For the fifth year in a row, The Ohio State University Respiratory Therapy Program has been recognized by their accreditation agency, CoARC, as a recipient of their Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. This award is only given to an elite group of programs in the nation, who meet and exceed their rigorous criteria. Currently, only 17% (78 out of 460) of the programs in the country meet the criteria of this award.

CoARC’s mission is to ensure that high quality educational programs prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice, education, research and service. In selecting the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award programs for this recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2016 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 90% or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement.