The NBRC recently submitted a letter to AASM to officially recognize the NBRC’s Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination in its Standards for Accreditation for Sleep Disorders Centers. The CRT-SDS and RRT-SDS credentials are recognized in the AASM’s Standards for Accreditation of Out of Center Sleep Testing (OCST) in Adult Patients. Standard B-8 of the OCST standards did not specify credentials for “Technical Personnel;” however, standard B-9, “Scoring Personnel,” does reference respiratory therapists who hold the NBRC’s specialty credential.
Specifically, the letter requested that the AASM modify the language of Standards B-7 and B-8 of the general accreditation standards to recognize respiratory therapists who have earned the CRT-SDS and/or RRT-SDS credentials as qualified to supervise a sleep testing center in an accredited facility.
We are happy to report a response has been received from the AASM and their Board of Directors approved our request to modify the language of the AASM Standards for Accreditation to recognize respiratory therapists who have earned the CRT-SDS and/or RRT-SDS credentials. Specifically, Standard B-8 will be revised to indicate that the NBRC’s Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination is an equivalent examination accepted by the AASM.
Effective August 1, 2011, all NBRC examination questions containing content regarding CPR will reflect the new American Heart Association CPR standards that were issued in early 2011. For more information on the new standards, please visit the AHA website at www.heart.org.
A Self-Assessment Examination for Respiratory Therapists Specializing in Adult Critical Care developed for the upcoming specialty examination is now available. You may purchase this new SAE by clicking here.
As a result of extensive, ongoing internal research the NBRC conducts regarding testing and measurement, the Board of Trustees voted at its December 2011 meeting to evaluate implementing significant changes to the respiratory therapy credentialing system beginning in 2015. These changes are coincidental with, and not in response to information arising from the Respiratory Care 2015 and Beyond process. To date, none of the recommendations from the third conference relative to credentialing have been acted upon by the AARC Board of Directors. Changes will include a single multiple choice examination with separate passing points for the CRT credential and eligibility for the Clinical Simulation Examination which will include a larger number of shorter simulation problems. Details regarding these significant changes will be announced during the Jimmy Young Memorial Lecture at the AARC Summer Forum in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 15, 2012.
A webinar hosted by Robert Shaw, PhD, RRT, FAARC that details the basics of writing examination questions, is available to view in the document library.
Online and paper applications are now being accepted for the new Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination that is set to launch July 17, 2012! Prior to final scoring of the credentialing examination for Adult Critical Care Specialists, the examination items and resulting statistics will be reviewed to ensure that examination scores are accurate. Until this information is finalized, pass/fail status will not be reported to candidates at the time of examination.
As incentive for candidates to register and attempt the examination so the scoring process may be completed in a timely manner, the NBRC is offering a free ACCS Self-Assessment Examination (SAE) to candidates who schedule and attempt the ACCS Examination before September 1, 2012.
The NBRC presentation from the 2012 Jimmy A. Young Presentation at AARC's Summer Forum is now available for review in the Document Library.
The Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination lauched Tuesday, July 17. Applicants are now able to sit for the examination. Any applicants who are found eligible and schedule to test before 9/1/2012 will receive the ACCS Self-Assessment Examination for free (a $40 value)! Candidates can visit the ACCS page for more information on this new examination program.
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day and will reopen on Tuesday, October 9.
The scoring process has been completed for the Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination and instant scores will be provided at the Assessment Center Network beginning October 10, 2012. The score reports for candidates who tested from July 17 to September 15 will be mailed on October 1.
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will reopen on Monday, November 26. Have a wonderful holiday!
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed Monday, December 24-Wednesday, December 26 in observance of the holiday. The office will reopen on Thursday, December 27. The NBRC wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed Monday, December 31-Tuesday, January 1 in observance of the new year. The office will reopen on Wednesday, January 2. Have a safe and happy New Year!
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 22.
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of President's Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, February 19.
The NBRC Executive Office is closed due to severe winter weather. For immediate concerns, you may email us at NBRCfirstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your message as quickly as possible.
Respiratory Care is the official science journal of the AARC and has recently launched a totally redesigned website that is complete with a mobile site, more robust search engine, downloading capabilities, ePub articles, and enhanced linking capabilities. A Respiratory Care app is also now available in the Apple App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Check out all of the new features at www.rcjournal.com today!
The NBRC Executive Office will be closed Friday, March 29, 2013 in observance of Good Friday. The office will reopen on Monday, April 1, 2013.
Join the NBRC for three sessions at this year's Summer Forum in Orlando, Florida. We will be presenting an Item Writer Workshop on Sunday, July 14 from 9 am- 3 pm. Earn CRCEs and learn how to improve your item writing skills! We will be presenting at the Agency Updates session on Tuesday, July 16 from 7-8:20 am. The annual Jimmy A. Young Memorial Lecture will be presented on Wednesday, July 16 from 7:30- 9 am. This year's topic is, "Unveiling the New Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination". We hope you join us at this informative meeting. For more information on the Summer Forum, visit the AARC website at www.aarc.org.