Respiratory Care Program Reaccredited

Posted: June 8, 2012

Gannon University’s respiratory care program has been reaccredited for 10 years, the maximum term possible, by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

“The reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care is a strong vote of confidence in the state of the program,” said Charles Cornfield, assistant professor, respiratory care, and director of the program. “We are pleased to have been awarded the maximum reaccreditation possible.”

In terms of its assessment of programs, CoARC uses a number of criteria, including the first-time pass rate of graduates sitting for credentialing exams. Gannon’s most recent class of respiratory care graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam.

Other benchmarks include the job placement rate of both bachelor’s and associate degree recipients and the year-to-year retention rate of students in the program. Gannon’s respiratory care program had a 100 percent job placement and retention rate.

CoARC also takes into account the ability of the institution to provide sufficient fiscal, academic and physical resources for the program to meet its stated objectives. In addition, the program must have appropriately qualified faculty, clinical preceptors and technical support staff, and the curriculum must prepare students to meet recognized competencies for registered respiratory therapists. 

More about Gannon University’s program in respiratory care 

Gannon’s program includes an associate degree option and a bachelor of science degree program. The associate degree program is structured to provide students with a solid foundation in respiratory care. The bachelor’s degree program includes instruction in the adult critical care environment and allows students to specialize in their area of choice.

As part of the program, Gannon University offers a certificate in Polysomnography, the study of the biophysiological changes that occur during sleep.

The program also benefits from strong community support and affiliation agreements. Gannon has longstanding, strategic partnerships with local and regional healthcare providers, to include UPMC Hamot, Saint Vincent Health System, Select Specialty Hospital – Erie, Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y.

Gannon is a Catholic, Diocesan University offering nearly 100 degree programs, including doctoral programs in physical therapy and organizational learning and leadership. For the eighth consecutive year, Gannon University is ranked as a top-tier university in U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Gannon enrolls more than 4,000 academically talented students.

For more information on Gannon’s respiratory care program, call 814-871-5637 or 814-871-5638. To learn more about the University, visit