FSW Respiratory Care Program Earns National Credentialing Success Award

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) has awarded Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Respiratory Care program the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success award for the fourth consecutive year.


To receive the award, programs were required to have three or more years of outcomes data; hold accreditation without a progress report; document Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialing success of 90% or above; and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialing success, attrition and positive job placement.


“We take great pride in the fact that we have earned this honor for the fourth time,” said Jean Newberry, program director, FSW Respiratory Care. “Our students work very hard throughout the program, and their efforts, along with the dedication of our faculty, clinical associates and clinical facilities have made this all possible. It is an honor to be associated with this program.”


The program will be recognized in July during the annual CoARC conference in San Antonio, Texas.


The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care is one of seventeen career options offered in the FSW School of Health Professions.


About CoARC: The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits entry into professional practice programs in respiratory care at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s Degree level in the United States. The CoARC also accredits polysomnography programs offered by professional respiratory care degree programs in the United States. CoARC’s mission is to ensure that high quality educational programs prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice, education, research, and service. – http://www.coarc.com




Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.

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