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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 17-19, 2018


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."


Fee includes:

​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.


West Reading Room 
Welch Medical Library 

Johns Hopkins University
1900 East Monument Street 
Baltimore, MD 21205


If you are driving, paid parking is available at the Washington Street Garage, located at the corner of East Monument Street and North Washington Street. Click here for a Google Maps view of the garage. 

Walking directions from the Washington Street Garage to the Welch Library can be found here through Google Maps.


Dr. Townsend has reserved a block of rooms for students of this course for $109.00 per night and valet parking for $16.00 per day. They provide a courtesy shuttle that travels to and from the course location.

Home2 Suites by Hilton in Downtown Baltimore
8 East Pleasant Street
altimore, MD 21202. 

For reservations please call them at 410-576-1200, press "0" to get the front desk, and ask for the group code "JHU" for the special rate. 

If you would prefer to stay at another hotel, a link to area hotels convenient to the Welch Library can be found here. Scroll down and click on the "download a complete list of hotels" link to view the pdf. Many offer taxi vouchers or a courtesy shuttle back and forth to the hospital - please make sure to double check shuttle availability and schedule before booking. 

The closest hotel within walking distance is the Residence Inn Baltimore located one block away at 800 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21205. 


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

Fax: 412-343-9947


Phone: 412-343-9946

Please visit Mary Townsend's website for more information on her other 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.