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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

March 8-10, 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:

* DuBois Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. DuBois Regional Medical Center designates this a continuing medical education activity and it awards 19.50 AMA Physicians Recognition Award Category 1 Credits and the Pennsylvania Medical Society Member CME Certification. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Faculty participants in continuing medical education activities sponsored by DuBois Regional Medical Center are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflicts of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentations.

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

Please go to the 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.


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 send any completed Johns Hopkins University Tuition Remission forms 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.