Announcements

  • Expected MyAARC Maintenance June 20-22

    MyAARC will undergo a major site upgrade to increase system efficiency. This upgrade process will result in scheduled downtime for my.aarc.org and affiliate resources, like AARConnect.
  • Registration is open for Summer Forum 2022!

    Join us July 26-28 (Tue-Thu) in Palm Springs, CA as RT leaders and educators come together to experience a return to in-person learning via lectures and symposiums! Designed for respiratory therapy educators and those in a leadership role, Summer Forum will focus on the topics, tools, and skills to bring back to your team and department.

    Spread across three days, Summer Forum includes 30 sessions filled with specially designed lectures and symposiums for RT leaders and educators. Summer Forum also offers added networking through event activities and exhibit hall browsing. This event is approved for 14.92 CRCE!

  • Become an AE-C Asthma Educator

    In honor of Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, refresh your asthma knowledge and earn asthma-focused CRCE by taking the online asthma educator certification prep course. The AARC AE-C Course Package helps asthma educators prep for the asthma certification while earning 11 CRCE!

    Seven Reasons to get an AE-C® Certification

    1. Validate your role as an asthma educator by a nationally recognized and respected certification board.
    2. Pave a new career path in a home, clinic, or acute care-based asthma program.
    3. Potentially add reimbursement opportunities for you and your employer for asthma educational services.
    4. Be the first certified asthma educator in your department.
    5. Climb your department’s career ladder.
    6. Increase your value to your employer.
    7. Provide your patients with assurance of your expertise as a certified asthma educator
  • Summer Forum 2022 - Early Bird Pricing Ends TODAY

    Summer Forum 2022 (July 26-28) is coming, and we’re excited! The earlier you book, the more you save! Our Early Bird rate ends TODAY, May 24, so secure your best rate and register now.

    Spread across three days, Summer Forum includes 30 sessions filled with specially designed lectures and symposiums for RT leaders and educators. Summer Forum also offers added networking through event activities and exhibit hall browsing.

    Here’s what to expect this year

    Day 1 – July 26, 2022

    • OPENING SESSION: State of the Profession
    • SESSION TOPICS: CPGs, What Learners Need, RT-Driven Protocols, the Value of a Journal Club, Value Efficiency, Staffing Efficiency, Maximizing ROI, Helping Your Students Grow, and the Value of an RT Professional Development Program
    • SYMPOSIUM: Annual CoARC Educator Symposium

    Day 2 – July 27, 2022

    • LECTURES: Jimmy Young Memorial Lecture
    • SESSION TOPICS: Interprofessional Education, Staffing and Retention Concerns, Social Media for Educators, a Community of Inquiry, Helping Students with Interviewing and Students Helping the Bedside Therapist
    • SYMPOSIUM: RT Workforce Supply and Demand Symposium

    Day 3 – July 28, 2022

    • OPENING: Agency Update
    • SESSION TOPICS: Characteristics of Successful RC Programs, State Society Leadership Tips, and Overreaching Roles of RT Leaders
    • LECTURES: Dr H Fred Helmholtz Education Lecture
    • CLOSING CEREMONY


    Our Early Bird ends May 24, so don’t delay register today!

  • Accepting Nominations for the Patient Advocacy Award

    The National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award is the only nationally-recognized advocacy program dedicated to honoring outstanding registered respiratory therapists. The award identifies and honors registered respiratory therapists from across the country who demonstrate excellence in compassionate care for patients and families.

    The award commemorates a vital member of the health care team that empowers patients to breathe easy: the respiratory therapist. This consummate professional appreciates the ‘individual’ instead of the ‘patient’ and is dedicated to the principal that every breath matters. Nominations come from facilities across the continuum of care where registered respiratory therapists are actively engaged as a champion of patient and family-centered care.

    Deadline to make a nomination: July 31

  • Nominations Open for Specialty Practitioner of the Year

    Recognizing our members is something that AARC staff loves to do. We can’t do it without your help though! Send in your nomination for the section Specialty Practitioner of the Year awards. The deadline is July 11. You will need to login to send your nomination. Both the nominator and the nominee must be section members.
  • Accepting Nominations for FAARC

    Every year, select members of the respiratory care profession are honored with the Fellow of the American Respiratory Care Profession, or FAARC. Bestowed at the AARC Congress in the fall, this designation recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession in areas ranging from education to research to clinical practice and more.

    Eligibility:

    • Be an Active or Associate member of the AARC in good standing for at least ten consecutive years prior to the deadline for receipt of nominations.

    • Nominees must be nominated by at least two AARC members, one of which is required to be a Fellow of the AARC with membership in good standing.

    • Possess the RRT credential issued by the NBRC and be licensed or hold registration/certification (if applicable) within their state of employment or, be a licensed physician with a respiratory care-related specialty.

    • International respiratory therapist nominees must meet the eligibility criteria for AARC membership above and possess the RRT credential from the NBRC or equivalent from the credentialing agency for the country they work or reside in. They must have a license (if licensure if applicable) and/or be approved to work within the country they work/reside in.

