The free AARC courses below are a benefit exclusively to AARC members.
A Guide to Aerosol Delivery Devices (3rd Edition) — 6.0 CRCE
Mastery of both the art and science of aerosol delivery can have a profound impact on appropriately matching medications and delivery devices to optimize your patients’ clinical outcomes. The third edition of this Aerosol Guide delivers detailed and comprehensive information that, when combined with your dedication and commitment to be the professional experts in this important area, will empower you to provide guidance to your physician, nurse, and pharmacist colleagues — but, most importantly, to your patients. Read more about the guide.
A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators — 1.0 CRCE
Gaining all the information about your portable oxygen delivery devices (POCs) is essential for high quality management of chronic respiratory diseases with oxygen dependency. Obtaining “A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators” is a good first step in acquiring the knowledge and information to assist your patients. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) commissioned a survey of all POC manufacturers along with a group of experts to prepare this guide, and it was written with the patient in mind. Read more about the guide.
A Guide to the Nutritional Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient — 3.0 CRCE
As the role of the respiratory therapist emerges in the critical care area to include indirect calorimetry monitoring and testing, this guide will serve as an excellent resource to provide better understanding of the nutritional implications that drive metabolic testing and the subsequent treatment recommendations that come as a result of the extrapolated data. In addition, the role of the respiratory therapist will be discussed as a key and influential member of the interdisciplinary team when it comes to the nutritional management of the critically ill patient. Read more about the guide.
Clinician’s Guide to PAP Adherence — 4.0 CRCE
The AARC and its members have long recognized that patient adherence for management of sleep-disordered breathing is at an unacceptable level—about 50% discontinue positive airway pressure therapy within the first year. The AARC has developed the following guide to train clinicians how to communicate with sleep patients, identify reasons why adherence is poor, and intercede with interventions that may improve compliance. Read more about the guide.
Clinician’s Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependence — 3.0 CRCE
This Clinician’s Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependence provides RTs with the guidance necessary to understand the effects of nicotine, differentiate among tobacco products, discuss the addiction cycle, and initiate the tobacco cessation discussion with patients. Read more about the guide.
CRCE through the Journal — 1.0 CRCE per month
Each month, Respiratory Care offers 1 free CRCE for AARC members only. All you have to do is achieve a passing score on the quiz based on the latest issue of Respiratory Care.
Guiding Patients Through Decisions in IPF: The Respiratory Therapist’s Role — 1.0 CRCE
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare, progressive lung disease that greatly impacts patients’ quality of life and diminishes life expectancy. New therapies are available that slow function decline. This program will discuss the prevalence, signs and symptoms, and diagnostic criteria for IPF as well as compare and contrast available therapies and formulate strategies for comprehensive management of symptoms.
Impact of Pulmonary Vasodilator Device Safety on Institutional Risk and Quality: What does it mean for the respiratory therapist? — 1.0 CRCE
Originally presented as a live course at AARC Congress 2015, this manuscript focuses on the methods of assessing inhaled pulmonary vasodilator delivery devices and the professional responsibilities of respiratory therapists when administering inhaled pulmonary vasdodilators.
Improving Symptom Control in Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease — 4.0 CRCE
Originally presented at the 2008 AARC Congress in a live symposium, this manuscript provides a review of patient compliance with controller medications and describes what the Respiratory Therapist can do to improve adherence. Read more about this course.
Live AARC Webcasts — 1.0 CRCE each
AARC Webcasts are online educational events that take place right on your computer. AARC members can attend a live event and earn free CRCE© credit or watch a past program and take a quick test for credit. Pre-registration is required for live events.