is difficult to obtain, putting our program in the top of its class nationally. I am proud of our program and its excellent instructors, teaching adjuncts, and clinical preceptors who make this program better and better each year,” said Doug Neubert, Casper College Respiratory Therapy Program director.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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