54th Congress

Asthma Educator Certification Preparation Course

Thursday and Friday, Dec 11–12, 2008
Anaheim Marriott • Anaheim, California

Take advantage of this great opportunity to advance your career and maximize your time in Anaheim. The course will be held just prior to the Congress.

  • Attendance is limited.
  • Pre-registration required. Deadline: Nov 23. Call AARC Customer Service for availability at 972-243-2272.
  • Registration fee is separate from Congress registration.
  • This course runs concurrently with the Noninvasive Ventilation Workshop. You may only register for one.
  • Course will be held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.

This well-established and highly successful AARC program is a 1 1/2-day course designed to assist respiratory therapists, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who are actively involved in asthma education and want to earn the Asthma Educator-Certified (AE-C), a credential awarded by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB). (Visit www.naecb.org for information on the NAECB examination, including sites where the exam will be offered. Note: This course is not endorsed, cosponsored or in any way affiliated with the NAECB.)

The content of the course is based on the content outline of the NAECB examination and will assist the participants in recall, application, and analysis as they relate to specific areas of the examination.

You must attend the entire course to receive CRCE credits; no partial credit will be given. The course has been approved for 10.2 hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit for respiratory therapists. This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 10.2 hours of CE by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7 Good Reasons To Be a Certified Asthma Educator

Since 2002 there have been almost 2,000 healthcare practitioners who proudly claim the title of a Asthma Educator-Certified (AE-C). Almost half of them are respiratory therapists. There is a tremendous opportunity for more respiratory
therapists to achieve this lofty title. In fact, there are seven good reasons…

  1. By passing this examination, you can validate your role as an asthma educator. This validation will be a means to demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to be a certified asthma educator as deemed by a nationally recognized and respected certification board.
  2. You may be able to pave a new career path. Many employers are starting to recognize the authority that this credential provides. In fact, your skills may allow you to start a home, clinic, or acute care-based program.
  3. There is the possibility of additional reimbursement for you and your employer for asthma educational services. In 2006 the CPT coding manual specified three specific codes that specify respiratory therapists as qualified asthma educators.
  4. You can be the first one in your department to hold the credential.
  5. The AE-C credential may actually be a means of allowing you to climb the career ladder in your department.
  6. Since the numbers of AE-C respiratory therapists are limited, your services to a prospective employer may be much more valuable.
  7. And most importantly, the patients whom you treat and educate will be assured of your expertise to be a certified asthma educator.

Thursday, Dec 11

1:00 P.M.–1:30 P.M.
Course Overview

1:30 P.M.–2:15 P.M.
Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of Asthma

2:15 P.M.–3:00 P.M.
Patient History and Assessment

3:00 P.M.–3:15 P.M.

3:15 P.M.–4:00 P.M.
Pulmonary Function

4:00 P.M.–4:45 P.M.
Asthma Triggers

4:45 P.M.–5:15 P.M.

Friday, Dec 12

8:00 A.M.–9:00 A.M.
Pharmacologic Management of Asthma

9:00 A.M.–9:45 A.M.
Devices and Adjuncts to Self-Management

9:45 A.M.–10:00 A.M.

10:00 A.M.–10:45 A.M.
Self-Management Skills & Behavior Modification

10:45 A.M.–11:30 A.M.
Communication/Interviewing Skills

11:30 A.M.–12:15 P.M.
Managing Psychological Issues from Clinical-Based Perspective

12:15 P.M.–1:30 P.M.
Lunch (Provided by Sepracor)

1:30 P.M.–2:15 P.M.
Educating the Patient

2:15 P.M.–2:45 P.M.
Organizational Issues

2:45 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.–3:30 P.M.
Test-Taking Techniques

3:30 P.M.–4:00 P.M.
Discussion/Course Summary


  • Robert C Cohn MD FAARC
    MetroHealth Medical Center
    Cleveland OH
  • Bill Galvin MSEd RRT CPFT AE-C FAARC
    Gwynedd Mercy College
    Gwynedd Valley PA
  • Karen L Gregory MS APRN-BC CNS RRT CPFT AE-C
    Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic
    Oklahoma City OK
  • Thomas J Kallstrom RRT AE-C FAARC
    American Association for Respiratory Care
    Irving TX
  • Timothy B Op’t Holt EdD RRT AE-C FAARC
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile AL

All photos courtesy of Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau