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(November 10, 2010 - IRVING, TX) -- Three educational offerings sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care are carrying the new IERS-approved recognition.

The AARC International Respiratory Congress, and two of its online offerings, the COPD Educator Course and the Asthma Certification Preparation Course, have been given full IERS approval status.

IERS, the International Education Recognition System, reviews respiratory care programming opportunities and recommends them for international audiences. The recognition system was developed under the auspices of the International Respiratory Care Council and the AARC.

The objective of the IERS program is to validate that educational opportunities meet quality measures for content, faculty, and educational merit. Its purpose is to allow individuals around the world to be aware that an educational program is a credible and useful learning tool in the knowledge area of respiratory care.

As it gets launched, IERS invites other respiratory care educational offerings to apply for one of three levels of recognition. Those are:

Seminar Recognition (Level I)

Granted to educational non-repeating (content) RC seminars of any length.

Program Recognition (Level II)

Granted to educational repeating(content/skills) RC programs that are designed to teach the same content/skill set each time the program is delivered.

School Recognition (Level III)

Granted to educational programs that meet level II (Recognized Program) recognition guidelines and also meet these level III additional requirements. In addition to level II recognition, RC schools must set local evidence-based outcome measures for (graduate) outcome performance. Graduation from these schools may then be approved by the country's credentialing and/or licensure system for RC practice in the hospital, ICUs, and other settings where patients receive respiratory care. 

For more information on IERS, see


Contact Sherry Milligan
(972) 406-4656
American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063-4706
(972) 243-2272, Fax (972) 484-2720
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