Monday, March 15, 2010

NRTC - 12 week course

The National Respiratory Training Center is sponsoring its 12 week distance learning Asthma Assessment and Management Course which will begin May 7, 2010 and ends July 30, 2010 with study days in Norfolk, VA..

The course covers (1) Asthma facts (2) What is Asthma and who gets it (3) Physiology of the respiratory tract (4) The mechanisms of Asthma (5) Initial assessment and diagnosis of Asthma and classification of severity (6) Controlling the things that make Asthma worse (7) Asthma medications and devices (8) Managing Asthma over time (9) Management of special populations and special situations (10) Patient education to promote self-management and (11) Spirometry.

Continuing education credits are provided for Nurse Practitioners (24.8 + 13.9 pharmacology AANP) Physician Assistants (11.5 AAPA), Respiratory Therapists (22.5 AARC) and Nurses (49.8 CA BRN - applicable nationally) and recently added Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (24.8 + 13.9 pharmacology NAPNAP)

Weeks 1-6 are for home study with the materials that are mailed to each student. During week 6 there are 2 on-site course study days on June 18-19, 2010, at the Eastern VA Medical School, Dept of Pediatrics, Norfolk, VA and will be taught by our NRTC certified trainer Karen Rance. Weeks 7 - 12 are for more home study and to complete final projects.

Scholarships have been secured and the cost of the course is $150. The cost without scholarships would be $595.

Contact Cynthia Collins-Odoms at for more information or questions, or visit the NRTC web site .

Graduates are prepared to provide excellent patient care. Many course graduates choose to become nationally certified by taking the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam. The course also includes sample AE-C type questions.

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