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QCC’s Respiratory Care Program Receives Prestigious Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award

June 2021
  • QCC Respiratory Care students in action.
    QCC Respiratory Care students in action.

Quinsigamond Community College’s Respiratory Care Program has received the distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The College has joined a select group of programs that received this national recognition based on a high-level performance of key accreditation metrics. 

“The students of QCC have labored diligently to strive for excellence in this respected profession by earning the highly-desirable, Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. I am thrilled with their success and demonstration of skillfulness in their chosen profession,” said Professor Emerita Karen Kaletski Dufault.

This award is presented as part of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. 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. To earn this prestigious award, programs were required to have three or more years of outcome data, hold accreditation without a progress report, document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and meet or exceed core thresholds for TMC examination high cut score and retention.

The QCC Respiratory Therapy program is the oldest program of its kind in the state.

“This is the first time that this program has achieved this recognition and could not have been done without the leadership of Karen Dufault, who was the previous program coordinator/director, until she retired in 2020,”said Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care, Keith Hirst.

He added that Amy Hogan, current director of clinical education, along with all the current and past clinical instructors, clinical sites, and Advisory Board members, QCC administration, and all the graduates of the program, also played a large role in this award.  

“Over this same time frame we have 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation, as well as 100% employer and graduate satisfaction rates,” Mr. Hirst said.

Visit Respiratory Care to learn more about QCC’s program.