Respiratory Therapy Program at OFTC Receives Distinguished Success Award
The Oconee Fall Line Technical College Respiratory Therapy program has been chosen by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care to receive the Distinguished RRT (registered respiratory therapist) Credentialing Success Award at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Summer Forum in late June.
According to CoARC President Brad Leidich, the Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) program is among a select group of programs to receive the recognition. “This award is presented as part of the CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. From a program effectiveness perspective, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations,” he said.
According to the group, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2015 Annual Report of Current Status in selecting programs for this recognition. Programs awarded were required to: have three or more years of outcomes data; hold accreditation without a progress report; document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above; and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for certified respiratory therapist credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement. “The CoARC extends its sincere congratulations to OFTC, its faculty, students, and graduates for meeting these rigorous criteria,” said Leidich.
Dean for Allied Health and Professional Services at OFTC, Tammy Bayto, noted that its respiratory therapy instructors Kelley Braxton and Natalie Smith, “are among our best faculty. They are here to serve students, and their results are powerful. They have had a tremendous influence on the respiratory therapy profession in middle Georgia, and this recognition from CoARC is well deserved. They are one of the top accredited programs in the nation and should be commended for this achievement.”