POCAHONTAS, AR May 11 — The respiratory care program at Black River Technical College has received continued full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and has met or exceeded all standards.
In a letter to program faculty and staff, Dr. Thomas Smalling, CEO of CoARC, said to, “This is an accomplishment of which you, your staff, and institution should be proud. The Commission commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by your participation in programmatic accreditation.”
Not only are respiratory therapists are frontline healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are instrumental in the delivery of medical care every day and a vital part of the healthcare team.
“We are proud of the hard work and excellent education provided by BRTC Respiratory Care Program Director Jason Linam and Director of Clinical Education Jessica Alphin,” said Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Ramonda House. “Their dedication to the success of the program and the success of their students is to be commended.”
Program accreditation is required of respiratory care collegiate programs. Like respiratory care, nursing, allied health, law enforcement, fire science, and other regulated industries require all educational programs to undergo program accreditation with a directed state or national entity. Not completing an accredited program prohibits students from sitting for licensure exams required for employment in the field.