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2018 TSRC State Convention & Exhibition

gatlinburg, tsrc 2018On April 9th and 10th, 2018, the TSRC presented another sensationally successful TSRC conference, thanks in large part to the efforts of Program Committee Chair, Ms. Susan Parsons, and the many dedicated presenters, attendees and vendors. This year’s conference was held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, nestled in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. Ms. Pam Ditto was honored as Outgoing President as Ms. Susan Parsons took oath as 2018 TSRC President, to begin July 1, 2018. Ms. Ditto served our state well during her time in office, leading us into 2018 and challenging our state to take a greater interest in legislative matters. Ms. Ditto will remain on the Board of Directors as Past President and advisor to Ms. Parsons.

The Presentations:
The conference kicked off with sensational keynote speaker and Country Music Singer, Mr. Bartlee Norton. Mr. Norton treated conventioneers to top shelf entertainment followed by an inspiring discussion on being not only memorable, but legendary in the field and those you touch. Attendees were then treated to professional presentations that met the annual requirements for CEU’s through two tracks, allowing the conventioneers versatility to meet their interests.

The Exhibit Hall:

TSRC Exhibit Hall 2018 leftThe exhibit hall and convention was supported by many great vendors. Attendees were introduced to some of the latest and most innovative technologies available to RCP’s. While visiting the exhibit, attendees fervently bid in a silent auction filled with desirable merchandise from across the state.


Student Activities:

TSRC 2018 Sputum Bowl WinnersThe student population attended in full force, as over half of the schools in the state were well represented. We were pleased to offer a few student-centered activities to include Scholarship Contests, Poster Presentation Contest, and an open forum allowing students to have the floor in front of a panel of hiring managers from the state. The Sputum Bowl was a nail-biter of a competition which pitted five strong competitors against each other. Walters State Community College emerged Sputum Bowl Champions, etching their place in the history books by winning their eighth straight competition.

The TSRC annual conference is a time for RCP’s to recharge their professional batteries and strengthen the camaraderie and unity essential to any profession. Tennessee RCP’s are doing great things across the state every day, the TSRC annual conference is the best way to connect with fellow RCP’s and stay abreast of what’s happening in your profession. We hope to see you in attendance next year!!

*Pictures courtesy of Ms. Christie Ward*

The TSRC would like to thank the following vendors who helped make our convention successful:

2018 TSRC Sputum Bowl Champions

Congratulations Walters State Community College!
2018 TSRC Sputum Bowl Champions!

The winning streak continues as Walter State Community College (WSCC) secured its 8th consecutive sputum bowl championship. This year’s TSRC Sputum Bowl competition was filled with lots of thrills and excitement as 5 teams battled for top honors. The competition held on evening of April 9th, following the presentations of the day, provided top flight entertainment for those in attendance. In a round robin tournament, WSCC emerged as champions only after 3 thrilling rounds that saw them come from behind in the first round to advance in the competition. Each team brought their “A Game” and represented their respective institutions exceptionally well.

Thank you!
TSRC Education Committee

TSRC 2018 Sputum Bowl Winners

2015 Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award

At the 2016 AARC Summer Forum two Tennessee respiratory care programs received CoARC’s Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for 2015. Seventy-eight of the 432 programs received the award. Criteria for the award included:
(1) have three or more years of outcomes data; (2) hold accreditation without a progress report; (3) document RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and (4) meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition and positive (job) placement.

Chattanooga State Community College won the award for the fifth consecutive year. Sharron Hall is the program director. Columbia State Community College won the award for the first time. R. David Johnson is the program director.

According to the 2015 CoARC Outcomes Data Report the national average for graduates obtaining the RRT credential was 70.5% Chattanooga State averaged 97.9% for the assessment period. Columbia State averaged 93.8%. The national job placement average was 85.5% while Chattanooga State averaged 93.8% and Columbia State averaged 97.9%.

According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics,, the job outlook for Respiratory Therapists is expected to grow by 12% for the time period of 2014 – 2024 which is considered faster than the average for all occupations.