Respiratory Care Instructor Earns Every NBRC Specialty Credential

Instructor of Respiratory Care Melissa Ash, BS, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS, RRT-CPFT, RRT-AE-C recently earned her Asthma Educator Certificate, making her fully certified with all specialty credentials offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Other specialty credentials include:

• RRT: Registered Respiratory Therapist
• ACCS: Adult Critical Care Specialist
• CPFT: Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist
• SDS: Sleep Disorder Specialist
• NPS: Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist
• AE-C: Certified Asthma Educator

“I am unaware of any respiratory therapist in the area that has achieved this accomplishment. Melissa is truly in rarified air! We are extremely proud of her, as she continues to be a positive force on our faculty and our students,” shared Randy Solly, MS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, Program Coordinator for Respiratory Care.

Impact on Students

“As an instructor, I want to be a positive role model for my students and I believe it is important for our students to see that I am committed to excellence. To me, it was important to obtain all the specialty credentials because I want my students to know that I am experienced in all areas of respiratory care,” Instructor Ash shared. “I believe that by obtaining these specialty credentials, you are showing others that you can go above and beyond the standards. I am committed to not only delivering the highest quality of care to my patients, but also the highest quality of education to them. I also want our students to realize that their education doesn’t end at graduation and the field is truly about life-long learning and earning a specialty credential can open new career possibilities.”

Further solidifying GMercyU’s reputation as a leader in respiratory care education, Ash’s achievement also signifies to GMercyU’s clinical affiliates our commitment to providing the most up-to-date knowledge and expertise in the multiple areas of respiratory care.