The ERS/ATS Pulmonary Function Committee has released new guidelines about the DLCO diagnostic test. For candidates preparing to take the NBRC PFT examination, items about DLCO will continue to follow the 2005 guidelines unless the 2017 guidelines are specifically referenced by the item. More details regarding the new DLCO guidelines will be described in an article that will appear in the NBRC Horizons in the near future.
The Executive Office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, January 17.
The Executive Office will be closed for the holidays from December 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Our testing agency, PSI/AMP, will be available for application and scheduling questions. PSI/AMP can be reached at 888-519-9901 and their website is www.goAMP.com.
If you have an urgent matter that cannot wait for our office to reopen, please email us at NBRC-Info@nbrc.org. We will be monitoring emails and will respond as quickly as possible.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
The NBRC Executive Office has moved. Our new address is:
10801 Mastin St, Suite 300
Overland Park, KS 66210
Please note that our testing agency, PSI/AMP, will continue to process examination applications and provide scheduling support for the examination appointments. PSI/AMP can be reached at 888-519-9901 and their website is www.goamp.com
The Executive Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Monday, November 28th.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Monday, November 14th.
The 2016 Jimmy A. Young Memorial Lecture was presented at the AARC Summer Forum by Robert C. Shaw, Jr., PhD, RRT, FAARC, Assistant Excecutive Director and Psychometrician on June 28, 2016.
To access a copy of the presentation, click here.
The Mission of Respiratory Care Week
- Honor and thank respiratory care professions for their contributions
- Demonstrate the value of respiratory care professionals in all healthcare settings
- Promote respiratory health in the workplace and the community
- Increase awareness of lung health issues in all environments
- Educate and encourage prospective students about career opportunities and growth of the profession
The History of Respiratory Care Week
National Respiratory Therapy Week became an official national event in 1982 when executives and officers of the American Associate for Respiratory Therapy (AART) visited the White House and President Ronald Reagan made the declaration of National Respiratory Therapy Week.
In 1986, AART became the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and RT Week became National Respiratory Care Week - now better known as RC week. Since then, the national event in honor of respiratory care professions has steadily grown to reach all 50 states in the U.S. and beyond.
And in 2003, lung health awareness was escalated even further with the establishment of Lung Health Day, celebrated during Respiratory Care Week. Today, RC Week and Lung Health Day are delivering the message to medical professionals and consumers around the world.
The NBRC is excited to announce that beginning with the 2017 Annual Renewal a $5.00 discount will be offered for annual renewal submitted online through the NBRC website.
The NBRC knows how dedicated and hard-working credentialed respiratory care practitioners are and hopes that providing this new discount is just another way the NBRC can give back to the respiratory care profession.
Holding active status in the national groups of practitioners credentialed by the NBRC means you care about protecting your professional future. Your annual renewal fee helps the NBRC work for uniform licensure and develop examinations that uphold the standards of the repiratory care profession. Active status provides you with numerous benefits including an online subscription to NBRC Horizons, an informative quarterly newsletter communicating credentialing developments and an annual gift of appreciation, just to name a few.
Remember, in order to receive the $5.00 discount, you must renew your 2017 active status online. The discount does not apply to any years prior to 2017.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Monday, October 10, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, October 11th.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, September 6th.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 4, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, July 5th.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, May 31st.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, March 25, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Monday, March 28, 2016.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day on Monday, February 15, 2016. The office will reopen for normal business on Tuesday, February 16th.
The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2016. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th.
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.
PSI Services LLC has over 65 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, Federal and State government agencies, professional associations and certifying bodies. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing, including pre-hire employment selection, managerial assessments, licensing and certification tests, license management services and professional services. More information is available at psionline.com.
The 2015 Jimmy A. Young Memorial Lecture was presented at the AARC Summer Forum by Robert C. Shaw, Jr., PhD, RRT, FAARC, Assistant Executive Director and Psychometrician on July 15, 2015.
To access a copy of the presentation, click here.
For information about the Pulmonary Function Technologist Examination, click here.
For examination candidates seeking guidance regarding tidal volume settings, please click here.
The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) recently took actions relating to the Special Certificate of Completion that will affect the eligibility of some respiratory therapy students attempting the new Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Examination beginning in January of 2015.
To read more, click here.