Year in Review: Pulmonary Certificate


Year in Review: Pulmonary Certificate

By Heather Rich, MPA, AACVPR Certification Sr. Manager

AARC_logo.jpgA vital part of a successful pulmonary rehabilitation program is the skill and knowledge of its healthcare providers. This program, developed jointly by the AARC and AACVPR, provides pulmonary rehabilitation specialists the knowledge necessary to be an effective member of the pulmonary rehabilitation team. The Pulmonary Certificate launched on Jan. 8, 2018, with tremendous enthusiasm from the pulmonary community. As of today (April 26, 2019), we have 473 certificate programs purchased; AARC is reporting close to the same number of certificate programs purchased.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate course is a series of 12 modules:

  1. Pulmonary Rehabilitation 
  2. Pathophysiology and Assessment of COPD 
  3. Assessment and Management of Patients other than COPD
  4. Pharmacologic Interventions 
  5. Supplemental Oxygen Administration 
  6. Exercise Assessment, Prescription, and Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Part 1
  7. Exercise Assessment, Prescription, and Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Part 2 
  8. Tobacco Cessation
  9. Nutrition and Pulmonary Disease 
  10. Psychosocial Assessment and Intervention in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  11. Collaborative Self-Management
  12. Outcomes Measurement in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Criteria for successful completion includes viewing all course videos in their entirety as well as scoring 70 percent or higher on the post-course test. Participants will have only two attempts at the post-course test. Successful completion of this course allows one to include “Certificate in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, AARC/AACVPR” on their resume/CV and in their email signature line. Participants will have 12 months from the purchase date to complete the certificate program.

Continuing Education Credits

  • 12.0 AACVPR CE credits
  • 12.0 CRCE (AARC – Respiratory Therapists)
  • 12.0 CNE - This course is approved by the Ohio Nurses Association through 12/31/2019. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) 
For more information on the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, please click here.


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