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Online Respiratory Care: Continuing Education Courses

You can find many online respiratory care courses that count towards your state's annual or bi-annual CE requirements for maintaining licensure, registration or certification. Keep reading to learn how online classes work and how you can use them to advance your respiratory care career.

What Kind of Courses Will I Take?

Professional organizations like the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) may offer a variety of online CE courses to respiratory care professionals, with discounted or free courses for their members. Some organizations offer online courses that have been approved by the AARC; CE classes may also be available through a few universities. You may take some or all of the following courses in your continuing educational studies:

Mechanical Ventilation

Mechanical ventilation is an important lifesaving technique that will stabilize the patient's breathing until a physician can step in and provide treatment. This course teaches the concepts of this technique, and students may learn the basic principles of mechanical ventilation, the treatment options available, and the expected outcomes from the different modes of delivery.

Asthma Care

Learning to care for asthma patients is an important aspect in the career of a respiratory therapist. This continuing education course may instruct respiratory therapists on the different asthma treatment options available, explain how to control the home environment to minimize triggers, and teach the skills needed to educate patients so they are well versed in understanding and controlling their condition.

Pediatric Care

This course may help you learn various pediatric respiratory care techniques such as the assessment of the pediatric airway prior to the bag-mouth-mask ventilation. You may also learn about non-invasive pediatric ventilation techniques including the challenges associated with this, as well as compliance standards.

Adult Critical Care

If you plan to work in an emergency room or urgent care type of environment, you may benefit from taking a course in Adult Critical Care. This course will teach you about lifesaving respiratory care management as well as critical care techniques to prepare for different types of emergency situations.

Pulmonary Function

This course is designed to help you master various techniques in lung function testing. The course may help you identify the major muscles used in breathing through the inhale/exhale process. You may also learn about diffusing capacity testing as well as the equipment necessary to perform this, as well as identifying the correct process for testing and analyzing test results.

How Do I Earn CE Credits Through Online Courses?

Online respiratory care CE courses are often self-guided and based on written or multimedia materials that you can download or stream. You may need to register with the CE provider and take an exam covering the course content in order to receive continuing education credit. You can often complete a CE course in a few hours.

How Do Online Classes Work?

Courses are usually delivered through a classroom management system that allows students to view reading materials, access instructor lectures and submit assignments. You'll use discussion forums and e-mail to communicate with professors as well as classmates. A computer with high-speed Internet access is required in order to participate; software programs like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint may be required as well.