American Association for Respiratory Care

American Association for Respiratory Care

AARC Leadership Institute

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Will the Leadership Institute work on my mobile device?
The Leadership Institute has been tested and works on iOS and Android devices.
How do I use the ePub?
The ePub allows you to view the Leadership Institute modules as books in your electronic reading device. To access the Leadership Institute ePubs, you will need an initial Internet connection.
  • If you have an Apple device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), you can access the Leadership Institute website through your Internet browser, click on the ePub icon, and open the ePub in iBooks.
  • If you have a Kindle device, it is recommended that you download the ePub to your computer and then manually download them to the Kindle directly.
  • If you have a Nook device, you can access the Leadership Institute website through your Internet browser, click on the ePub icon, and select the program with which you’d like to open the ePub.
Why am I receiving emails from AARConnect?

When you enroll in one or more Leadership Institutes tracks, you are automatically enrolled in the AARConnect community associated with that track (education, management, and research). To access the AARConnect community, visit AARConnect and click on “communities” in the profile box located in the top right of the screen. Your communities are listed in alphabetical order on the “My Communities” page.

  • Helpful hint: You can control how often you wish to receive Leadership Institute community updates from AARConnect by clicking on the “Discussions” tab at the top of the AARConnect page. Then, select “My Subscriptions” from the drop-down menu. The “My Subscriptions” page allows you to select how often you wish to receive updates from the community.
How does the Leadership Institute quiz work?
Each track has a post-course quiz that must be completed with a minimum score of 80% to earn CRCE. The post-course quiz is divided into sections representing the track modules. Once the entire post-course quiz is completed successfully, you will earn 15 CRCE for the track.
  • Helpful hint: It is recommended that you complete each module’s section of the post-course quiz after you’ve completed the module work and before moving on to the next module so that the material is still fresh. For example, the participant in the Management Track would complete the module 1 portion of the quiz, save his/her answers, and then proceed to the module 2 content. He/she would then go back to the quiz and complete the module 2 portion, save his/her answers, and then proceed to the module 3 content, and so on. All answers to the post-course quiz can be reviewed before final submission and grading.
What are the specific objectives for the Leadership Institute?

Each track has it’s own specific objective list.

