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Course Overview

Nearly 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, a disease marked by variable and recurring symptoms, airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness, and underlying inflammation. Inflammation of the airways and airway hyper-responsiveness are the hallmark pathophysiological features of asthma, resulting in the typical symptoms: cough, wheezing, chest tightness, and breathlessness. The goal of asthma pharmacotherapy is to relieve or minimize symptoms by targeting the underlying pathophysiological processes. Because of the high prevalence of asthma in children (9.5%) and adults (7.7%), all healthcare providers and clinical teams must be up-to-date on the current guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of this chronic illness. This module will summarize the key guideline changes with a focus on adults.

About the Course Author

Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP is a Professor-Clinical at The Ohio State University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Dunlevy is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles in journals such as Respiratory Care, Journal of the American Dietietic Association, and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Times. In 1994, she received the AARC Asthma Education Fellowship. She has received many honors and awards as an educator, mentor, faculty member, and scholar.

Crystal Dunlevy, EdD, RRT, RCP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is Director of Nursing at Eating Recovery Center. Previously she was an educator at Centura Health Physician Group in Denver, Colorado where she worked closely with certified medical assistants. She practiced as a CMA for eight years before obtaining RN licensure. She is also a certified nurse executive and has a deep understanding of the educational needs and practice gaps facing medical assistants in the workplace today. Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • American Association of Medical Assistants


    This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 general continuing education unit(s) (approval Clinical). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the asthma severity and control classifications; Differentiate between long-term controller and quick-relief asthma medications, and describe at least one potential adverse effect for each medication in each class; List at least three common symptoms of asthma
  • Outline:

    Introduction Lung Anatomy

    The Diagnosis Severity Classifications

    Asthma Control Classifications

    Step by step Medications

    Enviormental Control

    A Partnership

    The Peak Expiratory Flow Meter

    The Action Plan

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Certified Medical Assistants; Physical Therapists; Respiratory Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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