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Respiratory Therapy Program Receives Provisional Accreditation
Marywood University News
Marywood University News
April 09, 2020

Marywood University’s Respiratory Therapy Program was recently notified that its bachelor of science degree in Respiratory Therapy has been provisionally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). In the letter to Marywood University, CoARC states, “Under the authority of this Provisional Accreditation, the Program is allowed to admit its first class of students.”  

Under Provisional Accreditation, the students subsequently admitted to and graduated from Marywood’s Respiratory Program will be recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as being eligible to sit for the appropriate credentialing examination(s), if all other requirements for admission to the examination(s) are met by the graduate.

Thomas Smalling Ph.D., RRT, RRT-SDS, RPFT, RPSGT, FAARC, chief executive officer for CoARC, said, “CoARC commends you and your colleagues for your commitment to quality respiratory care education, demonstrated by your participation in programmatic accreditation.”

Joy Hughes, founding director of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Marywood University, said, “Health professions are growing and in demand more than ever. Respiratory therapy is a fast-growing, fast-paced, and diverse profession.”

Employment numbers for respiratory therapists have been increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 27,900 respiratory therapist jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 21 percent.

Respiratory therapists have traditionally held a two-year degree before beginning to practice, however, the profession is moving toward a four-year degree requirement for new practitioners. Marywood’s new bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy is leading the way to meet the profession’s new educational standards. As the only four-year Respiratory Therapy program in the region, Marywood’s Respiratory Therapy Program also offers a degree completion program for those who already hold an associate degree in the field, in addition to the four-year degree base program.

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program at Marywood University, call Marywood University Admissions, at (570) 348-6234, or email dayone@marywood.edu.

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