Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


The following courses will be required for certification

ASHS 4610 Client-Centred Approach to Asthma

This course concentrates on the knowledge and skills an asthma educator requires to establish good rapport and lay the foundation for a therapeutic client/professional relationship. Being cognizant and considerate of client abilities, beliefs and issues that influence a client’s health care activities affect the course and outcome of clinical encounters. Two client interviews will occur during this course.

The cost of this course is $433.50.

The fee includes a course manual, the CNAC Pre-Study Module, a copy of the Canadian Consensus Guidelines and a content video for the course.

Required Textbook
The Manual of Asthma Management by O’Byrne and Thomson , W.B. Saunders Company Ltd., June 2000, ISBN: 0-7020-2529-1 (approx. $183.00)

ASHS 4620 Concepts in Asthma

This course discusses the chronic nature of asthma in terms of cost to the health care system, pathophysiology, diagnosis, defining and assessing control, appropriate treatment and prognosis. Assessing client monitoring strategies and goals for asthma management begin along with developing, practicing and videotaping your teaching skills with a client.

The cost of this course is $433.50.

The fee includes a course manual and 3 content videos.

ASHS 4630 Asthma Management Planning

This course has two components that together, focus on understanding, communicating, and practicing the principles of guided self-management. The goal is to help clients accept responsibility for their own health and acquire the information and skills they need to detect, assess, prevent and manage their asthma in a confident, competent manner. Upon completion of this course, the participant will write a final exam for the program.

In this part of the course, the participant will have an opportunity to search out various resources that can help a client overcome barriers to achieving and maintaining self-management strategies. Basic components of delivering optimal education will be discussed and developed. A need in the community will be identified by the participant and the appropriate educational tools needed to fulfill that need will also be developed. A lesson in understanding the barriers to adherence, care plan development and the opportunity to hone client history taking skills through a videotaped client interview will also occur.

This concluding section of the course concentrates on (a) the collaborative development and basic use of an action plan (b) evaluating the results of client actions taken when utilizing the data collected in an action plan and (c) the importance of follow-up visits to allow ongoing adjustments to occur to both action and care plans. A final videotaped client interview and development of a working action plan will occur during this part of the course and the participant will deliver and videotape an asthma-related teaching session in their community.

The cost of this course is $382.50.

The fee includes a course manual and a content video for the course.