Roy McKay Ph.D.
 NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training

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Course Schedule

  • March 26-28, 2019
  • June 11-13, 2019
  • September 10-12, 2019
  • November 12-14, 2019

Course Fee: $675

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Course Information:
This NIOSH-approved spirometry training course (approval #010) deals with all aspects of spirometry testing. One special aspect of this course is the high quality of individual instruction consisting of three (3) full days. All lectures are given by Dr. Roy McKay, who has taught this course for nearly three (3) decades. This course uses a combination of lectures and hands-on practice to learn spirometry testing. Technique and problem solving sessions will be conducted using small groups with no more than five (5) students per instructor. Because a small class size is important to ensure proper training of the student, the class size is limited.

Our three day program is designed for individuals who desire more information than a 2 day program. The additional day allows more time using the spirometer to improve the student's testing technique. The third day also gives the student an additional evening to prepare for the final exam. A certificate is awarded to all students who successfully pass the final examination.

Painless Format!
We believe spirometry training should be a pleasurable experience. Therefore, our newly revised teaching methods will emphasize learning new skills in a painless manner.

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for persons who will conduct lung function testing. Successful completion of this course will satisfy all NIOSH training requirements.

None. Prior experience conducting pulmonary function tests is NOT needed. Students must, however, have basic math skills (division, multiplication, decimals, percentages, etc) and be able to perform simple calculations using a hand-held calculator.

The participant will learn the proper technique necessary to obtain test results meeting all NIOSH and American Thoracic Society (ATS) requirements. Students will also learn how to calculate specific test results and understand their meaning. Predicted values, significant changes from year-to-year, calibration, and interpretation of test results will be presented.

Course Content Schedule
Day 1:

  • Introduction & Welcome
  • Rationale for Spirometry Testing in the Work Place
  • Anatomy & Physiology Relevant to Spirometry Testing
  • Measurement and Calculation of: FVC, FEV1, FEV1/FVC ratio, etc.
  • ATS Validity & Reproducibility Criteria
  • Technique for Performing Spirometry
  • Break-up into Small Groups
  • Complete Packet of Practicum Problems
  • Leak Testing Practicum
  • "Hands-On" Spirometry Testing
    • Introduction to the Spirometer
    • Testing Technique (administer tests)
Day 2:
  • Review Homework Problems & Discussion
  • Predicted Values
  • Interpretation of Test Results
  • Variability of Spirometry Testing
  • Determination of Significant Changes
    • Year-to-Year, Within-Day, etc.
  • Common Lung Diseases and Spirometry Patterns
  • Break-up into Small Groups (practicum)
  • Complete Packet of Practicum Problems (#2)
  • "Hands-On" Spirometry Testing
    • Practice Testing Technique
    • Improve Testing Skills
  • "Hands-On" Volume Calibration Practicum
Day 3:
  • Review Homework Problems & Discussion
  • Examples of "invalid" Tracings
  • Methods to Improve Testing Technique (Common Pitfalls)
  • Peak Flow and Flow/Volume Tracings
  • Instrument Standards & Requirements
  • Calibration Lecture
  • Calibration Problem Solving
  • Contraindications to Spirometry Testing
  • Miscellaneous Topics
  • Additional Study Time and Hands-On Practice
  • Final Exam

In addition to the above topics, subjects of importance to spirometry testing but not required by NIOSH are included. Exact schedule is subject to change.

About Our Courses:
We don't sell or manufacture spirometry equipment, therefore, our approach is to provide our students the information needed to properly conduct and understand spirometry testing. We have no hidden agenda. The information is presented in an unbiased, understandable, and professional manner. Our practicum instructors have been approved by NIOSH as practicum instructors and have extensive practical experience. They are not technicians who just happen to be available.

  • We talk with people; we don't lecture at them.
  • We limit class size for a more effective learning environment.
  • We teach practical methods to help our students solve current and future problems.
  • We encourage hands-on practice.
  • We have practical experience in solving spirometry problems.
  • We have taught NIOSH approved Spirometry training for 3 decades; therefore, this is not our first time. In fact, the University of Cincinnati and the U.S. Navy helped develop the original NIOSH course training materials and curriculum.
  • Our lecture and practicum materials include the new ATS spirometry guidelines published in September, 1995. Our students are provided the most up to date training materials available.
  • Our training program has stood the test of time. Longevity becomes important if a replacement certificate is ever needed.
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This program is usually held at a local hotel, located between downtown Cincinnati and the Cincinnati International Airport.

When you register, a confirmation letter will be sent with the name, location, and phone number of the host hotel.

Special arrangements will be made to reserve a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Your confirmation letter will have specific details; however, when in doubt identify yourself as a participant with the "University of Cincinnati".

8:00 Free continental breakfast available
8:30 Classes begin
5:15 Class adjourns (Days 1 & 2, 4:00 on Day 3)

Although the program is scheduled to end at approximately 4:00 on the 3rd day, some students may require additional time for the final exam..

This course can be given on-site.
For information call (513) 558-1234.

Tuition: refer to registration form for current fee
Tuition includes all course materials and a comprehensive workbook. Students are enrolled in the order in which payment and registration is received. After payment is received, a confirmation letter will be sent to each student. Students should not make non-refundable travel arrangements until the confirmation letter is received. In the unlikely event the program is canceled due to accident, injury, or other unexpected event, your registration fee will be refunded in full. Liability is however, limited to the course fee. After your registration request is submitted, an email reply should be received within 48 hours. If a reply is not received, send an email to

Refund & Transfer Policy:
Registration is refundable (less a 25% administrative fee) only if notice is received at least 21 days prior to the course date. We will gladly substitute one student for another student for the same course date at any time. Registration is transferable to another course date provided notice is received at least 21 days prior to the course date. A 25% administrative fee is assessed if the transfer request is not received in writing at least 21 days prior to the course date. Refunds are not provided if students do not attend their confirmed course date unless a replacement can be found.

Course Schedule

  • March 26-28, 2019
  • June 11-13, 2019
  • September 10-12, 2019
  • November 12-14, 2019

Course Fee: $675

Register Now