Asthma Educators Institute

Becoming and Asthma Educator
Learn to Teach Patients and Families about Asthma

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,
  • Pentucket Medical, and
  • Harbor Medical Associates

Course Description:

Our one-day program will teach the scientific background and practical knowledge needed to be an effective asthma educator. The format combines lectures, question and answer sessions, case discussions, and hands-on demonstrations to maximize understanding about effective asthma education for young children, school children, and adults.

The morning session will focus on the needed background knowledge base about asthma, including diagnosis, staging asthma severity and assessing asthma control, and the step-care approach to managing asthma, all in accordance with the Guidelines developed by the Expert Panel of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.

The afternoon session will offer a wealth of practical information about assessing and managing asthma, including allergy testing and environmental home assessments, use of inhalers and inhalational aids, managing asthma attacks, and helping patients to develop their written asthma action plans. Small group demonstrations will offer opportunity for hands-on observation and practice. We will conclude with audience participation in Asthma Case Discussions with a panel of asthma experts.

On completion of this program, participants will be well prepared to take and pass the Certification and Re-Certification Examinations offered by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board.

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:

The same program (with different facutly) will be offered on the following Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on campus at the hospitals listed below. Choose the date and location most convenient for you.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA

Saturday, October 1, 2016

North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA

Saturday,November 5, 2016

Introductory Program:
Being an Effective Asthma Educator

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
(nebulizers, inhalers, spacers, peak-flow meters, allergen proofing supplies)
3:45 – 4:00 Preparing for the NAECB Exam
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Case Discussions


Program Directors:

  • Christopher H. Fanta, M.D.
  • Kenan Haver, M.D.
  • Elaine Carter RN, B.S.N., AE-C,
  • Paul Nuccio, R.R.T.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital:

  • Dennis Beer, M.D.

North Shore Medical Center:

  • Barrrett Kitch, M.D.
  • James MacLean, M.D.

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 approved by ANA Massachusetts for six (6) contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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

Register on-line at

or by mail:

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.