External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.
The Respiratory Care Program at Auburn Hills is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, TX 76021; (817) 283-2835; Web address: http://www.coarc.com. Please refer to the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status on the CoARC Web site to view the Programmatic Outcomes Data at http://www.coarc.com/47.html.
Credentialing for Respiratory Care Practitioners is accomplished through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduates must pass the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) entry level to be eligible for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) advanced exams. After passing the RRT examination graduates may seek additional optional respiratory care credentials including CPFT (Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist), RPFT (Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist), NPS (Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist), and AE-C (Asthma Educator Certification). Specific credentials may be required by employers to work in specialty areas (see NBRC at http://www.nbrc.org).
Graduates must be credentialed before applying for state licensure. Students must be 18 years of age to apply for licensure in the state of Michigan. Students may contact the State of MI Board Licensing for Respiratory Care prior to applying for the program to determine other eligibility for state licensure. Some criminal backgrounds may prohibit individuals from obtaining state licensure.