Becoming a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C®) opens up tremendous career opportunities for respiratory therapists. Since the inception in 2002 of the National Asthma Education Certification Board (NAECB), more than 2,000 healthcare providers have successfully obtained the AE-C designation, and almost half of them are respiratory therapists. Clearly, the training, knowledge and experiences in asthma care and management that respiratory therapists acquire immanently qualifies them for the role of a certified asthma educator.
Aside from the professional and personal satisfaction that comes with obtaining the AE-C designation, there is also the fact that patient care outcomes are enhanced, making this a win-win situation for all concerned. Respiratory therapists with a heavy involvement in the care of those with asthma (young or old) should seriously consider becoming a certified asthma educator.