Happy Respiratory Care Week

The Mission and History of Respiratory Care Week

In 1982, the American Association for Respiratory Therapy (later changed to American Association for Respiratory Care) officially designated the last week in October as Respiratory Care Week to draw national attention to the importance of lung health. The announcement came from the Oval Office when then-president Ronald Reagan supported the efforts of the organization. The event is in October because the fall is typically a time when patients suffering lung disease have difficulty breathing and may need help.

Mission of Respiratory Care Week

  • Honor and thank respiratory care professionals for their contributions
  • Demonstrate the value of respiratory care professionals in all healthcare settings
  • Promote respiratory health in the workplace and the community
  • Increase awareness of lung health issues in all environments
  • Educate and encourage prospective students about career opportunities and growth of the profession
Support Our Heritage

Help Preserve the Profession's Heritage

The AARC is building a Virtual Museum to preserve the history of our profession. Be part of it by buying a virtual brick to support our work.


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Join the American Association for Respiratory Care!

Not a Member! Forgot to Renew! Join online today to take an active role as a professional practitioner. National membership receives a free membership in the New Jersey Society for Respiratory Care, NJSRC.

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Meet the Candidates for AARC Election 2015

Voting is open now through Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM CDT.

All Active and Life members of the American Association for Respiratory Care will vote for the candidates running for 2015 officer and director positions in the AARC leadership on an online secure website.


Save the Date

28th Annual Respiratory Care Managers / Educators Conference

Co-sponsored by the NYSSRC and NJSRC

Thursday, June 4 to Friday, June 5, 2015

Winter Clove Inn, Round Top, NY

Survival in a Changing Profession

9 CRCE credits will be applied for thru the AARC

Cost: $650 for exhibit space and 2 nights accommodations / food / tax / gratuities for one company rep

Additional company reps (up to 2) may attend for $275 per person

Online registration will begin in early 2015 (look for announcement)

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