Milestones Of The Profession
An overview of key events in the profession and key agencies (AARC, NBRC, CoARC, and ARCF) since the first on-the-job training program began over seven decades ago.
From oxygen aides to inhalation technicians to respiratory therapists---what a long way the profession has evolved since those early days!
In 1952, Dr. Levine served as President of the Inhalation Therapy Association (now AARC) and was the only physician ever elected to do so.
The new Association had 59 members, 17 of whom were from various religious orders.
Written examinations were required to maintain membership in the Association..
83 people attended this first meeting.
AAIT, ACCP, AMA, ASA were sponsor participants.
Sponsors included the AAIT, ASA, and ACCP.
The ARIT's purpose was to test the competency of inhalation therapists. Upon successful completion of written and oral examinations, an individual was designated as a Registered Inhalation Therapist.
2. To assist in developing and maintaining educational and ethical standards in inhalation therapy for the public good, for the advancement of medical care, and for the professional guidance of registrants of the Registry.
3. To establish standards by which the competency of inhalation therapists to administer inhalation therapy under the prescription, direction, and supervision of licensed physicians may be determined.
Sister M. Yvonne, CRNA became the first Registered Inhalation Therapist and received registry #1.
The AAIT changed its name to the American Association for Inhalation Therapy.
According to the Association's Bylaws, the House of Delegates shall "serve as a representative body of the general membership and the representative body of the Chartered Affiliates of the Association. It shall participate in the establishment of the goals and objectives for the Association and participate in the governance of the Association."
"Egan's" 11th edition was published in April 2016 (1,392 pages)
After response from AART members and physicians, the DHEW issued a statement indicating that “respiratory therapy is an essential life-saving method of treatment” and “respiratory therapists are dedicated responsible professionals.”
The second specialty credentialing exam offered was for the registered pulmonary function technologists (RPFT) credential. In addition to the exams for pulmonary function technologists, the NBRC later added specialty credentialing exams for neonatal-pediatrics, adult critical care, and sleep disorders specialists.
AART became AARC
The name of the society is based on the profession's goals of sustaining “life and breath” for all mankind: Lambda (Λ) is the Greek letter “L”, and beta (Β) is the Greek letter “B”.
Congress banned smoking on flights of two hours duration or less.
AARC members vote for their top companies based on the quality of equipment and/or supplies, accessibility and helpfulness of sales personnel, responsiveness, service record, truth in advertising, and support of the respiratory care profession.
The Task Force, chaired by Trudy Watson, included Mike Runge, Shelly Mishoe, George Gaebler, Patrick Dunne, Charlie Brooks, Bob Weilacher, John Walton, Richard Sheldon, MD, and John Walton with Sam Giordano as the Executive Office Liaison.
After numerous focus groups and input from the BOD, HOD, and general membership, the nominations process for Directors and Officers was modified, the roles of BOD Officers were changed, the number of seats on the BOD were expanded to include Directors from the larger Specialty Sections, the number of standing committees were reduced, and consultants to the BOD were identified.
The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care became the successor organization to JRCRTE and functioned as a recommending body to the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
An AARC Fellowship is conferred upon those who have met a standard of excellence in the practice of respiratory care. A Fellows' contributions extend beyond his or her individual job to a wider sphere of influence. Through educational achievement, validation of competency through advanced credentials, research initiatives, publication, and clinical initiatives, an AARC Fellow has made a mark as a respiratory care professional of distinction.
CoARC now accredits degree-granting programs in respiratory care that have undergone the process of voluntary peer review and meet or exceed the minimum accreditation Standards as established by the professional association in cooperation with CoARC.