Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certified Respiratory Educator

This program is temporarily suspended for new admissions. It continues for current students only.

This online program of study is for the Health Care Professional who has an interest in the management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Successful completion of this CNAC approved, 4 course program will prepare the participant to challenge the newly established (Nov 07) CNAC Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) certification exam which is offered annually in November in many major centres in Canada. This certificate program of study has been assigned a maximum of 9 upper level credits in the TRU Bachelor of Health Science.

Current program structure requires the interested HCP to complete the 4 courses comprising the program in a specified order. This requirement ensures that skill of patient centred communication, collaborative partnerships and health education teaching skills are optimally developed, practiced and transported between the courses along with the appropriate disease management concepts.

Entry into the program requires the interested individual have a 2 year diploma(minimal) or degree in a health related field of study (eg. RN, RRT, PT, RPh, MD).

Note: Prior to online registration, you are required to contact the Program Coordinator: and send the following information: your professional designation as a practicing health care professional. This will help ensure you meet program entry requirements. After you receive an email confirmation of your eligibility, you can then proceed to the Web Registration. A computer with internet access is required.

Intake into this multidisciplinary, online program is on a continuous basis throughout the year. Individuals are encouraged to register for one course at at time and there is a program maximum of 2 years completion time to ensure currency of content material. The CRE program will utilize the WebCT program for assignment submission, course communication between the course facilitator and participants, informal communication between course participants, possible online discussion groups and for writing the midterm and final exam (ASHS 4720 only). The final for the 4610-4630 courses is a hard copy exam that can be written in a recognized testing centre in the participant's home town. Video assessments are also utilized to assess skills in interviewing, teaching, history taking and patient-centered communication.

Onliine discussions occur in ASHS 4620 and 4630 with outside content experts and they are asynchronous in nature and scheduled at varying times of the year dependent upon course enrollment. Attendance at the sessions are mandatory for successful program completion.

For information on the CRE program, send email to Respiratory Therapy.