NIOSH-Approved Spirometry

March 14 & 15, 2014: Full Course

Twice a year, Respiratory Health Association and Chicago Respiratory Society partner with University of Illinois at Chicago Great Lakes Centers to offer the 2-day NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Course.

Effective January 1, 2009, NIOSH changed the time limits on all certificates to 5 years from the course date. Previously awarded certificates are no longer valid indefinitely. Individuals who choose to have a valid NIOSH certificate must either take a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course before the certificate is invalidated or retake the initial course.

Objectives: The objectives of this program are to teach the basics of respiratory anatomy and physiology and how the occupational and environmental exposures affect the respiratory system. Participants will learn the proper techniques for obtaining valid spirometric values as defined by NIOSH, including instrumentation and the basis for spirometric measurement, mechanics of data collection, reduction of data in accordance with the acceptability criteria, and the use of predicted values.

Target Audience: Primary care practitioners, internists, allergists, pulmonologists, occupational medicine physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and their office technical staff. No prior training in pulmonary function testing is required.

Topics include:
  • Lecture, Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology; Indications and Contraindications for Spirometry; Basic Introduction to Forced Vita Capacity Maneuver
  • Practicum: Preparing the Machine and Test Performance
  • Lecture: Spriometers: Types, Criteria, Calibration and Care
  • Lecture: Screening Spirometry and Occupational Lung Diseases 
  • Practicum: Spirometry Testing and Calculations
  • Lectures and Q&A are combined with hands-on practice.

$495, including course materials, lunch and continental breakfast

Location: UIC/Great Lakes Center School of Public Health
                2121 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Continuing Education Credits Available
Nurses: University of Illinois at Chicago is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 16 contact hours available.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: Respiratory Health Association is an approved continuing education sponsor by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 continuing education hours of credit will be awarded to respiratory care practitioners upon completion of the course. 

Register Early: Limited Space 

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For more information, call 312-996-6904 or email