Asthma Educators Institute

Introductory and Advanced Seminars for Asthma Educators

Medical Education Programs for Health Care Professionals

The Asthma Educators Institute at Partners Asthma Center: One-day, in-depth symposia presenting the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective Asthma Educator and to prepare for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination.

Appropriate for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Pharmacists, and Asthma Case Managers, Medical Assistants, and Community Health Workers

Presented by Partners Asthma Center, a collaboration among asthma specialists at:

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
  • Massachusetts General Hospital,
  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital,
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital,
  • North Shore Medical Center,

Course Description:

Our introductory program, Becoming an Asthma Educator: Learning to Teach Patients and Families About Asthma, was first offered in 2003 to high acclaim. The format combines lectures, question-andanswer sessions, case discussions, and hands-on demonstrations to maximize understanding about effective asthma education for young children, school children, and adults. We review in detail the recommendations of the Expert Panel 3 (2007) of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program regarding staging of disease, assessment of control, and treatment.

On completion of this program, we anticipate that participants will be well prepared to take and pass the Certification Examination offered by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board.

For those who have already completed the Becoming an Asthma Educator course or seek additional learning about asthma, we offer our “Advanced Program.” This year our Focus on Asthma in Children course will provide an in-depth exploration of the unique challenges that one faces in assessing and managing asthma in children, from infancy to adolescence. How does one diagnose asthma before the age of 5? How can children with asthma exercise normally? What is the role of the school nurse in helping to care for children with asthma? When is allergy testing recommended in young children and how can one best use the information provided by allergy testing? What strategies help to keep adolescents engaged with their asthma care? And what is the prospect for preventing the development of asthma? These are some of the many questions unique to pediatric asthma that will be addressed in this program. The format will include lectures, time for questions and answers, case discussions, and exhibits.

Our Becoming an Asthma Educator course is available on-line as an additional resource. This is a series of nine video modules with related, exam- type questions and answers and is available at

Comments from past course participants include:

  • “This conference was very informative and very organized. One of the best ones I have ever been to.”
  • "Relevant [and] easy to understand. Dealt with everyday situations.”
  • "Excellent seminar: speakers very well-informed, knowledgeable, and captivating.”

Course Dates and Locations:

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Becoming an Asthma Educator
(Shipley Auditorium, Bowles Conference Center)

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Saturday,December 1, 2018
Focus on Asthma in Children
(Bornstein Family Amphitheater)

Introductory Program:
Being an Effective Asthma Educator (Register on-line at this link)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 8:35 Welcome/Orientation
8:35 – 9:20 Understanding and Teaching the Mechanisms of Asthma
9:20 – 9:50 The Asthma Guidelines: Diagnosis and Assessment of Asthma
9:50 – 10:30 The Asthma Guidelines: Ambulatory Management of Asthma — Matching Treatment Intensity to Disease Severity
10:30 – 10 50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:20 Lung Function Measurements/Peak Flow
11:20 – 12:00 Noon Special Considerations in Children
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Assessing Allergic Sensitivity and Allergen Exposures
1:30 – 2:00 Inhalers and Inhalational Aids
2:00 – 2:30 Managing Asthmatic Attacks
2:30 – 3:00 Developing an Asthma Action Plan
3:00 – 3:45 Exhibits and Small Group Demonstrations
3:45 – 4:00 How to Prepare for the NAECB Exam
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Case Discussions

Advanced Program:
Focus on Asthma in Children (Register on-line at this link.)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 8:35 Welcome/Orientation
8:35 – 9:15 Overview: Why Children Are not Just Small Adults
9:15 – 9:55 Diagnosis and Management of Wheezing in Infants
9:55 – 10:20 Coffee Break
10:20 – 11:00 Exercise-Induced Asthma
11:00 – 11:40 Asthma in School Children
11:40 – 12:00 Noon Asthma Case Discussions
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Allergy Assessment and Treatment in Children
1:45 – 2:30 Asthma Action Plans, with Focus on the "Yellow Zone"
2:30 – 3:15 Asthma in Adolescents
3:15 – 3:45 Small Group Demonstrations / Exhibitions
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Can Asthma Be Prevented? Studies in the Primary Prevention of Asthma

Course Organizers:

Program Directors:

  • Christopher H. Fanta, M.D.
  • Elaine Carter RN, B.S.N., AE-C,
  • Joseph Curro, M.B.A., Ed.D., R.R.T.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital:

  • Dennis Beer, M.D.

Brigham and Women's Hospital:

  • Kenan Haver, M.D. (BCH)
  • T. Bernard Kinane, M.D. (MGH)
  • Aidan Long, M.D. (MGH)
  • Wayne Shreffler, M.D., Ph.D. (MGH)

The faculty will draw upon resources of the Partners Asthma Center staff and will vary with the site of the presentation.

Download the brochure.

Course Accreditation

This activity has been submitted to ANA Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call Jackie at 617-732-7464.

Continuing Education (CRCE) hours (approximately 6 hours) for registered respiratory therapists have been approved by the American Association of Respiratory Care.

Continuing pharmaceutical education credit hours (6 hours; 0.6 CEUs) for pharmacists have been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy.

Tuition Fee:

Early Registration (two weeks prior to course) $90
Late Registration (within two weeks of course) $110
Registration fee includes Coffee Break and Lunch, but not parking.

Full Payment must accompany application. Make check payable to Partners Asthma Center

Follow this link to register on-line. (Please select the option that corresponds to the location of the seminar of your choice (e.g., Introductory and Advanced Seminars for Asthma Educators at NWH, if you plan to enroll for "Focus on Asthma in Children.") If your preference is to regiser by mail, please send the completed application and check to:

Partners Asthma Center
15 Francis Street, Boston MA 02115

Address inquiries to:
Partners Asthma Center,
15 Francis Street,
Boston, MA 02115
or by phone: (800) 9PARTNERS or (617) 732-7464,
e-mail :

Refunds: Refund requests must be received one week prior to the course. No refunds will be made thereafter.