SCC Earns CoARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award

Pictured from left to right: CoARC Accreditation site visitors Esther Perrelli Brookes and Dr. Ian Gilmour, Tina Harper, and Amy Witschey, Director of Clinical Education, SCC.

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Stanly Community College (SCC) Respiratory Therapy Program has received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The award was presented during the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum awards ceremony on July 17, in San Antonio, Texas.

The award was given as part of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. With a focus on program effectiveness, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

“Receiving this prestigious award was a collective effort of our dedicated faculty and exceptional clinical instructors,” noted Tina Harper, SCC’s Program Director for the Respiratory Therapy Program.

When selecting programs for the recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2017 Annual Report of Current Status. These programs are required to: (1) have three or more years of outcome data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for certified respiratory therapist credentialing success, attrition, and positive job placement.

“In documenting these goals, we were especially pleased that the SCC Respiratory Therapy program’s RRT credentialing success rate for 2015-2017 is 98 percent,” Ms. Harper commented.

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program at Stanly Community College, please contact Tina Harper, M.A. Ed., RRT-RCP, at (704) 991-0268 or visit the College’s website at

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