Gwinnett Tech's Respiratory Care Program Receives Credentialing Success Award

April 22, 2014

Gwinnett Tech's Respiratory Care Program Receives Credentialing Success Award
GTC Program is Among Nation's Elite with Third Award in Three Years

Gwinnett Technical College's Respiratory Care program has received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), an honor earned only by a select group of programs across the country.

In order to receive this recognition, the program was required to have three or more years of outcomes data, have earned accreditation, and have students earning a 90 percent or better on their Registry (RRT) Exams, contributing to success and positive job placement.  For the last four consecutive years, Gwinnett Tech students have earned a 100 percent pass rate on their Registry Exams.

 "We are so gratified to have earned this distinction for the third time in as many years. To be recognized with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award underscores the enduring excellence of our program and the shared commitment among faculty and our students to provide outstanding patient care," said Bob DeLorme, program director of the Respiratory Care program.

DeLorme commended faculty members Larry Arnson, Kiley Hodge, Nadya Khoja and Megha Patel for their work with students. "All of our faculty members are committed to providing exemplary respiratory care education and training for our students."

Gwinnett Tech's Respiratory Care program prepares graduates to obtain jobs as respiratory therapists, who care for and assist patients that struggle with breathing difficulties. Classes focus on the areas of pulmonary and cardiac pharmacology, advanced critical care monitoring, mechanical ventilation, pulmonary function testing, neonatal pediatric respiratory care and more. GTC offers an associate degree in Respiratory Care.

Students graduating from the Respiratory Care program may become certified by taking the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Upon successful completion of the Certification (CRT) Exam, the student is eligible to take both parts of the Registry (RRT) Exams. To work in the state of Georgia, all respiratory care practitioners must apply and be granted a license.

Now the state's second largest technical college, Gwinnett Tech serves more than 20,000 students annually in college credit, adult education and continuing education courses. GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

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