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Western Schools is approved as a respiratory care continuing education program provider by American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), provider #9346916. All courses are pre-approved by the AARC.



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  • Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable
  • No promotional discounts may be applied to the purchase of the Western Schools 365 Online Respiratory Therapy Membership

Western Schools 365 Respiratory Therapy Membership

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Just $124.95
Item # VS900

With the Western Schools 365 Respiratory Therapy Online Membership you get: 

  • Unlimited access to all 1-5 hour high-quality, evidence-based online CE courses for respiratory therapy professionals for a full year
  • One price to fulfill all your CE needs
  • Manage all online CE in one convenient location
  • Instant access to certificates upon successful course completion
  • When we publish New or Updated courses, they will automatically be added to your membership
  • Note: Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable. Courses may be completed for credit only once during the one-year membership.


How it works:

  • Once you've purchased your membership, you'll be directed to your My Membership page, where you can select courses you'd like to complete by clicking the Enroll button
  • Access the courses you've enrolled by logging in to your account and navigating to My Courses. Follow directions there to complete courses for credit
  • Enroll in additional courses from your Membership by navigating to the My Membership page anytime and clicking the Enroll button next to your selected course(s)
  • We'll remind you by email before your membership expires so you have time to complete anything you still need to do
  • After your membership expires you will still have access to any courses you enrolled in, but credit will no longer be awarded for incomplete courses


This product includes the following courses:
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Anthrax: A Bioterrorist Weapon, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # V7234  

Expiration Date: October 16, 2019

So far as is known, all primitive and civilized societies have suffered diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Frequently, the results have been disastrous. One of several microbial candidates believed to have great potential as a biological weapon is the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, the cause of the infection anthrax. the threat of bioterrorism has brought anthrax beyond the point of scientific inquiry and has created new challenges for medical and public health professionals. This course presents the currently known properties of Bacillus anthracis and the understanding of the pathogenesis, approaches to diagnosis, prevention and control measures, and treatment of anthrax. Consideration also is given to selected aspects of bioweapons and features of bioterrorism.


Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # V7235  

This course is an updated version of Antibiotic Resistance and the Staphylococci (V7179).

Expiration Date: October 15, 2019

This course educates respiratory therapists and other health professionals on antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, particularly methicillin-resistant staph (upwards of 25% of nosocomial isolates of Staphylococcus aureus are methicillin resistant). Transmission strains, and the clinical features of diseases caused by these pathogens are covered as well as antibiotic properties, testing, therapy for infection, prevention, and control. 

Asthma, As a Disease State, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7307  

Release Date: July 24, 2018

Expiration Date: July 25, 2021

This is an intermediate-level course geared toward respiratory therapists and all healthcare professionals who care for individuals with asthma. Up-to-date information regarding the definition of asthma, its pathology and interventions are provided.

Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7300  

Release Date: November 8, 2018

Expiration Date: October 26, 2021

This advanced - level course is designed for respiratory therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who care for individuals receiving medication for respiratory conditions. This course explains that the important aspect of pharmacology is not to memorize each characteristic of individual medications, but rather to understand the individual pharmacologic classifications that these medications fall into. By understanding these classifications, the actions of newly approved medications will be better understood by practitioners. This course will enable respiratory therapists to stay current with relevant pharmacotherapy.

Bronchial Hygiene Therapy: Equipment and Techniques for Airway Suctioning

Price: $9.95 
Item # V7288  

Release Date: December 27, 2017

Expiration Date: December 27, 2020

This intermediate level course presents the equipment and techniques used by respiratory therapists for airway suctioning. The indications, contraindications, hazards and complications of suctioning are discussed, along with patient assessments before and after the procedure. Detailed information is provided on types of suction catheters, suctioning procedure, open suctioning and closed suctioning. A clinical case study is included to reinforce learning concepts, and pre- and post-test questions are used to assess learning outcomes. A list of references is provided as a guide for additional reading.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Critical Incidents: Implications for Practitioners

Price: $9.95 
Item # V7267  

Release Date: December 22, 2016

Expiration Date: December 22, 2019

As we move further into the 21st century, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear critical incidents are on the rise. Between social media and 24/7 news, we learn about these incidents in real time. Healthcare practitioners are challenged now more than ever to mobilize in an instant to meet the needs of victims and communities during the response and recovery efforts.                                                    

This course is designed to give clinicians an overview of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. The topics include how such incidents occur; the toxicity and clinical implications of agents that can be released; how a critical incident scene is managed; mass casualty triage and decontamination procedures; and how healthcare facilities plan for and facilitate the recovery effort as things get back to normal after a critical incident. 

