The Respiratory Care Practitioner Program at Hartnell College, Salinas CA holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates for a CoARC accredited program.
The Hartnell College Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) Program utilizes a competency-based education framework. The program's goal is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Respiratory care faculty embraces the core values of caring, competence, collaboration and curiosity. These core values create a unifying model and structural framework for the curriculum to meet the goals of the program. In addition, faculty utilizes the four competencies for inter-professional practice established by the IEC expert panel in 2011 as guiding principles for the program. Theory, competency-based education, clinical reasoning, skill development, cultural and ethical awareness, and clinical practice are integrated throughout the curriculum. The program of study is presented in a simple-to-complex approach, beginning with the introduction of basic respiratory care and ending with advanced respiratory care, leadership, and management principles for the respiratory care practitioner. Hartnell College RCP Program graduates are prepared to practice in settings where patients require support, advocacy, and care.