COPD Educator Course

AARC and COPD Foundation

COPD Education is an area of growing employment opportunities. And with a growing COPD population, it is important you are able to discuss issues with your patients. In this course, you will learn more about diagnosis, assessment, treatment, oxygen therapy, medication, and disease management. Plus, you will learn how to teach your patients about COPD and how to motivate them to control it.

COPD Educator Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe components of assessment for a patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  2. Describe in the types of pulmonary function testing including spirometry, lung volumes, diffusing capacity, and oximetry.
  3. Explain and contrast the 3 general approaches to smoking cessation
  4. Describe the required elements of a personalized medication care for COPD patients.
  5. Recognize common causes for miscommunication and identify strategies to avoid them.
  6. Given adequate information about a COPD patient, select the most appropriate oxygen delivery equipment to met their needs.
  7. Explain how participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation program can improve a COPD patient’s quality of life.
  8. Recognize the common barriers found in adult learning and discuss strategies to overcome them.
  9. Explain the pathophysiology of COPD in terms a COPD patient can understand.
  10. Recognize the signs and symptoms of malnutrition and describe its effect of on COPD patients.
  11. Explain the purpose of the COPD Big Fat Reference Guide (BFRG).


If you would like to become a member of the AARC, please visit our Join/Renew area to join online or print an application. For your information, your contact information is shared with the COPD Foundation for followup on COPD related matters after the program.

Continuing Education

Respiratory Therapists: This course carries 10.0 hours of CRCE credit. You must view all modules. No partial credit given. Upon successful completion of the course evaluation and a post-course examination, you will receive a certificate of completion and the hours will automatically be posted to your AARC CRCE transcript.


COPD Educator Course

10.0 CRCE credits

Go to AARC University to purchase this course and access course materials

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Statement
Karen L. Gregory discloses that she serves on the speaker’s bureau for the Genetech/Novartis and Glaxo Smith Klein and receives honorariums for presentations from these companies. None of the other presenters in this course have declared a conflict of interest related to their participation in this course. Brand names may be mentioned as examples of technology.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.