The Gold Standard in Respiratory Care Meetings

2007 AARC Respiratory Congress
Advance Program


Asthma Educator Certification Preparation Course

Thursday and Friday, November 29–30, 2007
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

Open Forum

Take advantage of this great opportunity to advance your career and maximize your time in Orlando. The course will be held just prior to the International Respiratory Congress.

  • Attendance is limited.
  • Pre-registration required. Deadline: November 9.
  • Registration fee is separate from Congress registration.
  • This course runs concurrently with the Mechanical Ventilation course. You may only register for one.

This well-established and highly successful AARC program is a 1 1/2-day course designed to assist respiratory therapists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who are actively involved in asthma education and want to earn the Asthma Educator-Certified (AE-C), a credential awarded by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB). (Visit for information on the NAECB examination, including sites where the exam will be offered. Note: This course is not endorsed, cosponsored or in any way affiliated with the NAECB.)

The content of the course is based on the content outline of the NAECB examination and will assist the participants in recall, application, and analysis as it relates to specific areas of the examination.

The course has been approved for 10.2 hours of continuing education credit (CRCE) for respiratory therapists. This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 10.2 hours of CE by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7 Good Reasons To Be a Certified Asthma Educator

Since 2002 there have been almost 2,000 health care practitioners who proudly claim the title of a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C). Almost half of them are respiratory therapists. There is a tremendous opportunity for more respiratory therapists to achieve this lofty title. In fact, there are seven good reasons…

  1. By passing this examination, you can validate your role as an asthma educator. This validation will be a means to demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to be a certified asthma educator as deemed by a nationally recognized and respected certification board.
  2. You may be able to pave a new career path. Many employers are starting to recognize the authority that this credential provides. In fact, your skills may allow you to start a home, clinic, or acute care-based program.
  3. There is the possibility of additional reimbursement for you and your employer for asthma educational services. In 2006 the CPT coding manual specified three specific codes that specify respiratory therapists as qualified asthma educators.
  4. You can be the first one in your department to hold the credential.
  5. The AE-C credential may actually be a means of allowing you to climb the career ladder in your department.
  6. Since the numbers of AE-C respiratory therapists are limited, your services to a prospective employer may be much more valuable.
  7. And most importantly, the patients whom you treat and educate will be assured of your expertise to be a certified asthma educator.

Thursday, November 29

1:00 pm–1:30 pm
Course Overview

1:30 pm–2:15 pm
Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of Asthma

2:15 pm–3:00 pm
Patient History and Assessment

3:00 pm–3:15 pm

3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Pulmonary Function

4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Asthma Triggers

4:45 pm–5:15 pm

Friday, November 30

8:00 am–9:00 am
Pharmacologic Management of Asthma

9:00 am–9:45 am
Devices and Adjuncts to Self-Management

9:45 am–10:00 am

10:00 am–10:45 am
Self-Management Skills & Behavior Modification

10:45 am–11:30 am
Communications/Interviewing Skills

11:30 am–12:15 pm
Managing Psychosocial Issues from a Clinic-Based Perspective

12:15 pm–1:30 pm
Lunch (Provided compliments of Sepracor)

1:30 pm–2:15 pm
Educating the Patient

2:15 pm–2:45 pm
Organizational Issues

2:45 pm–3:00 pm

3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Test-Taking Techniques

3:30 pm–4:00 pm
Discussion/Course Summary


Bill Galvin MSEd RRT

Mari Jones ARNP RRT

Thomas J Kallstrom

Timothy R Myers


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