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Hitting the Road in 2020

Our ongoing efforts to positively promote and advance the respiratory care profession will keep NBRC President Katherine L. Fedor, MBA, RRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, NBRC CEO Lori M. Tinkler, MBA, and various staff on the road in 2020.  Taking advantage of opportunities to meet and speak with leaders in respiratory care as well as interacting with […]


2019 Spirometry Standard Update

NBRC’s official statement on the 2019 ATS/ERS Spirometry Standard Update is as follows: Candidates pursuing a credential in pulmonary function technology should anticipate that examination items will continue to be based on the 2005 American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society standards titled “Standardisation of Spirometry” that were published in the European Respiratory Journal – The […]


Exploring a New Credentialing Program

In response to a request from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the NBRC conducted a viability study in September 2019 to determine the desirability and feasibility of creating a pulmonary disease educator credentialing program. The viability study focus group included thirteen participants, representing eleven organizations, which could be affected by or included in […]


2019 Examinations in Review

The mission of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is to promote excellence in respiratory care by awarding credentials based on high competency standards. Each year the NBRC publishes a summary of results for all six of our credentialing examinations to inform the public, potential candidates, and those currently holding NBRC credentials. 2020 marks […]


‘Credentialing Specialist’ Certification

NBRC employees Jenny Banek, Kellie Carroll, and Nate Hagemann, have recently joined an elite group by achieving a ‘Credentialing Specialist’ certificate from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). This program consists of eight rigorous, self-paced, online courses required to be completed within a six-month time frame. After this, a competency assessment of each of the […]


CMP Participation

The Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) is an ongoing process of learning, self-evaluation and clinical improvement in which practitioners participate to maintain NBRC credentials. Respiratory patients and their families can rest assured NBRC credentialed practitioners are actively learning and staying up to date with the most current medical knowledge and guidelines through the CMP. The CMP […]


From the Desk of Lori Tinkler

2019 Final Thoughts from NBRC’s CEO As the saying goes, the days are sometimes long but the years are short! 2019 was no exception to this old adage. This year has flown by! We kicked off the year with a pilot of our new Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) and I am happy to report it […]


NBRC Video Update

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our videos, now is a perfect time! They have been updated to include the most recent enhancements and changes to our website, practitioner portal, and Credential Maintenance Program. Students can learn more about the NBRC, how to apply for an examination, as well as what it […]


CHOOSE ONE: Every Breath Counts

The National Board for Respiratory Care Launches ‘CHOOSE ONE: Every Breath Counts Campaign’  Respiratory care practitioners encouraged to join in supporting research, advocacy  OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Oct 31, 2019) — As part of its commitment to social purpose and the profession of respiratory care, The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) has launched a new […]


Updated TMC SAE Available

The Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Comprehensive Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) has been updated and is now available to Program Directors! This SAE reflects updated content beginning January 2020 for the TMC Exam. Access it here: