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Earn CRCE by successfully completing these self-study AARC courses approved for CRCE.


Free Courses for AARC members

AARC Webcasts
AARC members earn free CRCE credit by viewing live webcasts. Members and non-members may view archived webcasts for free and CRCE credit is available to those who pass an accompanying test. 1.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members.

AARC CRCE through the Journal
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. 1.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members.

A Guide to Aerosol Delivery Devices for Respiratory Therapists—3rd Edition
Read the latest information on aerosol medications and their delivery devices. Supported by an educational grant from Philips Respironics. 6.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members. $15 for non-members.

A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators
This guide will help the respiratory therapist understand the differences among various devices, the limitations of the devices, and what factors are necessary to consider when selecting a device for a patient. 1.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members. $10 for non-members.

A Guide to the Nutritional Assessment and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient
This guide assists the respiratory therapist in understanding the nutritional implications that drive metabolic testing and the subsequent treatment recommendations as well as discussing the respiratory therapist's role as a key and influential member of the interdisciplinary team managing the critically ill patient. 3.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members. $15 for non-members.

Clinician’s Guide to PAP Adherence
The AARC has developed this guide to train clinicians how to communicate with patients, identify why adherence is poor, and intercede with interventions that may improve compliance. 4.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members. $15 for non-members.

Clinician’s Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependency
This guide will help the respiratory therapist understand the important aspects of tobacco addiction, how to start the cessation discussion, and how to support the patient in the quit attempt. 3.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members. $15 for non-members.

Improving Symptom Control in Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease
Originally presented at the 2008 Congress in a live symposium, a review of patient compliance with controller medications is reviewed and what you can do to improve adherence. 4.0 CRCE. Free to AARC members. $15 for non-members.

Fee-based Self Study Courses

These online courses are accredited as non-traditional courses and meet the CE requirements of state boards that accept self-study or distance learning courses. Because they do not provide the opportunity for learners to interact with the presenters, they do not meet the criteria of state boards for “live” courses and participants must pass an examination before being awarded CRCE.

AARC Exam Prep Course
Are you studying for the CRT or RRT examinations? Take this course to help you identify your knowledge deficits, practice with up to four actual NBRC tests, and get a personalized prescription to help you focus your study time. Up to 27.15 CRCEs available. $295 for AARC members; $345 for non-members.

Asthma and the Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory therapists play a significant role in the treatment and management of asthma. This course provides an overview of the the four key elements of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Expert Panel Report, 3rd edition (2007). This online course provides videos and supplemental readings to improve your knowledge of the respiratory therapist’s role in treating and managing asthma. 3.5 CRCE. $15 members; $30 non-members.

Emerging Roles for the Respiratory Therapist in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is believed to be diagnosed in only 4% of people who have it. Since it is most often associated with COPD and Bronchiectasis, you can play an important role as a respiratory therapist in its identification and treatment. This online course from the AARC is aimed at significantly improving your knowledge of this under-recognized disease. 3.0 CRCE. $25 members; $50 non-members.

Empowering the Respiratory Therapist to be the VAP Expert
You already know that ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) causes excess morbidity and mortality and adds thousands of dollars to the care of the patient. As respiratory therapists, you have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in preventing VAP as members or even leaders of the VAP team. This online course from the AARC is aimed at enhancing your knowledge of proven strategies to minimize the occurrence of ventilator-associated pneumonia. 2.5 CRCE. $25 members; $50 non-members.

Leadership Institute
This program consists of three tracks to help the respiratory therapist increase his/her knowledge and prepare for advancement in respiratory care management, education, and research. 15 CRCE per track. $225 per track for members; $320 per track for non-members. (Non-member course includes 1-year AARC membership and access to AARConnect.)

Asthma Educator Certification (AE-C) Preparation Course
This course helps students to prepare for the AE-C test as offered by the NAECB, and is a general refresher course on asthma care. 10.5 CRCE. $165 members; $225 non-members.

COPD Educator Course
The AARC has developed a self-study version of the AARC’s popular live course. With a growing COPD population, it is important you are able to discuss issues with your patients and teach them how to live with COPD. 10.0 CRCE. $165 for AARC members. $225 for non-members.

Cross Cultural Health Care Case Studies
This offering consists of six tutorials in cultural competence, aimed at familiarizing health care providers with common issues that arise while working with people of diverse cultures. 5.0 CRCE. $25 members; $50 non-members.

Ethics Course
Several states have a requirement for an ethics course in respiratory care. This course satisfies those requirements. 3.0 CRCE. Pricing options vary.

If you purchased the Ethics Course prior to February 21, 2014, please access the previous version of the course. You will have until December 31, 2014, to complete the course requirements.

Archived Webcasts
View previously recorded webcasts for CRCE credit. View the webcast and take a test to receive your credit. Typical: 1.0 CRCE. $7.50 members, $15 for non-members.

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