Contemporary Practice in Secretion Clearance and Hyperinflation

Price: $9.95 
Item # V7290  

Release Date: October 20, 2017

Expiration Date: October 20, 2020

This intermediate course for respiratory therapists provides a review and update on the current practice of secretion clearance and hyperinflation therapy. Under the main heading of airway secretion clearance, the following topics are covered: direct cough, huff maneuver, autogenic drainage, postural drainage therapy, positioning, percussion, vibration, electrical precursors, high frequency chest wall compression, chest wall oscillation, and PAP adjuncts.  Under hyperinflation therapy, topics include deep breathing exercise, incentive spirometry and mechanical assist devices. The effectiveness of these techniques and devices are discussed. The learners should be able to select the appropriate method or equipment for patients to achieve optimal secretion clearance and improved ventilation.

Continuous Quality Improvement: Methods and Tools, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7255  

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Expiration Date: April 19, 2019

Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is a philosophy that is implemented as an ongoing effort to continuously evaluate and improve a service, process, or product. The process creates an environment in which all members of a team work together to constantly improve quality that may result in incremental changes or abrupt, substantial changes. As patient advocates, recognizing CQI as an important tool to improve function has the potential to reduce wasted resources and improve the work environment for management and staff. CQI is a management philosophy that can be integrated into day-to-day functions at the bedside through a nonbureaucratic educate and support model, rather than a bureaucratic command and control model. This course offers an introduction to CQI components, benefits, and strategies for healthcare providers, from administrators to beside practitioners.


Current Controversies in Asthma Care - VIDEO COURSE

Price: $10.95 
Item # V7263  

Release Date: September 30, 2016

Expiration Date: October 1, 2019

New VIDEO course format.

Led by Dr. Kathryn Blake at the Association of Asthma Educators Conference in August of 2016, this presentation keeps respiratory therapists and other health care professionals working with asthmatic patients on the cutting-edge of research by explaining the current controversies in asthma care. Stepping down therapy in well-controlled patients on ICS + LABA; using the new anti-IL-5 biologics (mepolizumab and reslizumab); the role of proton pump inhibitors; treating acute, non-chronic cough associated with upper respiratory infections are covered.


This course is the result of a creative partnership between the Association of Asthma Educators and Western Schools. This presentation took place on August 6, 2016, at the Association of Asthma Educators 2016 Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

Video Production: Ed Roy Media (Jacksonville, Florida)

Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Planning Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7295  

Release Date: August 17, 2017

Expiration Date: August 17, 2020

Introducing the concept of creating a healthcare facilities disaster-planning guide initially may raise eyebrows, because society assumes that every facility is already prepared for anything. Both state and federal agencies have pushed, nudged, and offered resources to facilities to “get prepared,” yet the reality is that most facilities have only a basic emergency preparedness plan, preparing for a specific type of regional disaster based on their best guess of which event will occur. Although it is true that the facility cannot fully prepare for everything, these basic plans are “off-the-shelf” plans designed to be implemented in response to predefined specific events and lack the needed flexibility to be readily adapted to unexpected disasters.

This intermediate-level course is intended for healthcare professionals, emergency management, and administrators. The information in this course outlines the initial plans to address a multitude of possible variations of disaster. After completing this course, healthcare professionals will have the basic information they need to develop an effective plan for a potential disaster or mass casualty incident. The plan will reflect the facility’s ability to adapt to critical environmental and organizational needs and risks.


Ethical Issues and Decision Making for Respiratory Therapists, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7304  

Release Date: February 28, 2018

Expiration Date: February 28, 2021

This advanced level course covers the essential ethical principles for respiratory therapists and other healthcare providers. The contents of this course include many ethical issues that respiratory therapists and others may encounter in patient care settings. Additional contents include discussions on professional moral dilemmas, ethical theories (e.g., utilitarianism, deontologic ethics (Kantianism), social contract theory, virtue ethics). Examples are used to illustrate principles that guide ethical decision making. Case studies are used throughout this course to reinforce understanding and learning of the essential ethical principles.


California RTs - This course is not approved to fulfill your law & ethics requirement.

New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio & Tennessee RTs - This course fulfills your ethics requirement.

Ethical Practices with Older Adults, Revised Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7318  

Release Date: February 9, 2018

The number of older adults (age 65 and older) living in the United States is growing rapidly. Almost 60 million older adults were living in the United States in 2016. This number is projected to rise to over 72 million by 2030, when approximately one in five U.S. residents will be age 65 or older. The rapid growth of the older population results from multiple factors including medical advances, life-prolonging technologies, and the aging of the Baby Boom generation (whose members began turning 65 years old in 2011).
In coming years, healthcare professionals will face this aging of the population, along with the accompanying health and economic challenges. The purpose of this course is to highlight ethical issues that may confront healthcare and behavioral health professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. Many of these issues are related to advances in medical technologies that have occurred over the past several decades (and that continue to be developed) and have led to increasingly complex choices. The course will provide background on ethical frameworks and principles used in healthcare settings for guidance in resolving ethical problems. This course will also identify major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provide a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings.
This basic-level course is written for healthcare professionals, including nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapy practitioners, and respiratory therapists. Other healthcare professionals who work with older adults and on interdisciplinary teams will also find the information presented useful to their practice.