    • First-term members of the AARC Board of Directors or Officers of the House of Delegates are not eligible.


    To learn more about the criteria for FAARC you can read the updated criteria and rules for nomination. The deadline to nominate is August 15, 2022.
  • RC Course Packages - Asthma

    May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! 

    This month refresh your asthma education by taking advantage of AARC resources. This asthma course bundle of AARC original content focuses exclusively on aspects of caring for patients with asthma. This package contains 8 AARC online courses that collectively provide you with 8 CRCE!
  • AARC Explores - Pathway 3 Now Available

    Pathway 3 is now available!

    Featuring two session topics, AARC Explores Pathway 3 discusses the pros and cons of "ARDS — A Distinct Type, Different From Other Forms of ARDS” and “Understanding Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients — The Myth of Happy Hypoxics.” Sure to be a great training opportunity for your team, Pathway 3 lecturers include Jaspal Singh, MD, MS, MHA, Neil MacIntyre, MD, and Michael Lipnick, MD.

    What is AARC Explores?

    AARC Explores delivers professional, continuing education to respiratory therapy departments that is convenient, affordable, and on-demand. Departments can provide up to 10 hours of CRCE to their staff, for one low price. There’s no better way to provide department-wide education to your staff than with AARC Explores!

    How it Works

    • A department representative agrees to serve as the “proctor” and purchases either the “Series”, a “License” or “Individual Videos”.
      • Individual hospital departments may purchase the “Complete 2022 Series”.
      • Hospital/health systems may leverage their size and purchase the “Complete 2022 Series with License”.
      • Individual videos may also be purchased, but the bundled series provides the most savings.
    • Starting in March, your proctor will receive monthly access to new videos, released through December 2022.
    • These on-demand videos may be accessed by any member of the department — at one low price.
    • The proctor is responsible for maintaining a course roster for each educational video and upon completion, must submit it to the AARC for processing.
    • Course credit will automatically be applied to the CRCE Transcript for all AARC members.
  • Call for Abstracts 2022 - Deadline is one month away!

    RESPIRATORY CARE and the American Association for Respiratory Care invite you to the 68th International Respiratory Convention & Exhibition, to be held November 9–12, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Submissions are now open. The deadline to submit an abstract is June 1, 2022. No extensions will be granted. No changes may be made to the authors, presenter, or abstract after June 1, 2022.

    Abstracts are peer reviewed. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent to the contact author via email by August 20, 2022. All decisions are final and may not be appealed.

    Accepted abstracts will be published online in conjunction with the October 2022 issue of RESPIRATORY CARE. Accepted abstracts are automatically considered for American Respiratory Care Foundation fellowships

  • Registration is NOW OPEN for Summer Forum 2022

    Summer Forum 2022 (July 26-July 28)

    is coming, and we’re excited! The earlier you book, the more you save! Our Early Bird rate runs through May 24, so don’t delay!

    Spread across three days, Summer Forum includes 30 sessions filled with specially designed lectures and symposiums for RT leaders and educators. Summer Forum also offers added networking through event activities and exhibit hall browsing.

    Here’s what to expect this year

    Day 1 – July 26, 2022

    • OPENING SESSION: State of the Profession
    • SESSION TOPICS: CPGs, What Learners Need, RT-Driven Protocols, the Value of a Journal Club, Value Efficiency, Staffing Efficiency, Maximizing ROI, Helping Your Students Grow, and the Value of an RT Professional Development Program
    • SYMPOSIUM: Annual CoARC Educator Symposium

    Day 2 – July 27, 2022

    • LECTURES: Jimmy Young Memorial Lecture
    • SESSION TOPICS: Interprofessional Education, Staffing and Retention Concerns, Social Media for Educators, a Community of Inquiry, Helping Students with Interviewing and Students Helping the Bedside Therapist
    • SYMPOSIUM: RT Workforce Supply and Demand Symposium

    Day 3 – July 28, 2022

    • OPENING: Agency Update
    • SESSION TOPICS: Characteristics of Successful RC Programs, State Society Leadership Tips, and Overreaching Roles of RT Leaders
    • LECTURES: Dr H Fred Helmholtz Education Lecture
    • CLOSING CEREMONY


    Our Early Bird rate runs through May 24, so don’t delay!

  • Registration is NOW OPEN for Summer Forum 2022

    Summer Forum 2022 (July 26-28) is coming, and we’re excited! The earlier you book, the more you save! Our Early Bird rate runs through May 24, so don’t delay!

    Spread across three days, Summer Forum includes 30 sessions filled with specially designed lectures and symposiums for RT leaders and educators. Summer Forum also offers added networking through event activities and exhibit hall browsing.

