It was announced today that PSI Services has acquired Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
PSI will continue to operate AMP out of its offices in Olathe, Kan., and plans to expand staff there over the next 12 to 18 months.
From this point forward, actual delivery of examinations will be outsourced to AMP. All other services provided by NBRC, including examination development, will remain unchanged.
AMP was founded in 1982 by the NBRC to take better control of the respiratory professional testing process, which at the time was not up to standards required by the industry. Since then, the company has worked with more than 100 organizations across a wide variety of industries to develop, maintain, strengthen and transition voluntary certification programs.
With the sale of AMP, NBRC will be able to focus efforts on its core mission of evaluating the professional competence of respiratory therapists. This includes establishing credentialing standards, promoting educational and ethical standards, and promoting the use of respiratory care in treating ailments.
Today’s changing healthcare environment necessitates ongoing evolution and refinement of the credentialing process. NBRC will continue to work toward uniform licensure and support the development of examinations that uphold the standards of the respiratory care profession. The sale of AMP allows NBRC to fund further exam development without increasing fees. Test fees have remain unchanged for 15 years.
“This is an important and timely transition for all of AMP’s clients and employees as well as the NBRC, and we could not have done it without the incredible commitment PSI has demonstrated to our stakeholder community. I take great pride in what we have built over the years with AMP and look forward to a long-lasting partnership with PSI,” said Gary Smith, Executive Director of NBRC.
Mr. Smith previously served as President of AMP. With the sale, Stephen Tapp of PSI will assume the role of president. Smith will continue as Executive Director of NBRC.
The sale of AMP was effective December 31, 2015.
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