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Baker College of Auburn Hills respiratory care program achieves national "distinguished" credential

The respiratory care program at Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus has, for the third consecutive year, been recognized with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Programs receiving the recognition are considered using objective criteria from the 2016 Annual Report of Current Status. The criteria includes three or more years of outcomes data; a documented student RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or greater; holding accreditation without a progress report; and meeting or exceeding CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success and positive job placement.

“Receiving this credential again underscores that our program is achieving its goals as well as our students,” said Peter W. Karsten, Ph.D., CPA, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “Each time a Baker College respiratory care student achieves his or her goals, there is a health care employer that has hired an exceptional employee.”

Credentials for a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and/or a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) are used as the basis for licensure in the 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care.

Respiratory therapists work primarily in health care facilities caring for patients who have trouble breathing, such as from a chronic respiratory disease like asthma or emphysema. Patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients with lung disease. Respiratory therapists also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning or shock.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $58,670 in May 2016. Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus launched its respiratory care associate degree program in 2006.

For more information about Baker College programs, contact Nicole Chirco in the admissions office at nicole.chirco@baker.edu or 248.340.0600, or visit www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.
 
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