Florida A&M’s cardiopulmonary science program, located in the School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS), has been removed from probationary accreditation.
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) voted to reinstate its Bachelor of Science respiratory care program’s accreditation in November. The program’s compliance was recognized nationally with the established accreditation standards.
Anthony Findlay, a graduate physical therapy student from New York, said he was happy to hear the news.
“FAMU is known for producing the best students in any healthcare-related field,” Findlay said. “Congratulations to the students in the cardiopulmonary science program. This is such an achievement.”
Thomas Smalling, executive director of CoARC, received a letter on the removal of probation. According to the letter, Interim President Larry Robinson and the SOAHS were commended for their commitment on continual quality improvement in education.
Malasia Greer, an SOAHS student from Miami, is excited for the students in the program.
“I feel like it’s good because it is a promising program at the university,” Greer said. “They have been nationally ranked, and all graduates are known to go on and find jobs and be very successful.”
Jessica Wade, a 2012 alumna from the School of Nursing, also located in the SOAHS, was ecstatic to hear the news.
“It makes me proud of my university because it shows that they are still great at developing things at FAMU, despite the troubles we’ve recently faced,” Wade said. “I’m happy that the people who choose that path can feel accomplished and fulfilled by receiving that degree.”
The next comprehensive evaluation and an on-site interview of the program is scheduled to occur no later than 2014.