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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health

 The Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health 

in collaboration with
M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC
presents the


October 11-13, 2017

This comprehensive 2 1/2 day course, presented as a collaboration between The Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center and M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC, is designed for health professionals who conduct spirometry tests and/or interpret test results in industrial and clinical settings. This course is appropriate for those with no spirometry background as well as for experienced spirometry users.

Using lectures, discussions, and practice sessions, the course presents pulmonary pathophysiology, types of spirometers, how to conduct spirometry tests, recognizing testing and equipment errors, supervised use of the spirometer, measurement of the spirogram, and interpretation of results. OSHA standards, ANSI Z88.6-2006 "Respirator Use Physical Qualifications for Personnel," and the 2005 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Guidelines for spirometry are reviewed.

Over half of the class time is devoted to supervised student practice of the techniques presented. Individual attention is ensured by maintaining the student/instructor ratio at 6:1 or better. All lectures are given by Dr. Mary Townsend; all practice session assistants are NIOSH-approved and have extensive spirometry experience. Practical and written examinations are given on the last half-day of the course, and a certificate is awarded if performance is satisfactory.


Course Director

Mary C. Townsend, Dr.P.H.
Principal/ Consultant
M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA

In June, 2010, NIOSH gave their opinion of Dr. Townsend's teaching during her course audit:
"Mary has a wonderful and unique interaction with students. Her subject knowledge is huge. Her energy level keeps students involved and alert. She can communicate with MD's, PhD's, Nurses, Techs, and Aides equally. I believe she does not send students from her course that cannot perform, teach, and collect high spirometry spirometry."


Fee includes comprehensive workbook, a copy of ANSI Z88.6-2006 "Respirator Use Physical Qualifications for Personnel," continuing education credit, continental breakfast and refreshments. Class is limited to 24, so please register early.

Continuing Education Credits

This continuing nursing education (CNE) activity was approved for 19.5 contact hours by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Physicians may claim AMA Category 2 credit for attending this class. Category 2 is self-reported and the course flyer can be kept to indicate course attendance. The proportion of total required CME that is allowed to be AMA Category 2 varies by state.

This program has been approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for 21.82 contact hours of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit.


Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
525 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Carpenter Room (1st Floor)


Please go to the JHU School of Nursing website for directions and parking information.


Please click here for a list of hotels convenient to the school. Some hotels may offer a special Hopkins rate available to course participants. Many offer a free shuttle for transportation.


Please click here to download the spirometry course registration form and email, fax or mail it back to: 

ATTN: Mary C. Townsend, DrPH
MC Townsend Associates, LLC
289 Park Entrance Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228-1824
Phone: 412-343-9946
Fax: 412-343-9947

Visit Mary Townsend's website for more information on her spirometry courses.

JHU Tuition Remission 

Full-time university faculty, staff, and eligible dependents may enroll under the terms of the Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission Program. Registration requires the original approved JHU Tuition Remission voucher and professional development forms submitted with the course registration form. The JHU Benefits site has forms to download and submit. Please complete the spirometry course registration form and the Johns Hopkins University Tuition Remission form and email both to Keith Choi at for processing. 

For More Information Please Contact:

Mary C. Townsend, DrPH
MC Townsend Associates, LLC
289 Park Entrance Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228-1824
Phone: 412-343-9946
Fax: 412-343-9947

Visit the JHU ERC Website for other Continuing Education Course Information.