Dixie State receives distinguished award for registered respiratory therapist credentialing

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Student in the DSU Respiratory Therapy Program, Date and location not given| Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St George News
Student in the DSU Respiratory Therapy Program, Date and location not given| Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University’s respiratory therapy program was recently awarded the Distinguished RRT, or registered respiratory therapist, Credentialing Success Award.

Dixie State was among a select group of programs to be honored June 26 with the award in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Programs receiving this award had to meet rigorous criteria, such as having at least 90 percent of students pass the National Board Exams at the Registered Respiratory Therapist level for three consecutive years. The Dixie State program has surpassed this level, maintaining an astonishing 100 percent success rate for first-time test takers over the past three years.

“This award really says a lot about the success of our program,” Debbie Forbush, Dixie State respiratory therapy program director, said. “I’ve had students tell me the reason they chose Dixie State’s program was because they looked at our pass rates and felt confident they could pass their National Board Exams and be done.”

Dixie State offers an applied science associate degree in respiratory therapy and, through a partnership with Boise State University, students can complete 30 additional credit hours online to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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1 Comment

  • ladybugavenger July 11, 2016 at 8:16 am

    The guy in the picture posing for the camera cracks me up at least he’s not performing surgery on the patient

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