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About the Asthma Educator Institute

The American Lung Association developed the Asthma Educator Institute (AEI), a two-day preparatory course for the National Asthma Education Certification Board (NAECB) exam. The curriculum reflects the detailed content outline delineated in the NAECB Certified Asthma Educator candidate book (see for details). AEI includes hands-on skills, demonstrations, and practice as well as evaluation tests to measure increase in knowledge and skills.

Who Should Attend?

Respiratory therapists, nurses and other health care professionals with a keen interest in developing skills as an asthma educator and/or would like to prepare for the NAECB exam. Licensed or credentialed health care professionals or individuals with 1,000 hours experience in asthma education, counseling or coordination services are eligible to take the exam.

Course Objectives & Agenda

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the components of asthma education: lung pathophysiology, assessment of physical status, environmental factors, barriers to adherence and pharmacological interventions.
  • Design asthma management and education plans for individuals in a variety of situations.
  • Teach individuals how to manage their asthma using appropriate devices and techniques.
  • Pursue national certification through NAECB.

Topics To Be Covered

  • Asthma Overview: Definition, pathophysiology and role of inflammation
  • Factors Contributing to Asthma Exacerbations: Allergens, irritants, and environmental factors.
  • •Patient history and physical assessment
  • Case studies using spirometry
  • Pharmacologic management of asthma
  • Barriers to adherence and compliance
  • Asthma Action Plan: Management plan development
  • Your role as an asthma educator
  • NAECB preparation.


Day 1
Thursday, May 15

Day 2
Friday, May 16

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 Welcome

8:30 Pre-test

9:00 Introduction

9:30 Education Principals for a Partnership in Asthma Care

10:30 Break

10:45 Asthma Overview

11:30 Factors Contributing to Asthma Exacerbations

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:15 Asthma Management: Pharmacological Therapy

2:45 Break

3:00 Case Studies Using Spirometry

3:45–4:00 Wrap Up


8:00 a.m. Review of the Day

8:15 Asthma Medicine Devices and

9:45 Patient and Family Assessment

11:15 Break

11:30 Barriers to Adherence and Compliance
 Behavioral, Cultural, and Other Challenges

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:15 Asthma Action Plan: Management
Plan Development

2:45 Break

3:00 Your Role as an Asthma Educator:
Professional Issues/Practices

3:15 Exam Preparation

3:45–4:15 Post-Test and Evaluation

Continuing Education Accreditation

Application has been submitted to the Connecticut Nurses' Association for approval of continuing nursing education credit (Contact Hours).
CNA is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
"Application has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists"
To receive Continuing Education Credits, you must attend all sessions, both days.

The fee for this two day session is $250 per person.

The program will be held at:

Mystic Hilton
20 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT

May 15  8am to 4pm
May 16 8am to 4:15pm

To register online, click the "Register Now" button at top or this link.

To register with a check or money order payment (Payable to American Lung Association), download and complete this registration form and mail to:

American Lung Association
45 Ash St.
East Hartford, CT 06108