    Here’s what to expect this year

    Day 1 – July 26, 2022

    • OPENING SESSION: State of the Profession
    • SESSION TOPICS: CPGs, What Learners Need, RT-Driven Protocols, the Value of a Journal Club, Value Efficiency, Staffing Efficiency, Maximizing ROI, Helping Your Students Grow, and the Value of an RT Professional Development Program
    • SYMPOSIUM: Annual CoARC Educator Symposium

    Day 2 – July 27, 2022

    • LECTURES: Jimmy Young Memorial Lecture
    • SESSION TOPICS: Interprofessional Education, Staffing and Retention Concerns, Social Media for Educators, a Community of Inquiry, Helping Students with Interviewing and Students Helping the Bedside Therapist
    • SYMPOSIUM: RT Workforce Supply and Demand Symposium

    Day 3 – July 28, 2022

    • OPENING: Agency Update
    • SESSION TOPICS: Characteristics of Successful RC Programs, State Society Leadership Tips, and Overreaching Roles of RT Leaders
    • LECTURES: Dr H Fred Helmholtz Education Lecture
    • CLOSING CEREMONY


    Our Early Bird rate runs through May 24, so don’t delay!

  • Scholarships Available for the Leadership Institute Management Track!

    The AARC is accepting applications for qualified individuals to receive a scholarship to complete the management track of the Leadership Institute. AARC will provide complimentary access to the Leadership Institute management track (value $225 each) for 365 days to the accepted applicant.
    The Leadership Institute is presented to you as a web-based course with PDF documents available for downloading. Complete the course at your individual pace, in the location that works best for you, at the time that works best for you. Below is the list of courses offered in the management track. 
    • Management Track Courses
      • Health Care Infrastructure and Economics
      • Leadership and Your Organization
      • Leadership and Your Team
      • Integrated Business Topics for Managers
      • Law and Ethics: Practice and Application
      • Managing Human Capital
      • Finance and Budgeting for Departments
      • Data Driven Performance Improvement
    • CRCE Course Offering: 15-16 hours 
  • AARC Anniversary Party Tonight!

    Last chance to register for tonight's AARC Anniversary Party celebrating 75 years!

    Tonight will be a fun evening of music, games, and the chance to win great prizes. It’s a virtual party so members across the globe can come together and celebrate. Don't miss out on joining your colleagues in celebration!

    Cheers to 75 Years!
  • Nominations for FAARC are now Open!

    Every year, select members of the respiratory care profession are honored with the Fellow of the American Respiratory Care Profession, or FAARC. Bestowed at the AARC Congress in the fall, this designation recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession in areas ranging from education to research to clinical practice and more.

    The AARC Fellowship Program was established to recognize active or associate members in good standing who have made profound and sustained contributions to the art and science of respiratory care and to the AARC.

    • Nominees must be nominated by at least two AARC members, one of which is required to be a Fellow of the AARC with membership in good standing.


    The deadline to nominate is August 15, 2022.

  • AARC Leadership Institute - Career Building Education

    The AARC Leadership Institute, designed and developed by content experts in respiratory care education, management, and research, covers a series of courses designed to provide real-world education for respiratory therapists who wish to expand their knowledge beyond the clinical realm. The information and activities in the Leadership Institute provide a foundation for future growth in your career.

    Respiratory therapy programs do a wonderful job of preparing therapists to step into roles at the bedside. But what happens if you get the opportunity to move into a managerial role, serve as a preceptor for students, or teach a class at your local school program? You may need to expand your knowledge base. That’s where the AARC’s Leadership Institute can come into play.

    The Leadership Institute Offers You Three Different Tracks of High-Quality Education:
    • Education
    • Management
    • Research

    CRCE

    Each track is composed of 6 to 8 modules each and is approved for 15-16 AARC Continuing Respiratory Care Education credits.

  • We’re Having a Party!

    Mark your calendar for Friday, April 22, 8 – 10 p.m. (CENTRAL), and get ready to celebrate the AARC’s 75th Anniversary with your colleagues and friends. It’s a virtual party so members across the globe can come together and celebrate. It’ll be a night of music, trivia, and prizes!
  • We’re Having a Party!

    Mark your calendar for Friday, April 22, 8 – 10 p.m. (CENTRAL), and get ready to celebrate the AARC’s 75th Anniversary with your colleagues and friends. It’s a virtual party so members across the globe can come together and celebrate. It’ll be a night of music, trivia, and prizes!
    Cheers to 75 Years!
  • AARC Exam Prep to the Rescue

    Are you preparing for the NBRC Exams? If so, the AARC is here to help. You can earn up to 31 CRCE credits for your studying by taking the AARC Exam Prep course!

    How does it work? You will be able to take a post-course quiz for each of the Exam Prep seminars in AARC University. You select and take one of the Therapist Multiple Choice and/or Clinical Simulation self-assessment exams. You will receive your results from the NBRC so that you have any idea of your strengths and weaknesses.  Your next step is to access the My Programs page in AARC University, where the Exam Prep seminars and videos are available for you. View them all or just the ones related to the topics you need to study the most. Each course correlates to the NBRC exam matrix, plus a course on Test Taking Strategies for both the Therapist Multiple Choice Exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam. 

    You won’t find these videos anywhere else! We wish you all the best during your exams this year. 

