MU Respiratory Therapy Program receives award

MU Respiratory Therapy Program receives awardRespiratory Therapy students and staff show off the letter announcing the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. Pictured, front row from left, are Abigayle Cole, Amanda Porcano, Sheila Merrill (Program Director), Susan Ferrito (Director of Clinical Education), Douglas Greer (Clinical Instructor) and Stephany Wyatt. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Claire Sankey, Allison Orenak, James Black, Nicholas DeVito, Patrick Haines and Jessie Wall.

The Respiratory Therapy Program at Mansfield University (MU) has earned the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The formal presentation will take place in June at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Summer Forum. 

“An award like this comes from a lot of hard work and devotion to our core value of ensuring that each student that graduates from this program is prepared not only for the RRT exam, but for their career as a respiratory therapist,” Sheila Merrill, Respiratory Therapy Program director, said. 

The Respiratory Therapy Program is a full-time, two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. It is a collaborative program with The MU Department of Health Sciences and the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. Joe Sawyer Jr., interim chief operating officer at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Kathy Wright, chairperson of Mansfield University’s Department of Health Sciences, both offered their congratulations to the program’s dedicated faculty and hardworking students. 

Students spend the first semester on the campus at Mansfield and the remaining three semesters plus two summer sessions at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., where they complete classroom and clinical experience.

In determining the award, the CoARC Board used objective criteria based on key accreditation metrics such as pass rate on the RRT credentialing examination (100 percent) and job placement rates (100 percent) documented in the 2016 Annual Report of Current Status.

For more information on the Respiratory Therapy Program, Mansfield / Guthrie Medical Group Program and other Health Sciences offerings at MU, visit

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