Respiratory Therapy Program Recognized as Credential Success by CoARC

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) recently selected the Respiratory Therapy Program at Stanly Community College (SCC) to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. The award is presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential as a standard of professional achievement. 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.

“We are extremely proud of our faculty, staff, and students in our Respiratory Therapy program,” said Dr. John Enamait, President, Stanly Community College. “The hard work and dedication these individuals place in their instruction and coursework should be commended and we are very honored to have all of them on our team.”.

Tina Harper, M.A.Ed., RRT-NPS, RCP, and Program Director for the Respiratory Therapy Program at Stanly Community College, stated, “I am so pleased that we have been selected to receive this award. It is only possible due to the culmination of a supportive administration, committed faculty, dedicated clinical instructors, and very hard working students.”

In selecting programs for this recognition, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics. These programs were required to: (1) have three or more years of outcomes data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, retention, and on-time graduation rate.

SCC’s Respiratory Therapy program will receive the award during the CoARC reception on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy Program at Stanly Community College, please contact Tina Harper, at (704) 991-0268 or or visit the College’s website at