Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care takes into account respiratory care programs and accredits them and colleges who provide them. Find more about the accreditation, and its various processes and possibilities.

Updated by Theres Ann on 21st February 2020

A Special Joint Commission on Inhalation Therapy was formed on May 11, 1954, as a successor to the Board of schools of Inhalation Therapy Technicians. Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education formed was dissolved in 1996 and the successor organization was the committee on accreditation for respiratory care.

On November 12, 2009, the commission for accreditation for respiratory care became a freestanding accreditor of respiratory care programs in 2009. The degree-granting programs in respiratory care have made their programs to line with the accrediting standards of the commission.

It was in 2012 that the CHEA has granted accreditation to the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care.

The mission of the Commission is to ensure the preparation of competent respiratory therapists for all fields including practice, education, research and, service. The vision of the commission is to e recognized as leaders in respiratory care for programs in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. 

The scope of the accreditation lies in providing entry into professional respiratory care practice, aiding the degree advancement programs, accrediting specialty training programs, and more. However, accreditation is limited to the United States and its territories.

The value of programmatic accreditation lies in protecting consumers, advancing and enhancing profession, protection against compromise of educational quality and many more.

Core Values of the organization

A few of the core values that the organization is based upon is as given below.

  • Professionalism - The professionalism of the organization is rooted in integrity and honesty

  • Service - The organization supports the interest of its members

  • Collaborative Leadership - The objectives of the organization's functioning are based on the interests of the cooperating communities

  • Integrity - The organization believes in a fair decision-making process which is consistent.

  • Accountability - The goals and procedures of the community is updated to ensure that the processes are all current

  • Transparency - Innovation, communication, quality improvement, and program favorable approach is promoted by the Coarc

  • Excellence - Quality is maintained by safe and secure respiratory care and allied services.

Goals of Co-arc 

A few of the goals of the organization are as given below.

  • Minimizes the burdens in reporting to the accreditation seeking and granting associations.

  • Accountability on accreditation information is improved.

  • Improve efforts to generate clear, accurate and on-time information.

  • Facilitate orientation, training and professional development.

Awards granted by the Co-arc

A few of the services that were granted by the Co-arc include the following.

  • Bonner Smith outstanding service award

  • Outstanding site visitor award

  • Distinguished RRT credentialing success award

  • Outstanding service award


Scholarships granted by the Co-arc

A few of the scholarships granted by the Co-arc are as given below.

  • FAARC media award

  • MD Scholarship award by the commission on accreditation of respiratory care

  • MD Student Educational Research Scholarship

  • FAARC Faculty Educational Research Scholarship

Collaborating organization of Co-arc

Collaborating organizations play an important role in supporting the standards of the organization. Coarc can function autonomously in all accreditation actions. However, they do not offer any financial support to Coarc. A few of the collaborating organizations of Co-arc include the American association respiratory care, American college of chest physicians, American society of anesthesiologists, and the American thoracic society.

Representative organizations play role in providing a nominee to become a member of the board of commissioners. A few of the representative organizations include the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals, and, the National Network of Health Career Programs for Two-year Colleges.

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Co-arc accredited Institutions

A few of the institutions accredited by the Coarc are as given below.

  • Virginia College

  • Samford University

  • Jacksonville State University

  • University of South Alabama

  • University of Arkansas

  • Loma Linda University


Respiratory programs are accredited by the Co-arc. The quality of a medical professional is in a way related to the accreditation of the program that he has attended. Training on High-quality services is provided in a professional, service-oriented, collaborative, integral, accountable, transparent and excellent manner in a Co-arc accredited program. Hence it is really essential to ensure that the respiratory education programs are offered with quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1.Is accreditation granted by Co-arc for institutions outside the United States?

    No Co-arc accredits institutions located only within the United States.

  • 2.What spectrum of programs are accredited by the Co-arc?

    Co-arc accredits Associate, Baccalaureate, and, graduate degree programs.

  • 3.What are the core values of the Co-arc accreditation?

    Professionalism, service, collaborative leadership, integrity, accountability, transparency, and excellence are the core values of the Co-arc accreditation.

  • 4.Where is the headquarters of Co-Arc?

    The Head-quarters of Co-Arc is Hurst, Texas.

  • 5.Which is the famous lecture series initiated by the Co-arc?

    Dr. H Fred HelmHolz Education Lecture Series was initiated by the Co-arc and became famous for the quality of sessions offered.

  • 6.Do collaborating organizations need to support the Co-arc?

    Though collaborating organisations supports the strategies of the Co-arc, no form of financial aid is provided to the Co-arc.