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Hartnell College Opens Respiratory Care Progam to First Cohort in Fall 2013

July 19th, 2013

Hartnell College has accepted its first class of students to enter the new Respiratory Care Program in fall 2013. The cohort of 20 students will complete a 4-semester course of study leading to an associate of science degree in respiratory care, and eligibility to sit for the national registered respiratory therapist examination.

The respiratory care program has been under development for two years. During that time, Hartnell successfully completed all requirements to be granted provisional accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). This accreditation was awarded at CoARC’s July 2013, meeting, due to Hartnell’s program having "demonstrated sufficient evidence to initiate a program in accordance with the CoARC Accreditation Standards for the Profession of Respiratory Care."

Provisional accreditation is the first important step in gaining accreditation for a new program.

The average salary for a respiratory therapist nationwide is $55,250, according to U.S. News & World Report; in Salinas, the average salary is $83,050.

For more information about the program or CoARC’s granting of provisional accreditation, please contact Respiratory Care Program Director Tanya Ho at tho@hartnell.edu.