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Criteria and Rules for AARC Fellowship

The AARC Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made significant and sustained contributions to the art and science of respiratory care.


  • Be an Active or Associate member of the AARC in good standing for at least ten consecutive years prior to the deadline for receipt of nominations.
  • Possess the RRT credential issued by the NBRC or be a licensed physician with a respiratory care-related specialty.
  • Current members of the AARC Board of Directors are not eligible.

  • Must be nominated by a Fellow of the AARC with membership in good standing.
  • Must have demonstrated national prominent leadership, influence and achievement in clinical practice, education or science.
  • Must possess documented evidence of significant contribution to the respiratory care profession and to the AARC.


  • Nominations will be evaluated annually by the Fellowship Selection Committee, consisting of five current Fellows appointed by the AARC President.
  • New Fellows will be inducted during the Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the annual AARC International Respiratory Congress.
  • Newly inducted Fellows will receive a pin, a certificate suitable for framing and will have their names added to the list of Fellows on the AARC web site.
  • Fellows have the right to identify themselves with FAARC after their names.
  • All Fellows must maintain their AARC membership after induction.
  • Deadline for receipt of nominations and all supporting documentation will be August 1 of the calendar year in which the nomination is to be considered. For 2014, nomination packets should be postmarked no later than July 26, 2014 to ensure receipt in the AARC Executive Office by the established deadline.

The next group of Fellows will be inducted at the AARC Congress 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 9-12.