Accreditation & Outcomes

Accreditation

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC holds recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CoARC number for our program is 200448. CoARC, P.O. Box 54876, Hurst, TX 76054-4876; 817-283-2835 webmaster@coarc.com  http://www.coarc.com/ 

Mission

The Respiratory Care program of Baptist College of Health Sciences will “prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice, as performed by registered respiratory therapists”. As bachelors of health sciences program, the curriculum “prepares leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization)”. (CoARC, 3.01, 2018)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the respiratory care program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.
  • Demonstrate competence in the interpretation of cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing, basic respiratory care techniques, pulmonary function, radiographic and laboratory studies.
  • Provide basic and advanced respiratory care therapeutics, in a variety of health care settings, with an ability to safely treat and evaluate patients’ response.
  • Appropriately implement a plan for patient and staff education techniques with consideration to culturally competent behaviors and professional domains.
  • Effectively collaborate to provide direction and input into decisions regarding the provision of respiratory care services and resources.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website can be found at https://fortress.maptive.com/ver4/CoARC2017RCSOutcomes.

Credentialing Exam Performance

  • Credentialing exam performance is the percentage of program graduates (not the percentage of those taking the test) earning the NBRC’s CRT credential within one year of graduation.

Job Placement

  • Positive (Job) Placement” is defined as a graduate who within the 12 months after graduation is: (a) Employed utilizing skills within the respiratory care profession as defined by the scope of practice as full time, part-time, or per diem, (b) enrolled full- or part-time in another degree program, or (c) serving in the military.

Attrition Rate

  • Attrition is defined as the percentage of students who enrolled in a respiratory care program and began fundamental (non-survey) respiratory care coursework but left the program. Students who leave the program before the fifteenth calendar day from the beginning of the first term with fundamental respiratory care coursework, and those students transferring to satellites, are not included in program attrition