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Respiratory Program Earns Credentialing Award

Catawba Valley Community College’s Respiratory Therapy Program recently received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The award was presented during the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum awards ceremony in San Antonio.


Respiratory Credentialing Award 2018

The award was given as part of CoARC’s continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement. With a focus on program effectiveness, the CoARC views the RRT credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

“CVCC’s program owes its success to having dedicated faculty, excellent administrative support, and clinical partners who are committed to providing exceptional patient care opportunities for the students in the program,” said Cathy Bitsche, ED.S., RRT-NPS, RCP Respiratory Therapy Program Director. “This recognition affirms that the hard work our students are asked to complete pays off.”

The college’s RRT credentialing success rate for 2015-17 was 94 percent and has had a graduate employment rate of 100 percent for 25 years.  

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program, contact Bitsche, at or 828-327-7000, ext. 4391.


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