Education Curriculum Competencies
  1. Describe various venues for respiratory therapy education.
  2. Describe program accreditation requirements to include: faculty, physical & financial, resources and record keeping.
  3. Discuss the financing of respiratory care education in the public, private and hospital environments.
  4. Identify the instructional needs of adults.
  5. Describe how age, gender and cultural differences affect learning.
  6. Describe reasons for respiratory course or lesson development.
  7. Identify existing resources for course or lesson development.
  8. Construct learning objectives.
  9. Define the purpose and list the elements of a syllabus.
  10. Describe the steps in the development of a lecture and/or presentation.
  11. Explain the role of effective communication between the teacher and the learner during the educational process
  12. Describe methods used to evaluate instructional delivery.
  13. Discuss methods used to measure learning post instructional delivery.
  14. Construct test items based upon learning domain and different format of test questions.
  15. Explain why and how clinical competency evaluations are developed.
  16. Discuss how clinical instruction differs from didactic instruction.
  17. Summarize the qualities of an effective clinical instructor as related to individual and group instruction.
  18. Describe methods to provide constructive feedback to learners.
  19. Identify the effective communication skills required to maintain collaborative and supportive relationships in the clinical environment.
  20. Describe the steps in clinical evaluation.
  21. Describe inter-rater reliability as it relates to clinical evaluations and how it is achieved.
  22. Describe the steps in developing a lecture.
  23. Explain the role of case study exercises and role-playing in effective instruction.
  24. Develop competencies, instructional goals and objectives for laboratory instruction.
  25. Describe problem based learning and its application.
  26. Explain methods for evaluating instruction.
  27. Identify classroom and laboratory resources.
  28. Discuss the use of computer technology in the classroom.
  29. Describe internet-based classroom management systems (e.g., Blackboard©).
  30. Discuss the use of patient simulators.
  31. Discuss web-based instruction/distance learning.
  32. Review recent trends in health informatics.
  33. Describe how to assess workforce needs for continuing education.
  34. Identify the steps in development of a department education plan.
  35. Explain how to assess a department education plan.
  36. Identify types of education and documentation requirements mandated for employees and students.
  37. Explain why the ability to support, promote, and ensure alignment with an organization's vision and values is essential to ensuring the effective, efficient, and sustainable use of resources and assets.
Management Curriculum Competencies
  1. Explain the history and evolution of healthcare systems in the US.    
  2. Discuss how changing demographics and consumer expectations affect the health care environment.
  3. Explain how re-imbursement, coding and revenue management drive the economy of the healthcare environment.
  4. Explain disease management and its application in future healthcare delivery systems.
  5. Describe the role of workforce development in future healthcare delivery.
  6. Describe the nature and function of communication on all levels within organizations.
  7. Identify strategies for conflict resolution within small groups
  8. Describe the key characteristics and skills required to succeed as a leader.
  9. Explain the difference between “managing” and “leading”
  10. Inventory your own leadership style
  11. Explain how to set organizational and personal goals.
  12. Define the role of the facilitator, team leader and team members
  13. Explain what it is to manage and to lead in the role of a successful department manager
  14. Describe the principles of servant leadership.
  15. Explain the concepts of shared governance.
  16. Identify strategies to build relationship and engage staff
  17. Describe the role of communication in trust building among staff members
  18. List strategies to be used in conducting effective meetings
  19. Examine different leadership styles, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each style.
  20. Discuss effective strategies and steps in team building.
  21. Compare and contrast a service line with a cost center.
  22. Define the role of a strategic plan for a business operating within a healthcare system
  23. Explain the purpose of a business plan for a business operating within a healthcare system
  24. Discuss how to market a service line.
  25. Explain the role of customer service and satisfaction to business success.
  26. Identify various strategies for negotiating and conflict resolution.
  27. Explain the role of State and Federal government in regulation of the healthcare environment.     
  28. Identify the role and function of primary regulatory agencies related to safe, quality healthcare delivery.
  29. Explain the role and function healthcare work force credentialing and licensing.
  30. Identify the steps in drafting internal policies.
  31. Discuss the role of patient safety in healthcare administration.
  32. Explain how moral and ethical issues impact patients and employees relations.
  33. Describe basic principles for leading a diverse workforce.
  34. Identify and discuss the role of State and Federal government imposed labor laws.
  35. Explain the role of organized labor in the healthcare workforce
  36. Explain practices for hiring employees.
  37. Discuss employee evaluation systems.
  38. Describe the steps in progressive disciplinary action.
  39. Discuss various forms of employee compensation to include: salary/payroll and pay for performance
  40. Define basic terminology related to hospital finance.
  41. Explain common hospital reimbursement models.
  42. Define CPT coding and explain its relevance to hospital finance.
  43. Explain the purpose and function of a charge description master.
  44. Explain why each of the following techniques is essential to department budget management: projection of work demand, micro costing, forecasting trends, benchmarking and variance analysis.
  45. Explain the concepts of equipment/inventory control.
  46. Explain the principals of the capital budgeting.
  47. Identify department-level metrics for measuring the performance of RT clinical and business processes.
  48. Understand sources of data, including department-level and hospital-wide information systems.
  49. Explain the principles of quality improvement and how the processes is used in effective department management.
  50. Explain the role of research in RT department management.
  51. Describe the use of statistical techniques in identifying areas of concern and developing metrics and models to track outcomes.
Research Curriculum Competencies
  1. Explain the importance of research to the profession of Respiratory Care.
  2. Explain the importance of ethics in research design and implementation.
  3. Obtain a certificate of completion for the National Institutes of Health online course” Protecting Human Subjects”.
  4. Explain the scientific method
  5. Develop your own example of a study problem with hypothesis based upon the scientific method.
  6. Identify the devices used in performing physical measurement in clinical research.
  7. Demonstrate the interface and integration of physical measurement devices in performing clinical research.
  8. Explain how to assure and document accuracy of results obtained through physical measurement devices.
  9. Build a U-tube manometer and use it in a research problem.
  10. Explain the steps in developing a research study.
  11. Identify a research problem and explain its relevance to the practice of respiratory care.
  12. Based upon your identified research problem develop the study idea to include:
    1. Identification of the major outcome variable and how it will be measured.
    2. A timeline for the experiment and data collection.
    3. Explanation of how study subjects will be obtained.
  13. Explain the relevance of a literature search to research.
  14. Discuss how literature resources are classified based upon their rigor.
  15. Conduct a literature search on Pub Med and download a minimum of 5 background articles.
  16. Prepare a clinical research design to include:
    1. Sample size with justification,
    2. Process to obtain/enroll study participants
    3. Experiment design.
  17. Develop a research protocol based upon the IRB study protocol.
  18. Discuss basic statistical concepts.
  19. Explain statistics for nominal measures and how to apply in clinical research data.
  20. Explain statistics for ordinal measures and how to apply in clinical research data.
  21. Explain statistics for continuous measures and how to apply in clinical research data.
  22. Apply appropriate statistical analysis to clinical research data.
  23. Identify the formats for reporting and sharing clinical research results.
  24. Write a research abstract
  25. Write a research paper based on conducted clinical research.
  26. Prepare a poster presentation on the research paper completed in previous competencies.