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American Lung Association in South Dakota

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Fort Pierre — Conference Center
312 Island Drive
Fort Pierre, SD   57532

April 28 - 29, 2014

The Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day course to teach healthcare professionals how to help asthma patients manage their illness. Many participants go on to take National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination to become certified asthma educators. The American Lung Association Asthma Educator Institute was developed in January of 2003 and has been updated to reflect the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

The curriculum covers the content outlined in the NAECB Candidate Handbook and includes case reviews, hands-on skills demonstration and practice. The course is delivered by local asthma experts, including Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C).

Who: This workshop is designed for nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physicians and other credentialed professionals who have experience working with patients with asthma.

When: April 28-29, 2014

            AmericInn Lodge & Suites Fort Pierre — Conference Center
            312 Island Drive
            Fort Pierre, SD   57532
            Phone 605-223-2358
            Lodging rooms available at a rate of $89.99+tax/night.


    » Registration- $250 (before April 18, 2014)
    » Registration with Asthma Flipchart- $350 (before April 18, 2014)
    » Late Registration- $275 (after April 18, 2014)
    » Late Registration with Asthma Flipchart- $375 (after April 18, 2014)

What is a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C)?
A certified asthma educator (AE-C) is someone who qualifies for and passes the exam developed and administered by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB). The exam for national certification of asthma educators has been administered since September 2002 and is delivered via computer at over 110 locations throughout the United States. The examination is based upon seven major content areas. Each of the content areas is briefly described, followed by an outline included topics, in the NAECB candidate handbook. In addition, the number of test items devoted to each major content area is noted. The examination is composed of 175 items. (150 scored items, 25 pre-test items).

The following currently licensed or credentialed healthcare professionals may be admitted to the examination: Physicians (MD, DO), Physician Assistants (PA-C), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Nurses (RN, LPN), Respiratory Therapists (RRT, CRT), Pulmonary Function Technologists (CPFT, RPFT), Pharmacists (RPh), Social Workers (CSW), Health Educators (CHES), Physical Therapists (PT), Occupational Therapists (OT).  In addition, individuals providing asthma education, counseling or coordinating services with a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in these activities will also be admitted to the exam. For information about eligibility, fees, and registration for the exam, please visit

Benefits of the Asthma Educator Institute
Education for patients, their families and healthcare providers is a crucial part of good asthma control. The American Lung Association course content is based on the NAECB exam matrix and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    » Discuss the pathophysiology of the asthma condition
    » Identify factors contributing to acute and chronic asthma
    Describe patient and family assessments related to asthma care
    Discuss steps in the development, implementation and evaluation of an asthma management plan
    Describe medications used in asthma management
    Observe and demonstrate selected procedures in asthma assessment and care
    Identify behavioral and environmental modifications in the management of asthma
    Discuss patient and family assessments related to educational needs
    Describe organizational issues (program outcomes, referral & networking) in asthma care

Registration Deadline: 
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Full payment must be received with your registration. Online registration or Mail/ Fax registration available by clicking on website sidebar tabs.

Cancellation Policy: 
Registration fee refundable, less a $25 processing fee, prior to April 18, 2013.   No refunds after April 18, 2013.  Substitutions are permitted. Confirmations will be sent by email.

Clinical Asthma Education Flipchart:
A new clinical asthma education resource is now available from the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. The "Controlling Asthma: What you need to know" flipchart is perfect for providing comprehensive, coordinated education to patients with asthma and their families. All ages of patients with asthma, from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds, are shown throughout the flipchart. Tips on how to apply asthma management tools to the patient's daily life, camera-ready take-home materials and guidance for appropriate and legal asthma services coding are also included. This educational tool will be available to you for $100 if you purchase it with your registration or during the Asthma Educator Certificate Course. For those who purchase it, the flipchart will be given to you at the course. 

Continuing Education Credits:
This Asthma Educator Institute is designed to meet continuing education requirements for a variety of healthcare professionals. Presenter objectives, qualifications and a certificate of attendance will be available for nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and others desiring continuing education credits.

Respiratory Care
This activity was approved for respiratory therapists for up to 12 CEU hours by the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners at the March 13, 2014, meeting of the Board.

The activity was designed to meet the needs of the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 14.4 contact hours.  It is the licensee's responsibility to determine whether a current nursing certificate, a continuing education activity, or a professional activity meets the continuing education requirements.

Please dress comfortably. Business casual is welcome. Since conference rooms can vary in temperature, you may want to dress in layers.

For information about scholarships available for tribal healthcare professionals, contact Cheryl Sasse at 651-223-9565 or  

For additional information or questions, contact Cheryl Sasse at 651-223-9565 or