OFTC Respiratory Care Program Receives National Award

For the second year in a row, Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Respiratory Care Program will receive a Distinguished Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) at the 2017 Summer Forum held in Tucson, Ariz., this June.

In 2016, there were over 400 Respiratory Programs in the country and only 14 in the state of Georgia, including OFTC.

“OFTC has a proven track record that has been recognized by a national credentialing agency for graduating quality Respiratory Care professionals,” shared Tammy Bayto, Dean of OFTC’s Allied Health Programs. “Our faculty do an awesome job preparing students not only for post-graduation licensure, but also for successful employment as a competent healthcare provider.”

The award is given based on several criteria including: outcomes data, RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and meeting or exceeding established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement.

“We prepare the students for credentialing exams by using simulation assignments every semester for most of the classes,” said Kelley Braxton, Clinical Coordinator for the college’s Respiratory Care Program. “Kettering Seminars is nationally known for various programs with helpful study guides and classes to improve test scores. Our students have access to this and also take mock board exams on a weekly basis.”

OFTC’s dedicated efforts have clearly paid off for both the students and the college. “OFTC’s Respiratory Therapy program graduates have scored above the national mean for the RRT credentialing exam and the Therapist Multiple Choice examination,” Braxton said, “and our job placement is currently at 100%.”

And with instructors who have a combined total of 32 years’ experience in the Respiratory field, it’s no wonder the program is succeeding. “They are among the best respiratory educators in the state,” Bayto said. “They’ve worked diligently to obtain this national award and if you check the pass rates and placement for other colleges surrounding us, you’ll find that OFTC outperforms them all!”

For more info about OFTC’s Respiratory Care Program, visit OFTC.edu.