  • AARC Explores - Pathway 2 Now Available

    Pathway 2: New Frontiers in COPD Treatment

    The last few years have seen great new strides in COPD care, from new medications to interventional procedures. This program will review some of the latest innovations now available for people living with chronic obstruction, as well as a preview of new innovations on the horizon.

    What is AARC Explores?

    AARC Explores delivers professional, continuing education to respiratory therapy departments that is convenient, affordable, and on-demand. Departments can provide up to 10 hours of CRCE to their staff, for one low price. There’s no better way to provide department-wide education to your staff than with AARC Explores!

    How it Works

    • A department representative agrees to serve as the “proctor” and purchases either the “Series”, a “License” or “Individual Videos”.
      • Individual hospital departments may purchase the “Complete 2022 Series”.
      • Hospital/health systems may leverage their size and purchase the “Complete 2022 Series with License”.
      • Individual videos may also be purchased, but the bundled series provides the most savings.
    • Starting in March, your proctor will receive monthly access to new videos, released through December 2022.
    • These on-demand videos may be accessed by any member of the department — at one low price.
    • The proctor is responsible for maintaining a course roster for each educational video and upon completion, must submit it to the AARC for processing.
    • Course credit will automatically be applied to the CRCE Transcript for all AARC members.
  • Call for Abstracts 2022

    RESPIRATORY CARE and the American Association for Respiratory Care invite you to the 68th International Respiratory Convention & Exhibition, to be held November 9–12, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Submissions are now open. The deadline to submit an abstract is June 1, 2022. No extensions will be granted. No changes may be made to the authors, presenter, or abstract after June 1, 2022.

    Abstracts are peer reviewed. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent to the contact author via email by August 20, 2022. All decisions are final and may not be appealed.

    Accepted abstracts will be published online in conjunction with the October 2022 issue of RESPIRATORY CARE. Accepted abstracts are automatically considered for American Respiratory Care Foundation fellowships

  • Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action

    Today is Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action! Are you planning on spreading awareness of the damage tobacco has on health? Learn more about the day and help us #TakeDownTobacco!
  • AARC Health Tips Available

    Prepare your patients with important health tips to help manage sleep apnea, allergies, asthma, and more with these AARC resources!

    Brochures cover topics ranging from:

      • the importance of quitting smoking
      • dealing with asthma 
      • living with COPD
      • allergies, and more!
  • AARC Leadership Institute - High-Quality Career Building Education

    The AARC Leadership Institute, designed and developed by content experts in respiratory care education, management, and research, covers a series of courses designed to provide real-world education for respiratory therapists who wish to expand their knowledge beyond the clinical realm. The information and activities in the Leadership Institute provide a foundation for future growth in your career.

    Respiratory therapy programs do a wonderful job of preparing therapists to step into roles at the bedside. But what happens if you get the opportunity to move into a managerial role, serve as a preceptor for students, or teach a class at your local school program? You may need to expand your knowledge base. That’s where the AARC’s Leadership Institute can come into play.

    The Leadership Institute Offers You Three Different Tracks of High-Quality Education:
    • Education
    • Management
    • Research

    CRCE

    Each track is composed of 6 to 8 modules each and is approved for 15-16 AARC Continuing Respiratory Care Education credits.

  • Scholarships Available for the Leadership Institute Management Track!

    The AARC is accepting applications for qualified individuals to receive a scholarship to complete the management track of the Leadership Institute. AARC will provide complimentary access to the Leadership Institute management track (value $225 each) for 365 days to the accepted applicant.
    The Leadership Institute is presented to you as a web-based course with PDF documents available for downloading. Complete the course at your individual pace, in the location that works best for you, at the time that works best for you. Below is the list of courses offered in the management track. 
    • Management Track Courses
      • Health Care Infrastructure and Economics
      • Leadership and Your Organization
      • Leadership and Your Team
      • Integrated Business Topics for Managers
      • Law and Ethics: Practice and Application
      • Managing Human Capital
      • Finance and Budgeting for Departments
      • Data Driven Performance Improvement
    • CRCE Course Offering: 15-16 hours 
  • AARC Explores - Pathway 1 Now Available

    Pathway 1: Neuromodulation for Sleep Disordered Breathing

    This presentation will discuss hypoglossal nerve stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea and phrenic nerve stimulation for central sleep apnea.

    What is AARC Explores?

    AARC Explores delivers professional, continuing education to respiratory therapy departments that is convenient, affordable, and on-demand. Departments can provide up to 10 hours of CRCE to their staff, for one low price. There’s no better way to provide department-wide education to your staff than with AARC Explores!

