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College of the North Atlantic
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) announced Wednesday first-year program admissions for its respiratory therapy program for this September have been suspended.
The program has had its accreditation withdrawn by the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE).
According to a CNA news release, the 13 students had already confirmed their seat for this fall will be contacted and will have their application fee refunded. They may also choose to have their application submitted for another non-competitive entry program if seats are available.
Waitlisted students who have applied and those who have incomplete applications on file will also have their application fee refunded.
The respiratory therapy program was placed on one-year probation in June 2016 when deficiencies in numerous program areas were noted, the release stated.
The program current has 20 students enrolled for second year in September. Another six are scheduled to enter the third year of the program.
“We are currently exploring the full impacts of CoARTE’s decision to withdraw our accreditation and how this will affect our current students and faculty members,” Bill Radford, CNA’s senior vice-president of academic and chief learning officer, said, adding they would be able to provide more information to them soon.
Radford said CNA tried very hard to make improvements in the areas of deficiency noted in CoARTE’s initial reports, but not enough progress was made to achieve accreditation status.
“CNA’s Modernization Plan 2019 outlines a go-forward plan to address organizational and program quality.”