Interventional Pulmonology Assistant
Earn a Certificate in Interventional Pulmonology Assistant
About the Program
Interventional Pulmonology (IP) is a new medical subspecialty that has radically changed the approach to evaluating and treating pulmonary conditions. The first Board Certification for Pulmonologists in this subspecialty was December 2013.
Foothill offers an 8-course, fully-online Certificate of Achievement program that will take approximately one year to complete to become an IP assistant.
You will take two courses each quarter in sequence. See course descriptions.
Role of the IP Assistant
IP assistants are trained respiratory therapists who assist with IP procedures. They assist physicians who perform a large number of procedures including,
- obtaining biopsies of pulmonary nodules,
- diagnosis, and staging of lung cancer,
- treatment of lung cancer
- diagnosis and treatment of pleural diseases.
The majority of these procedures are minimally-invasive non-surgical procedures done with the use of a bronchoscope.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program:
- You will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to assist with interventional pulmonology procedures.
- You will be able to demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills, technical skills, and knowledge necessary to provide competent care in a multidisciplinary environment.
See our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the program and how to apply.