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Collin College Respiratory Care Program Wins National Award

May 25, 2016 – For the fourth consecutive year, Collin College’s Respiratory Care program received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The award recognizes criteria including positive job placement and credentialing success of 90 percent or above. From a program effectiveness perspective, 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. The programs must also have three or more years of outcomes data and hold accreditation without a progress report.

Last year, Collin College respiratory students had a 100% credentialing success rate for both the Certified and Registered Respiratory Therapist exams. All students secured employment shortly after graduation.  In addition, 33% of last year’s group achieved the Neonatal Pediatric Specialty credential, which required them to pass an additional exam. 

According to Michelle Millen, interim dean of Academic Affairs at the college’s Central Park Campus, respiratory care students receive intensive clinical training.

“An exemplary program, Collin College’s Respiratory Care program also offers students enhanced simulation experiences in the respiratory laboratory housed in the new Health Sciences building,” Millen said.

To learn more about Collin College’s Respiratory Care program, please visit .

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.