    How it Works

    • A department representative agrees to serve as the “proctor” and purchases either the “Series”, a “License” or “Individual Videos”.
      • Individual hospital departments may purchase the “Complete 2022 Series”.
      • Hospital/health systems may leverage their size and purchase the “Complete 2022 Series with License”.
      • Individual videos may also be purchased, but the bundled series provides the most savings.
    • Starting in March, your proctor will receive monthly access to new videos, released through December 2022.
    • These on-demand videos may be accessed by any member of the department — at one low price.
    • The proctor is responsible for maintaining a course roster for each educational video and upon completion, must submit it to the AARC for processing.
    • Course credit will automatically be applied to the CRCE Transcript for all AARC members.
  • Call for Abstracts 2022

    RESPIRATORY CARE and the American Association for Respiratory Care invite you to the 68th International Respiratory Convention & Exhibition, to be held November 9–12, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Submissions are now open. The deadline to submit an abstract is June 1, 2022. No extensions will be granted. No changes may be made to the authors, presenter, or abstract after June 1, 2022.

    Abstracts are peer reviewed. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent to the contact author via email by August 20, 2022. All decisions are final and may not be appealed.

    Accepted abstracts will be published online in conjunction with the October 2022 issue of RESPIRATORY CARE. Accepted abstracts are automatically considered for American Respiratory Care Foundation fellowships

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week | March 14-21 | Course Available

    Chronic lung disease patients depend on respiratory therapists to get them through the acute exacerbations caused by their conditions. But these patients need RTs to help them after the acute episode is over too, and that’s where pulmonary rehabilitation comes into play.

    These life-enhancing programs show patients how they can live well despite chronic lung disease and, increasingly, they are being credited with keeping patients healthy and out of the costly acute care setting.

    In honor of the upcoming Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, consider earning a specialized certificate in Pulmonary Rehabilitation by taking the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate Course! This course offers 12 CRCE credit hours.

  • AARC Health Tips Available

    Prepare your patients with important health tips to help manage sleep apnea, allergies, asthma, and more with these AARC resources!

    Brochures cover topics ranging from:

      • the importance of quitting smoking
      • dealing with asthma 
      • living with COPD
      • allergies, and more!


  • AARC Leadership Institute - Career Building Education

    The AARC Leadership Institute, designed and developed by content experts in respiratory care education, management, and research, covers a series of courses designed to provide real-world education for respiratory therapists who wish to expand their knowledge beyond the clinical realm. The information and activities in the Leadership Institute provide a foundation for future growth in your career.

    Respiratory therapy programs do a wonderful job of preparing therapists to step into roles at the bedside. But what happens if you get the opportunity to move into a managerial role, serve as a preceptor for students, or teach a class at your local school program? You may need to expand your knowledge base. That’s where the AARC’s Leadership Institute can come into play.

    The Leadership Institute Offers You Three Different Tracks of High-Quality Education:
    • Education
    • Management
    • Research

    CRCE

    Each track is composed of 6 to 8 modules each and is approved for 15-16 AARC Continuing Respiratory Care Education credits.

  • Introducing AARC Explores!

    Looking for team training? Introducing AARC Explores, a 10-video annual educational series that offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care. The complete series is now available for purchase! 

    What is AARC Explores?

    AARC Explores delivers professional, continuing education to respiratory therapy departments that is convenient, affordable, and on-demand. Departments can provide up to 10 hours of CRCE to their staff, for one low price. There’s no better way to provide department-wide education to your staff than with AARC Explores!

    How it Works

    • A department representative agrees to serve as the “proctor” and purchases either the “Series”, a “License” or “Individual Videos”.
      • Individual hospital departments may purchase the “Complete 2022 Series”.
      • Hospital/health systems may leverage their size and purchase the “Complete 2022 Series with License”.
      • Individual videos may also be purchased, but the bundled series provides the most savings.
    • Starting in March, your proctor will receive monthly access to new videos, released through December 2022.
    • These on-demand videos may be accessed by any member of the department — at one low price.
    • The proctor is responsible for maintaining a course roster for each educational video and upon completion, must submit it to the AARC for processing.
    • Course credit will automatically be applied to the CRCE Transcript for all AARC members.


  • Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week - CHD Course Open

    According to Project Heart, CHD is the world’s most common birth defect, affecting 1.35 million infants every year worldwide. In honor of Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week, strengthen your team's knowledge of Congenital Heart Defects by taking this #CHD course! 🍎
    Course topics include:
    • Introduction to Congenital Heart Defects
    • Increased Pulmonary Blood Flow (Left-to-Right Shunt)
    • Decreased Pulmonary Blood Flow (Right-to-Left Shunt)
    • Mixed Pulmonary Blood Flow
    • Left Side Obstructive Lesions, and 
    • Cardiorespiratory Interactions: The Heart-Lung Connection
  • Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching for the Leadership Institute!

    The scholarship application deadline is approaching for the Leadership Institute!

    Qualified applicants are invited to submit a scholarship application for the education or research track of the Leadership Institute. The AARC will provide complimentary access to the Leadership Institute education
    or research track (AARC member value $225 each) for 365 days to three selected applicants. Each track is approved for 15-16 CRCEs! 

