Respiratory rescue: Calgary college to help students in suspended CNA program
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology faculty will deliver program in St. John's
The College of the North Atlantic says students who were enrolled in respiratory therapy will have the opportunity to finish their program, thanks to a partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
In a press release Tuesday, CNA said it has finalized a memorandum of understanding with the Calgary-based SAIT.
"Starting this week, SAIT will implement its respiratory therapy curriculum which will be delivered by SAIT faculty members," the news release said, with the college clarifying that would happen on site at the Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John's.
CNA said the partnership will enable students to complete their studies and graduate as SAIT students without any academic or financial impact.
Lost accreditation in June
CNA's respiratory therapy program lost its accreditation in June — an unprecedented move by the Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education.
After that decision, the college suspended its first-year program admissions scheduled for September, as well as into "the foreseeable future."
About 40 students, who had already completed one or two years of the three-year program, were thrown into limbo by the decision.
The program had been on probation since mid-2016, after a number of issues were identified.
- Former students of suspended CNA respiratory therapy program speak out
- 'Emotional safety' of students among concerns flagged in review of suspended CNA program
CBC News obtained documents citing concerns about the "emotional safety" of students, high attrition rates, quality management problems, and conflicts between instructors.
Former students from the program told CBC News they were belittled, yelled at, and often reduced to tears by clinical instructors.
CNA previously confirmed that personnel involved with the program were no longer employed by the college.
With files from Rob Antle