FSW Respiratory Care Program Earns National Award for Third Year

May 22, 2017

MAY 22, 2017 – FORT MYERS, FLA – For the third consecutive year, Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Respiratory Care program has received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care is one of seventeen career options offered in the FSW School of Health Professions.

To receive the award, programs were required to have three or more years of outcomes data; hold accreditation without a progress report; document Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialing success of 90% or above; and meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialing success, attrition and positive job placement.

“Receiving the award for the third year in a row is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our program faculty, clinical associates and clinical sites,” said Jean Newberry, program director, FSW Respiratory Care.

About CoARC: The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits entry into professional practice programs in respiratory care at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s Degree level in the United States. The CoARC also accredits polysomnography programs offered by professional respiratory care degree programs in the United States. CoARC’s mission is to ensure that high quality educational programs prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice, education, research, and service. - http://www.coarc.com


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.