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Respiratory Care Accreditation Information

Accreditation is a mechanism for assuring academic quality in higher education. The institution that sponsors an accredited Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) respiratory care program is required to have institutional accreditation that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and must have provisions for Title IV Eligibility.

Professional programmatic accreditation means that in addition to the university’s accreditation, a respiratory care program may seek CoARC accreditation which is a voluntary peer review process to evaluate the program’s compliance with CoARC Standards. Program accreditation by CoARC is necessary in order to be eligible for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) professional credentialing examinations.

A graduate is required to have completed an accredited CoARC program in order to be eligible to take the exams. CoARC accredited programs are quality programs that provide professionally required knowledge and skills, and employment marketability. Graduating from a CoARC accredited program offers employers assurance that you have the expected professional knowledge and skills, and have experienced a curriculum that is relevant to today’s health care setting. 

The Ferris State University Main Campus Respiratory Care program has continuing accreditation through March 2024.

The Ferris State University BSRT Completion Program has been granted as of July 16, 2018 Provisional CoARC accreditation.