    The deadline to submit your scholarship application is February 17, 2022.
  • New Nutritional Guide Available

    The newest edition of the Nutritional Guide is still available for purchase! The AARC has published the updated second edition of the nutritional guide for the assessment and treatment of the critically ill patient. As the role of the respiratory therapist emerges in the critical care area to include indirect calorimetry monitoring and testing, this guide will serve as an excellent resource to provide better understanding of the nutritional implications that drive metabolic testing and the subsequent treatment recommendations that come as a result of the extrapolated data. 
  • Call for Abstracts 2022

    RESPIRATORY CARE and the American Association for Respiratory Care invite you to the 68th International Respiratory Convention & Exhibition, to be held November 9–12, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Submissions are now open. The deadline to submit an abstract is June 1, 2022. No extensions will be granted. No changes may be made to the authors, presenter, or abstract after June 1, 2022.

    Abstracts are peer reviewed. Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be sent to the contact author via email by August 20, 2022. All decisions are final and may not be appealed.

    Accepted abstracts will be published online in conjunction with the October 2022 issue of RESPIRATORY CARE. Accepted abstracts are automatically considered for American Respiratory Care Foundation fellowships

  • Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for the Leadership Institute Management Track!

    The AARC is now accepting applications for qualified individuals to receive a scholarship to complete the management track of the Leadership Institute. AARC will provide complimentary access to the Leadership Institute management track (value $225 each) for 365 days to the accepted applicant.
  • Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2022 OPEN FORUM

    For more than four decades, respiratory therapists and their colleagues have been presenting original research in the AARC OPEN FORUM. The FORUM offers everyone from seasoned investigators to first-time researchers a place to showcase their work. Presenters have the options of posters-only sessions, poster discussion sessions, and an Editors’ Choice session featuring the top abstracts submitted that year. 

    Please consider sharing your research during this year's OPEN FORUM. The deadline to submit abstracts for this year’s FORUM in New Orleans, LA is June 1, 2022. Begin preparing your abstract today. 

  • Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for the Leadership Institute!

    Qualified applicants are now invited to submit a scholarship application for the education or research track of the Leadership Institute. The AARC will provide complimentary access to the Leadership Institute education or research track (AARC member value $225 each) for 365 days to three selected applicants. Selected applicants will be allowed to select a #scholarship for either the #education or the #research track of the Leadership Institute! Each track is approved for 15-16 CRCEs! 
  • AARC Congress 2021 LIVE! On-Demand Access now Available

    Thank you to all who attended Congress 2021 LIVE! The Congress 2021 LIVE! sessions are now available on demand. All attendees who paid for the Full Bundle or Single Day registration have On-Demand Access aligned with their purchase. If you did not attend Congress 2021 LIVE!, you can still purchase the On-Demand Access to the event. 
  • Delay in January and February Billing Statements

    If your membership expires in January or February, your billing statement will arrive a little later than usual. Consistent with general mail delays across the U.S., the AARC has been notified to expect delayed delivery of our outgoing mail. If you would like to renew in advance of receiving your renewal notice, contact customer service at 972-243-2272. Thank you for your membership. For questions, contact info@aarc.org.
  • 2 Days Left to Submit Proposals!

    The deadline for proposals is almost here! Send in yours by January 6, 2022, 11:59 PM CST.

    Is there a topic you feel is vital for the profession? Let us know! Send your proposal for 2022 Summer Forum and Congress.

    These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

    • Home Care
    • Pulmonary Rehab
    • Nicotine Dependence
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Ethics
    • Transport
    • Diagnostics
    • Patient Safety
    • COVID-19

    Join us for 2022 Summer Forum and Congress on these dates:
    • Summer Forum: July 26-28, 2022 (Tues – Thur) in Palm Springs, CA*
    • Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2022 (Tues – Fri) in New Orleans, LA*

    • A Message from the AARC President

      Dear Members,

      We have received several comments describing concerns related to the implementation of The American Heart Association's (AHA) Interim Guideline related to the initiation of CPR for patients with COVID-19.

      We share your concerns, and met with representatives of AHA yesterday to discuss them. Please be advised that AHA is undertaking an expedited process to revise the Guideline. We hope to review the revisions early next week. Once finalized, we will advise you of the revised Interim Guideline, which we hope will address your concerns.

      The welfare of your patients; but also your safety, is important to us. I know you are going above and beyond to help our patients. Thank you for your sacrifice and for putting patients first.

      Sincerely,

      Sheri Tooley, BSRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC

      AARC President & CEO

    • Deadline Approaching for 2022 Request for Proposals

      Do you want to present at the 2022 AARC Congress or Summer Forum? Now is the time to send in your proposal for individual lectures or symposia for next year's meetings! Proposals should focus on the practice of cardiorespiratory care. 

      Please submit proposals on topics you feel are most vital to the profession. The deadline to submit is January 6, 2022, 11:59 PM CST.

      Event dates are listed below for reference.
      • AARC Summer Forum: July 26-28, 2022 (Tues. – Thur.) in Palm Springs, CA
      • AARC Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2022 (Tues. – Fri.) in New Orleans, LA


      These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

      • Home Care
      • Transport
      • Pulmonary Rehab
      • Diagnostics
      • Nicotine Dependence
      • COVID-19
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Patient Safety
      • Ethics

      We welcome and encourage new and experienced presenters alike to submit proposals!
    • 2022 | Get Ready to Explore...

