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OIT respiratory program honored

The Oregon Institute of Technology’s respiratory care program has received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

The honor is based on student success. Programs seeking the recognition were required to provide three or more years of outcomes data, document registered respiratory therapist credentialing success of 90% or above, and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for certified respiratory therapist credentialing success, attrition and job placement.

According to Oregon Tech, its respiratory care program has a three-year average of 98.3% certified respiratory therapist pass rate and 98% registered respiratory therapist pass rate. In addition, 100% of OIT respiratory care graduates are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation and have a median starting salary of $65,000.

“We are honored to see our Respiratory Care program recognized for our success and student outcomes,” said associate professor and program director Sarah Fitzpatrick. “Over the past year, we remained focused on providing a quality education throughout the pandemic. Even with changing course delivery methods, our students and graduates stayed focused and did well on their licensing exams and job placement, and we are very proud of their success.”