Left to right: Jamy Chulak, Valencia College program chair and professor, respiratory care; Allen Gustin Jr., Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care president and Loyola University Medical Center professor of anesthesiology; and Kim Harvey, Valencia College clinical coordinator and professor, respiratory care
By Jamy Chulak, Program Chair and Professor, Respiratory Care
The Valencia College Respiratory Care Program was recently recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for achieving a benchmark of credentialing student success that is meaningful to the patient, profession and professors who support their transition into the workforce.
Upon completion of our five-semester program, graduates are assessed by the National Board for Respiratory Care to demonstrate competence through two standardized examinations. First is the Therapist Multiple Choice examination, which must be successfully completed so that the professional credential earned, Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), can be shared with state licensing boards prior to employment. This entry-level requirement is a prerequisite for candidates who attempt the second assessment, Clinical Simulation Examination, to demonstrate competence through a series of clinical case studies to earn a credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
The credentialing outcomes are evaluated annually and averaged over a three-year period. Our graduates have demonstrated success at obtaining the CRT credential at 100% in each of the three-year review periods from 2015-2017.
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care recognized these graduates, and our program, for achieving RRT credential success greater than 90% on Saturday, July 20, 2019. This recognition was presented during the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Summer Forum conference for educators and managers.
This is a distinction we recognize and share with our college and community partners that far exceed the national RRT credentialing pass rate of 56%. We are fortunate to obtain the “cream of the crop” in large part due to the educational preparation of students by faculty within general education. Thank you!
Our community partners extend the academic experience through clinical experiences that help make relevant the content learned in lecture and lab, as students serve patients within our community. The faculty they provide us are instrumental in bridging the gap, where a job becomes a profession.
Respiratory therapy may be considered “healthcare’s best kept secret,” and I want to end that notion. The demand for new respiratory therapists continues to grow along with an earning potential comparable to nursing and other allied health professions.