      The educational 8-video annual Current Topics in Respiratory Care series, has taken on a new life. In March of 2022 say hello to AARC Explores, a 10-video annual series that offers an in-depth exploration of recent scientific advancements in respiratory care.  
    • eBooks are Available for Purchase!

      Are you looking for educational resources for the new year? Take advantage of our collection of #educational eBooks! These eBooks provide the best collection of papers from the respiratory care journal, bonus content from symposium, and what's new in HFNC!
    • AutoPay Feature Available to Members

      As we end this year, we would like to thank all of our 2021 AARC members! The AARC appreciates all of our members dedication and contributions to the respiratory therapy profession. 

      Now that 2022 is almost here, it is time to think about your annual membership renewal. This year AARC has made it easier than ever to renew your membership with the Autopay feature. Don't loose access to your AARC benefits - sign up for Autopay, today!
    • Deadline Extended for 2022 Request for Proposals

      Do you want to present at the 2022 AARC Congress or Summer Forum? Now is the time to send in your proposal for individual lectures or symposia for next year's meetings! Proposals should focus on the practice of cardiorespiratory care. 

      Please submit proposals on topics you feel are most vital to the profession. The deadline to submit has been extended to January 6, 2022, 11:59 PM CST.

      Event dates are listed below for reference.
      • AARC Summer Forum: July 26-28, 2022 (Tues. – Thur.) in Palm Springs, CA
      • AARC Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2022 (Tues. – Fri.) in New Orleans, LA


      These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

      • Home Care
      • Transport
      • Pulmonary Rehab
      • Diagnostics
      • Nicotine Dependence
      • COVID-19
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Patient Safety
      • Ethics

      We welcome and encourage new and experienced presenters alike to submit proposals.
    • 2021 RC Course Packages and Re-Credentialing Course Packages Available

      Are you still in need of CRCE? If so, explore AARC University’s Respiratory Care Course Packages and Re-Credentialing Course Packages! These packages are designed to help you earn CRCEs easily and efficiently. We have courses for those that hold specialty credentials or provide care for mechanically ventilated patients or patients with asthma or COPD. For your additional benefit, we also offer re-credentialing courses in Neo-Peds, Adult Acute, and Pulmonary Function Technology!

    • New Nutritional Guide Available

      The newest edition of the Nutritional Guide is now available! The AARC has published the updated second edition of the nutritional guide for the assessment and treatment of the critically ill patient. ✅ 
    • Reminder: the Deadline is Approaching for 2022 Request for Proposals

      Do you want to present at the 2022 AARC Congress or Summer Forum? Now is the time to send in your proposal for individual lectures or symposia for next year's meetings! Proposals should focus on the practice of cardiorespiratory care. 

      Please submit proposals on topics you feel are most vital to the profession. As a reminder, the deadline to submit
       your proposal is Dec. 17, 2021.
      Event dates are listed below for reference.
      • AARC Summer Forum: July 26-28, 2022 (Tues. – Thur.) in Palm Springs, CA
      • AARC Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2022 (Tues. – Fri.) in New Orleans, LA


      These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

      • Home Care
      • Transport
      • Pulmonary Rehab
      • Diagnostics
      • Nicotine Dependence
      • COVID-19
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Patient Safety
      • Ethics

      We welcome new and experienced presenters alike to submit proposals.
    • Deadline Approaching for 2022 Request for Proposals

      Do you want to present at the 2022 AARC Congress or Summer Forum? Now is the time to send in your proposal for individual lectures or symposia for next year's meetings! Proposals should focus on the practice of cardiorespiratory care. 

      Please submit proposals on topics you feel are most vital to the profession. As a reminder, the deadline to submit
       your proposal is Dec. 17, 2021.
      Event dates are listed below for reference.
      • AARC Summer Forum: July 26-28, 2022 (Tues. – Thur.) in Palm Springs, CA
      • AARC Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2022 (Tues. – Fri.) in New Orleans, LA


      These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

      • Home Care
      • Transport
      • Pulmonary Rehab
      • Diagnostics
      • Nicotine Dependence
      • COVID-19
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Patient Safety
      • Ethics

      We welcome new and experienced presenters alike to submit proposals.
    • AARC Annual Business Meeting

      Register today in order to attend the annual AARC Business Meeting. The meeting is virtual and it is free to attend. The meeting will be taking place Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6PM CST.
    • FREE Concert to Celebrate COPD Awareness Month

      In honor of #COPDAwarenessMonth, Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Earle, will be performing in a FREE, virtual concert on Friday, Nov. 19 at 9PM EST.
    • Now Accepting 2022 Request for Proposals

      Do you want to present at the 2022 AARC Congress or Summer Forum? Now is the time to send in your proposal for individual lectures or symposia for next year's meetings! Proposals should focus on the practice of cardiorespiratory care. 

