Value of AARC University

 Published: August 7, 2019

By: Heather Willden


image of woman working on laptop with AARC University logo displayed

Lifelong learning remains paramount for respiratory therapists. While maintaining your license and credentials necessitates this learning, so too does the need for continual improvement and growth in your career. AARC University, a premier benefit for AARC Members, is the AARC’s online learning portal. You can register for a course, learn from the course content, pass the post-course examination, and obtain your CRCE certificate all in one place.

Go to AARC University


“The AARC understands how challenging it can be to find high-quality continuing respiratory care education, which is why we developed our AARC University platform,” said Shawna Strickland, PhD, CAE, RRT, FAARC, AARC associate executive director of member services. “Content experts develop the education you find in the AARC University and we ensure courses earn approved CRCE, applicable for both your state license and credential renewals.”

Rich Course Content

Filled with dozens of courses, AARC University offers relevant content that keeps you on top of industry trends as well as refining your personal skills.

At the main AARC University page, you’ll find courses organized by categories, such as Adult Acute Care, Ethics, and Leadership.

We even have a category just for Students as well as a category for anyone looking for Credential Test Prep.

You can also review a complete listing of all AARC University courses. All courses list a member discounted price and the non-member price.

And finally, scheduled throughout each year, we have Live Webcasts and JournalCasts, tackling on-trend topics for RTs.

Did somebody say free? For AARC Members, many courses are available for free. These include on-demand courses and live courses.


AARC University courses include the opportunity to earn CRCE hours. The only exception to this is the student-designed courses since they do not apply toward maintaining your license and credentials.

Access My AARC U

Through your My AARC U account, you can:

  • Review the courses you’ve previously taken.
  • Download invoices.
  • Download course certificates.

What your peers are saying

“This course challenged me a lot. I learned so much about leadership, budget, staffing, and how to become one of the best leaders within the RT organization.”


“Very informative.”

“It is a good course to reignite interest in the subject and give a starting point for more in-depth research.”

“Very informative and applicable to everyday use in the profession.”

“With new inhalers always showing up this was a great review.”

“I found this course to be helpful and relevant for the workplace. Thank you for offering these courses.”

Email with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

Heading to the New Era

Elevate | Engage | Advocate | Educate

Copyright © 2024 American Association for Respiratory Care
9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063-4706
(972) 243-2272  |