The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the national testing agency for respiratory care practitioners. Respiratory care programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Outcomes data from 2011 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: www.coarc.com/47.html.
All states, except Alaska, require respiratory therapists to hold a state license to practice. To receive a state license, you must successfully complete the Entry Level Certification (CRT) Examination for respiratory therapists as administered by the The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). For more information, go to www.nbrc.org.
The respiratory care licensure in Illinois is administered by the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation and is based on successful completion of the NBRC examinations. For more information, go to www.idfpr.com.
The Illinois Division of Professional Regulation also requires that respiratory care licensure applicants be graduates of Respiratory Care programs that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care(CoARC).
The respiratory care program at the College of Health Sciences at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois holds a Letter of Review from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. This letter of review assures that all students who complete the program are eligible for the examinations given by the NBRC and state licensure in Illinois. For more information, go to www.coarc.com.
Since 1974, Rush University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (now the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). The commission completed the most recent accreditation review in 2008, which granted continuing accreditation to Rush University for 10 years. The next comprehensive HLC evaluation will occur in 2018 - 2019.