      Please submit proposals on topics you feel are most vital to the profession. The deadline to submit
      your proposal is Dec. 17, 2021.
      Event dates are listed below for reference.
      • AARC Summer Forum: July 26-28, 2022 (Tues. – Thur.) in Palm Springs, CA
      • AARC Congress: Nov. 6-9, 2022 (Tues. – Fri.) in New Orleans, LA


      These educational events are multi-disciplinary and cover educational content important to all specialties within the profession. In addition to Adult-Acute Care, Neo/Peds, Management, and Education, the Program Committees is seeking content specific to the following categories:

      • Home Care
      • Transport
      • Pulmonary Rehab
      • Diagnostics
      • Nicotine Dependence
      • COVID-19
      • Sleep Disorders
      • Patient Safety
      • Ethics

      We welcome new and experienced presenters alike to submit proposals.
    • AARConnect Maintenance

      Our vendor will be performing scheduled maintenance on August 20 from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM ET / 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM PT.  AARConnect may experience sporadic connectivity during this maintenance window.

      Thank you for your patience during this time!

    • Congress 2021 Face-to-Face Event Moves to Virtual Platform

      After careful consideration of the persistence of the pandemic, and out of the abundance of caution for our attendees, the American Association for Respiratory Care must cancel face-to-face participation in AARC Congress 2021. Attendee health and safety remain a top concern.

      We will continue to rely on our robust virtual meeting platform for this years event, in order that all attendees have access to our top-notch program planned for this year.

      As much as we want to meet again in-person, now is still not the time. With many of our members working on the front lines, we want to help ensure their safety and provide flexibility during this challenging time.

      We are working to bring you a great virtual learning and networking opportunity this December. Ensuring a Congress 2021 educational and interactive event is vital to the growth of our profession.

      Congress LIVE! Learning in a Virtual Environment will take place across four days: December 1, 3, 7, and 9. Congress LIVE! will include learning sessions across all subject areas, our annual plenaries, virtual exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and games. Stay tuned for registration details coming in the next month.

      We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during the pandemic. Thank you for all you are doing for our patients.

      For questions, please contact lanny.inabnit@aarc.org.

      Sincerely,

      Lanny Inabnit

      AARC Vice President of Education and Meetings

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Will there still be a 2021 Congress?

      Yes, we will have a virtual meeting. We will share more details about registration, speakers, and topics as they become available. Meanwhile, we encourage all members to monitor the AARC website and AARC News for more information.

      Will the cost of registration be the same?

      Registration fees have not yet been identified. Were quickly working on the details of the event and will open registration as soon as possible. We encourage all members to monitor the AARC website and AARC News for more information.

      Will there be a virtual exhibit hall?

      Yes. A virtual exhibit hall will be available in conjunction with the virtual event.

      How many continuing respiratory care education credits will be offered with the virtual event?

      The agenda for the virtual meeting has not yet been finalized, thus we do not know the number of hours of continuing education that will be offered in conjunction with the virtual event. We will release this information on the AARC website as soon as it becomes available.

      Will there be a Sputum Bowl event?

      No. The 2021 Sputum Bowl competition is cancelled and will resume in 2022.

      Will I be able to ask questions during live presentations?

      Yes. The virtual event will offer traditional, live, continuing education. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and ask questions.

    • Nominations for FAARC End This Week

      Every year, select members of the respiratory care profession are honored with the Fellow of the American Respiratory Care Profession, or FAARC. Bestowed at the AARC Congress in the fall, this designation recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession in areas ranging from education to research to clinical practice and more.

      The AARC Fellowship Program was established to recognize active or associate members in good standing who have made profound and sustained contributions to the art and science of respiratory care and to the AARC.

      Nominations for this year's Fellowship Program will end on August 13, 2021. 

    • Respiratory Care Week 2021

      Celebrate Respiratory Care Week 2021 (Oct. 24–30) and let your community, patients, and colleagues know how vital you are to patient care. Visit the RC Week store to get started and plan your celebration. 



    • #RTSTRONG | New Videos Highlight Respiratory Therapy as Essential to Patient Care

      The AARC, in partnership with Medtronic, developed two special videos to highlight the profession and the work respiratory therapists do each day. It also serves as a call to our communities to take time to thank a respiratory therapist.

      The AARC asks that you share these videos on your social channels. It is our hope that the videos will help increase community awareness of the profession and highlight the essential role the respiratory therapist has played in patient care, during COVID-19 and beyond.

    • Safe & Effective Staffing Guide

      For over 30 years, the AARC has published the Uniform Reporting Manual (URM), with the 5th edition published in 2012. This tool has served RT leaders for decades in utilizing time standards for the most common clinical activities as the hallmark to measuring productivity.

      However, measuring productivity alone is no longer relevant if the procedures they deliver are not clinically indicated or driven by evidence-based practice.

      As a result, the AARC has expanded and re-branded the URM to the “Safe & Effective Staffing Guide: Achieving Your Mission to Deliver Value-Based Respiratory Care Services.” Known as “The Guide” (or the SESG), this rebranded tool offers many of the same benefits of the URM; however, The Guide expands upon those to meet the 21st century needs of today’s RT leaders.