Collin College’s Respiratory Care Program has been recognized with the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for the third year in a row. The award is just one of several indicators of the strength of the college’s health sciences programs.

Collin College is one of just six programs from the state of Texas to receive the RRT credentialing honor. Only 62 of the nation’s 438 programs achieved the distinction.

CoARC presents the award to programs that document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialing success, attrition and positive job placement. The programs must also have three or more years of outcomes data and hold accreditation without a progress report.

“The team of faculty, staff and students, under the leadership of Director Araceli Solis, are to be congratulated for this outstanding achievement and for their commitment to standards of excellence,” said Dr. Sherry Schumann, vice president and provost at the Central Park Campus.To continue to receive this honor solidifies the Collin College Respiratory Care program as a leader in quality education for the respiratory care field.”

Last year, Collin College respiratory students had a 100% credentialing success rate for both the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam and the RRT exam. They also had a 94 percent job placement rate.

“To receive this award three years in a row speaks volumes on what a great team we have,” Respiratory Care Program Director Araceli Solis said. “Our outstanding instructors provide quality education to students who go above and beyond to achieve success.”

The college’s other health sciences programs’ pass rates also remain exceptionally high.

With a pass rate of 92 percent, Surgical Technology qualifies for its third Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Polysomnographic Technology had a 100 percent pass rate and Dental Hygiene had a 100 percent pass rate for its 2015 board exams. The college’s EMT-Paramedic pass rate was also 92 percent.