Pre-Summer Forum Program

Saturday, June 25

Robert C Shaw Jr

7:30 am–10:30 am

NBRC Workshop: Scoring Responses To the NBRC Simulation Exam

Robert C Shaw Jr PhD RRT FAARC, NBRC Assistant Executive Director

After a brief introduction and instruction, participants will work in small groups. Each group will decide how responses to a simulation problem should be scored to best assess minimum competency for an RRT. Groups will have access to respresentatives from the NBRC who can offer guidance. Pre-registration is not required.

12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) - Meet the Referee

This session is an opportunity for program personnel and administrators to meet with their program referees on an individual basis to discuss:

  • Recent changes to CoARC policies, procedures, and documentation involving the referee process;

  • Interpretation of the new CoARC accreditation standards;

  • What is recommended for improvement of the institution or program, including any progress reports; and

  • How to communicate appropriately and effectively with their program referee and executive office staff.

  • Attendance for this session is on a first-come, first-served basis and attendees are required to pre-register with CoARC by contacting Shelley Christensen at

    1:00 pm–4:55 pm

    AARC Pre-Course - Focus on the Future: Maximizing Program Effectiveness

    Shawna L Strickland PhD RRT-NPS AE-C FAARC/Presiding

    Course capacity is limited. Approved for 3.49 hours of continuing education credits (CRCE). You must attend the entire course to receive CRCE credit; no partial credit will be awarded.

    Effective respiratory care programs must optimize many variables in order to achieve a high degree of success. Among them are: developing the faculty; cultivating caring, compassionate and service-oriented students, employing examinations that are meaningful and in concert with professional standards; optimizing the talents and influence of the program's communities of interest, and developing and adopting a curriculum that addresses the needs of the future RT. Come join us as we provide a pre-course designed to assist you in addressing these variables to maximize your program effectiveness.

    Bill Galvin

    1:00 pm–1:30 pm

    Academic Advancement: Cultivating Program Faculty

    Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC, Gwynedd Valley PA

    While an RT program faculty member is exceedingly busy with day-to-day teaching, administrative responsibilities, and clinical assignments, it is imperative that he/she invest the time and effort for personal and professional growth and development. Consideration of one’s academic advancement and career enhancement is not without merit. It should be an integral part of his/her professional goals and developmental plan. It is not uncommon for program faculty to dedicate their time exclusively to their students and to institutional responsibilities. This presentation will address the criticality of developing an academic advancement plan and striving to achieve promotion to professorial rank, achievement of tenure, committee involvement, scholarship, and service. Additionally, it will identify criteria for advancement and the multiple ways to actualize your plan.

    Robert C Shaw Jr.

    1:35 pm–2:25 pm

    Correlating Educator - Developed Tests To NBRC Test Scores

    Robert C Shaw Jr. PhD RRT FAARC, Olathe KS

    Examinations serve multiple purposes: one is to accurately evaluate student knowledge; another is to prepare the student for post-graduation board examinations. In this session, the presenter will demonstrate how a teacher-created examination can be designed to yield a correlation. This session also includes a hands-on experience for learners to apply the knowledge. Please click here to download the handout for this session.

    2:25 pm–2:35 pm


    Sarah L Varekojis

    2:35 pm–3:25 pm

    Beyond Volunteerism: Engaging Students in Learning Through Service

    Sarah L Varekojis PhD RRT, Columbus OH

    Effective service learning can provide significant benefits to the student, the faculty, and the community. This presentation will provide a foundation for developing effective and engaging service learning activities. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and/or evaluate their own service learning components to incorporate best practices.

    Kathy Rye

    3:30 pm–4:20 pm

    Optimizing Communities of Interest

    Kathy Rye EdD RRT-ACCS FAARC, Little Rock AR

    Respiratory care programs are guided not only by current science but by the needs of the community, including employers, advisory committees, students, and graduates. This presentation will identify the community of interest for a respiratory care program and discuss how to best engage this community for maximal outcomes. The participants will also have an opportunity to develop an engagement strategy for their own unique community of interest.

    4:25 pm–4:55 pm

    Transitioning from an Associate to a Bachelor Degree: Learning from Experience

    Fred Goglia MEd RRT, Seattle WA

    This presentation will explore the phenomenon of transitioning a program from the associate's degree to the bachelor's degree. The presenter - who has successfully transitioned an associate program to the bachelor's degree will share the experience and offer insight to assist interested programs in preparing for the degree transition.

    5:00 pm–6:30 pm

    AARC Welcome Reception

    Stressed from a long day of travel? Apprehensive that it's your first Summer Forum and you aren't sure what to expect? Or perhaps you're just eager to reconnect with old friends? Regardless, you'll not want to miss the AARC Summer Forum Welcome Reception. Enjoy beverages and light snacks as you network with colleagues from around the country and mingle with AARC Corporate Partners. Interact with leadership from the AARC, CoARC, and NBRC. There's no better way to kick off 3 days of learning than by attending this opening event. Attendance is limited to registered attendees only.

    Trustees from the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF) will be in attendance to raise awareness about the mission and vision of the ARCF and answer your questions.