What is CoARTE?
Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE)
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) National Accreditation Program is provided through the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE). CoARTE accreditation provides a tool to assist respiratory therapy schools and regulatory bodies in assuring the public that the national education standards for entry-level respiratory therapy have been met. CoARTE is a committee of the CSRT and is a decision-making body that functions within the bylaws and policies established by the CSRT Board of Directors (CSRT Board). This ensures that universities and colleges offering respiratory therapy programs in Canada meet the profession’s national competency standards for entry-level respiratory therapists. The accreditation program was developed in 2000 by a consultant, and was implemented in January 1, 2001. CoARTE currently accredits 23 respiratory therapy programs in Canada and 1 internationally.
The CSRT is the corporate entity under which the accreditation program operates. The CSRT Board is responsible for the program and allocates funds required to operate the program. Program review teams conduct program assessments on behalf of CSRT.
CoARTE is composed of a minimum of eight and a maximum of ten voting members, including the Chair and the Vice-Chair. The CSRT Executive Director and the Director of Accreditation Services are ex-officio, non-voting members of CoARTE.
The Council is composed of individuals, selected by CoARTE and ratified by the CSRT Board of Directors that work in and/or provide the perspective of the following areas:
- Respiratory therapy education
- Administration of a university or college offering accredited health profession programs
- Respiratory therapy (clinical or industry) administration
- A recent graduate of an accredited respiratory therapy program
- A health profession other than respiratory therapy
- The public (from outside of the profession)
The Council also includes a representative that is selected by the National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies (NARTRB), which represents the public interest perspective.
For more information on the CSRT accreditation process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.