MCC’s Respiratory Care Program Receives RRT Credentialing Success Award for a Fourth Year

MANCHESTER, Conn.  (July 7, 2020) – Manchester Community College has again been recognized with the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The award recognizes MCC’s superb pass rate on the RRT credentialing exam, which was 100 percent last year. The college’s program has previously been recognized by CoARC in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

MCC’s program also boasts solid job placement after certification. There were 14 graduates last year, with 100 percent landing jobs, at Hartford Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, Baystate Medical Center, the Hospital of Central Connecticut and St. Anthony’s Hospital in St.. Petersburgh, Fla. MCC’s Class of 2020 included seven respiratory care graduates, all of whom already have positions at Hartford Hospital, Yale New Haven, the Hospital of Central Connecticut and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The CoARC Board uses objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics documented in the 2019 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.

About the Respiratory Care Program

MCC’s respiratory care program offers a two-year associate in science degree designed to meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The program offers students a combination of strong classroom preparation and rigorous clinical experience in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Graduates of this program are trained to care for patients with heart and lung diseases.