The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) at its November 27 meeting, voted to confer Continuing Accreditation to the Respiratory Therapy program at St. Augustine College.
The November-2016 accreditation review conducted by CoARC recognizes the Program’s commitment towards compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards. The next comprehensive evaluation of the Program and an On-site review is scheduled to occur no later than 2027. You can see the attached Program’s Accreditation certificate.
Respiratory Therapy graduates earn $ 64,000 a year on average
According to the most recent data on Salary.com, the average salary of a Registered Respiratory Therapist (CRT) is $64,092. The salary ranges from $58,240 to $69,686, and varies depending on the workplace and other factors.
According to the statistics of the N.B.R.C. (National Board of Respiratory Care), which administers the RRT licensure exam, 90-100% of St. Augustine College graduates are licensed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and are able to obtain employment. That is a pride for St. Augustine College and an assurance that our graduates can easily obtain employment in this area of the health field. The Respiratory Therapy Program at St. Augustine College is certified by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
St. Augustine College is one of only two institutions in Chicago that offer the Associate Degree in Applied Science of Respiratory Therapy. We are the only institution that also offers the opportunity to start the program without knowing English. In addition, per the prestigious website GradReports.com, St. Augustine College has a 100% acceptance rate. We are a regionally accredited institution and we have a high percentage of graduates.
Respiratory Therapy at SAC
The Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Respiratory Therapy is designed for students aspiring to work as respiratory therapists in hospitals, home-care and other healthcare environments. The program will prepare students to become respiratory therapists capable of providing specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in areas such as pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas analysis, medical gas administration, humidity and aerosol therapy, airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and ventilatory support of neonatal/pediatric and adult populations.
The advanced-practice respiratory therapist program is a 74 credit hours program comprised of 6 semesters.
Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree and are eligible to take the registry examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T). The Respiratory Therapy program at St. Augustine College holds continuing accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care – CoARC. (www.coarc.com)
BY EDUARDO ALEGRIA
ENGLISH VERSION EDITED BY ALEJANDRO RIERA