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Respiratory care program reaccredited

Respiratory care program reaccredited
Co-Lin Respiratory Care Technology program director Courtney Nichols leads class. The program has recently been reaccredited for another 10 years by CoARC

The Respiratory Care Technology program on Co-Lin’s Natchez Campus continues has earned accreditation for another 10 years of accreditation.


The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), based in Tennessee, awarded Co-Lin’s program the maximum years of accreditation allowed. Each year, CoARC reviews annual reports and assessments to determine ongoing compliance with CoARC accreditation standards and policies and procedures. Co-Lin was found to have met all standards and procedures.


“Co-Lin is honored to have the Respiratory Care Technology program reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care,” said Dr. Tiffany Perryman, Co-Lin Director of Institutional Effectiveness. “This distinction demonstrates Co-Lin’s ongoing dedication to high-quality instruction, continuous improvement, and our strong focus on our students and programs.”


Respiratory Program Director Courtney Nichols added there is still a great need for respiratory therapists in the Miss-Lou.  “Almost all of the healthcare facilities in our area and beyond are hiring respiratory therapists,” said Nichols. “All of us at Co-Lin are proud to be part of meeting this need by training students to be knowledgeable and compassionate members of the healthcare team.”


Respiratory Care Practitioners are responsible for initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation along with the setup and monitoring of life support systems. They provide treatment for heart and lung disorders by administering inhalation treatments, oxygen, and drugs under the direction of a physician.


“We offer a challenging program, and our students must be committed to giving their best in order to be successful,” said Nichols. “If students are willing to put in the work, there are plenty of jobs waiting with high-paying salaries after only two years in our program. We are ready to help students reach their career goals here at Co-Lin.”


Graduates of the Respiratory Care Technology Program receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree, and are then qualified to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).


The deadline to apply for the August 2024 class is April 26, 2024.  Applicants must have at least an 18 on the ACT.  Learn more about the program and get an application at


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