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Respiratory Care Program Effectiveness Outcomes

Board Pass Rates

Graduates of the respiratory care program (RC) are candidates eligible to earn the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credential for registered respiratory therapist (RRT).  Currently, to earn the RRT credential, candidates must successfully complete a total of three national board examinations. To enter the profession as a practicing respiratory therapist, candidates must successfully complete the NBRC examination for certified respiratory therapist (CRT). The pass rate for earned credentials for Baptist College graduates consistently meets or exceeds the national pass rates.

 

Graduation Year

Number of Graduates

First-Time Pass Rates

% Awarded CRT

% Awarded RRT

2012

7

86%

100%

71%

2011

2

100%

100%

100%

2010

2

100%

100%

100%

2009

9

90%

100%

78%

2008

8

50%

100%

86%

5-Year Total

28

85%

100%

87%

 

Job Placement
Graduates of the respiratory care program have consistent success in securing job placement. Upon obtaining entry-level credentials from the NBRC, graduates are eligible for state licensure; both are required for employment in the US (with exception of the state of Alaska).  

The Baptist College respiratory care program (RC) has an average placement rate of 95 percent in respiratory care within 12 months after graduation over the last five-year period.

Graduation Year

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Job Placement  Rate

88%

100%

100%

100%

88%

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the accrediting agency for the Baptist College of Health Science (Baptist College) respiratory care program, defines “job placement” as:

A graduate who within 12 months after graduation is:

  • employed utilizing skills as defined by the scope of practice within the respiratory care profession (i.e., full-time or part-time, or per diem), or
  • enrolled full-time or part-time in another degree program, or
  • serving in the military.

CoARC requires that the accredited programs maintain a 70 percent positive placement within a three-year period.

Employer Satisfaction
Employers of Baptist College RC graduates have the opportunity to evaluate the performance of graduates six to 12 months after their graduation. Performance ratings are based on graduates’ knowledge base, clinical proficiency, and behavioral skills. Employers completing the Employer Survey have consistently rated Baptist College RC graduates as “excellent.” 

Retention Rates

Beginning Academic Term

Number of Students

Number of Graduates

Retention Rate

Fall 2013

8

4

50%

Fall 2012

9

7

78%

Fall 2011

7

2

29%

Fall 2010

4

2

50%

Fall 2009

14

9

64%

5-Year Total

42

24

57%

The percentage of students within the RC program who fail to progress through the professional program curriculum because of academic or non-academic reasons is reported annually to CoARC. CoARC requires that within a three-year period programs graduate not less than 60 percent of the students in an enrollment co-hort. This threshold accounts for students having enrolled in the professional course requirements only. CoARC defines:

  • An “academic reason” as: failure to meet grades or other programmatic competencies (e.g. ethics, professionalism, behavioral) or another violation of an academic policy that results in a student’s expulsion from the program.
  • A “non-academic reason” as: withdrawal due to financial hardship, medical, family, deployment, changing course of study, relocation, or reasons other than those defined in academic.