Evidence-Based Strategies for Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7281  

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Expiration Date: September 5, 2020

This course provides a comprehensive coverage of scientific and clinical evidence for successful weaning from mechanical ventilation for respiratory therapists. Major topics in this course include: indications for mechanical ventilation, factors affecting readiness for weaning, clinical considerations, criteria for weaning and discontinuance, monitoring parameters and adverse reactions, progressive withdrawal of mechanical ventilation, and spontaneous breathing trial (SBT), SBT procedures and SBT failure. Clinical practice exercise with discussion are also included at the end of this course. Pre-test and post-test questions are used to assess learning outcomes. A list of references is provided as a guide for additional reading.

Guidelines to Optimizing Patient Care, 2nd Edition

Price: $9.95 
Item # V7257  

Release Date: April 18, 2016

Expiration Date: April 19, 2019

Americans demand clinical quality standards, and they expect a commitment from all healthcare institutions to delivering safe, quality, and cost-effective medicine. Clinical quality standards are rising quickly, and healthcare institutions cannot afford to fall behind. They must implement strategies that will meet the economic and quality demands expected by third-party payers, patients, and accreditation agencies. Constant evaluation of effectiveness of current practice, cost containment, preventative health measures, and health promotion is necessary. This course identifies tools and measurements that will assist managers and governance boards in the efficient enhancement of cost and resource management through discussions on continuous improvement, W. Edwards Deming's 14 principles, Aims for Improvement, and best practices for displaying performance results. 


High-Frequency Ventilation of the Newborn, 2nd Edition

Price: $9.95 
Item # V7291  

Release Date: February 9, 2018

Expiration Date: February 9, 2021

This intermediate-level course is intended for respiratory therapists, nurses, and physicians. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles behind the use of high-frequency ventilation to achieve optimal ventilation and oxygenation in the neonate. The major classifications of high-frequency ventilation (HFV) are discussed along with indications, advantages, disadvantages, and potential hazards associated with its application. Specific HFV strategies for various disease processes are presented, and the course follows with a case study to help bring the information together. This course is useful for clinicians interested in gaining foundational and updated knowledge about HFV use in the neonate.

Human Trafficking: Overview for Healthcare Professionals

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7320  

Release Date: February 28, 2018

Expiration Date: February 28, 2021

This intermediate level course for healthcare professionals is an introduction into the complex crime of human trafficking, with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and the common symptoms and conditions that occur in trafficked persons. The course provides insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for the trafficked person.


Michigan - Fulfills your one-time only human trafficking training requirement.

Infectious Diseases Related to Domestic and International Travel

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7287  

Release Date: January 10, 2018

Expiration Date: January 10, 2021

This intermediate course is designed for respiratory therapists who may encounter infectious diseases related to domestic and international travel. It begins with a discussion of human migration and the spread of diseases, including contributing factors to the spread of infectious diseases. The course then focuses on specific bacterial, viral, fungal, helminth, and other types of infections and diseases, including causes, transmission, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control that may affect travelers.

Innovations in Asthma Research and Scholarship - VIDEO COURSE

Price: $10.95 
Item # V7264  

Release Date: September 30, 2016

Expiration Date: October 1, 2019

New VIDEO course format.

This course highlights the best in asthma research scholarship, featuring: an award-winning regional asthma management program; a program funded by the American Lung Association focusing on asthma and weight management intervention for overweight and obese children with asthma and their guardian(s); and a lively, evidence-based online asthma education program. The leader of each initiative, ranging from a respiratory therapist to a pediatric psychologist, walks you through their research and findings in this group presentation.



This course is the result of a creative partnership between the Association of Asthma Educators and Western Schools. This presentation took place on August 6, 2016, at the Association of Asthma Educators 2016 Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
Video Production: Ed Roy Media (Jacksonville, Florida)



Lung Cancer

Price: $19.95 
Item # V7309  

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Expiration Date: April 10, 2021

This course presents an overview of lung cancer and updated information for respiratory therapists who work with people at risk for or those diagnosed with lung cancer. In addition, because lung cancer can be a chronic illness, many lung cancer survivors continue to need health care. Lung cancer research continues to focus on prevention, early screening methods, and more effective targeted treatments to improve outcomes and decrease the adverse effects of treatments. Rapid changes in cancer care make it imperative to have current information about prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Oncology-related resources for patients, families, and clinicians are also included.

Management of Common Neuromuscular Disorders, 2nd Edition

Price: $9.95 
Item # V7279  

Release Date: July 25, 2018

Expiration Date: July 25, 2021

The purpose of this intermediate-level review course is to provide respiratory therapists with an overview of the definition, etiology, pathophysiology, and management of common neuromuscular disorders.A detailed discussion is provided for the 3 main neuromuscular disorders - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and Myasthenia gravis. Other neuromuscular disorders included in this course are polio, muscular dystrophies, myopathies, and multiple sclerosis.

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