Publish Date: 4-7-2011, 9:34 a.m.

Gloria Macías Harrison, President of Crafton Hills College, and June Yamamoto, Dean of Career Education and Human Development, are proud to announce that the Crafton Hills College Respiratory Care Program has received the status of Continuing Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

As noted in the letter from CoARC Executive Director Thomas R. Smalling, PhD, RRT, RPFT, RPSGT, FAARC, “The recent accreditation review conducted by CoARC recognizes the program’s compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards.” CoARC is housed in Bedford, Texas. The next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled to occur no later than 2021, and the next Annual Report of Current Status is due July 1, 2011. Accreditation is an on-going process with higher education institutions.

Dean Yamamoto noted that “The many hours of dedicated work of the faculty and staff are to be commended. I would really like to acknowledge CHC Respiratory Care Program Director, Ken Bryson; Clinical Director Rey Bell; Department Chair Brad Franklin; our faculty Amber Contreras and Michael Sheahan, and the program secretary Cynthia Bidney for their commitment to the program.”

President Harrison concurred, saying “The combination of dedicated, skilled, and passionate faculty; highly involved advisory committee; strong involvement of Dr. Richard Sheldon, program Medical Director; excellent clinical resources; dedicated graduates and hard working students all add to the strength and success of the program.”

Respiratory therapists treat all kinds of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to children having asthma attacks or adults with lung disease. Respiratory therapists are a vital part of the medical team and provide temporary relief to patients with chronic lung conditions such as emphysema and also provide emergency care for patients who have suffered from heart failure or a stroke or are victims of drowning or shock. The Crafton Hills College program is an Associate of Science degree program. For more information about the program, please call 909-389-3286.

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