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, 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 we will explore the relationship between asthma and other diseases that may mimic asthma, both in childern and adults. We will consider wheezing that comes from small airways in a discussion of bronchiolitis; weezing due to chronic infection of the airways (bronchiectasis); wheezing from excess collapse of the trachea and central airways (tracheomalacia); wheezing that originates in the the upper airways, including vocal cord dysfunction and wheezing caused by chronic cigarette smoking (COPD). In some instances, these disorders complicate asthma and its management, including viral bronchiolitis, bronchiectasis due to allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, vocal cord dysfunction, and the asthma-COPD overlap syndrome. Case discussions of pediatric and adult cases will explore these and other diagnoses and solidify learning through specific patient examples. The format will include lectures, time for questions an 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 5, 2019
Becoming an Asthma Educator
(Shipley Auditorium, Bowles Conference Center)

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Saturday,December 7, 2019
All That Wheezes is Not Asthma
(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
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/Small Group Demonstrations
3:45 – 4:00 How to Prepare for the NAECB Exam
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Case Discussions

Advanced Program:
All That Wheezes is Not Asthma(Register on-line at this link.)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 8:35 Welcome/Orientation
8:35 – 9:20 Anatomy of Wheezing: Physiology, PFTs and Imaging
9:20 – 10:05 The Natural History of Early Childhood Wheezing
10:05 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:15 Tracheobronchomalacia
11:15 – 12:00 Bronchiectasis, including Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 Upper Airway Wheezion, including Vocal Cord Dysfunction
1:45 – 2:30 COPD, including Asthma-COPD Overlap
2:30 – 3:15 Case Discussions: Pediatric
3:15 – 3:45 Exhibits/Small Group Demonstrations
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)

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 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 "Becoming and Asthma Educator") 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.