American College of Respiratory Therapy Education

One of the objectives of the American College of Respiratory Therapy Education (ACRTE) is assisting programs and faculty in developing curriculum for new baccalaureate and graduate respiratory care programs.  In support of the objective, this listing of resources is available to help programs and educators increase the number of graduates from baccalaureate and graduate respiratory care mission.

ACRTE has compiled resources to help you on the path to connecting with expert colleagues and navigating processes for establishing Respiratory Care Programs in the following areas: AS to BS program development; New BS program development; Developing articulation agreements between AS and BS programs; Entry-level MS degree program development; BS to MSRT; and AS to MSRT


View interviews with respiratory care leaders discussing importance of higher education for the respiratory care profession:

Angel DavisMSc RRT-NPS Respiratory Care Manager Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Stephen Smith, MPA, RT, RRT, FAARC Clinical Associate Professor Respiratory Care Program Stony Brook University

Degree Attainment Issue Papers & Studies

The following links contain issue papers and studies supporting higher levels of degree attainment for respiratory care practitioners.  They include resources from regulation bodies, professional organizations, and various state affiliations:

CoBGRTE:  APRT Competencies and Model Curriculum (for RRTs)

American Association Respiratory Care:  Entry to Respiratory Therapy Practice 2030

California Society for Respiratory Care:  Education Requirements for RCPs Position Statement

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care:  Accreditation Standards for Entry into Practice

Document Toolbox

ACRTE has compiled a toolbox of resources aimed to support various aspects of advocating, developing, and launching respiratory care programs.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care:  

Accreditation Standards (Entry into Practice)

Accreditation Standards (Degree Advancement)

American Association for Respiratory Care:  

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:  Bachelor Degree Program Approval Process Templates

Community College Baccalaureate Association:  Community College Baccalaureate Association

Resource Table

Useful program administrative documents:

Resource Table

Contact New Programs Committee

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ray Hernandez MPH, RRT, RRT-NPS

New Program Committee Chair – ACRTE