Asthma Basics

Asthma Basics is a free one hour interactive online learning module designed to help people learn more about asthma. This course is ideal for frontline healthcare professionals, such as school nurses or community health workers, as well as individuals with asthma, parents of children with asthma, co-workers, friends and family who want to learn more about asthma.

This program will teach participants to:

  1. Recognize and manage triggers,
  2. Understand the value of an asthma action plan, and
  3. Recognize and respond to a breathing emergency.

One of the highlights of this learning module is the animation What is Asthma? that shows the three primary changes in the airways during an asthma episode.

Asthma Basics also includes comprehensive resources, including videos and downloadable documents.

Registration for the American Lung Association Asthma Basics Online Course

  1. Accessing this course is quick and easy via American Lung Association's LUNGsmart. Simply register by clicking HERE.
    Click "New User" and complete the short form.
    You will use your email address as your username and create a password.
  2. To take the course, log back into LUNGsmart using your email/username and password.
    Click on the "Catalog" tab
    From the "Catalog" page, select the Public Health Education category and locate the Asthma Basics course.

To participate on the online course, be sure that your computer has the following:

  • Windows or Macintosh based PC
  • Audio capability
  • Flash Player 10 or later (
  • One of the following internet browsers:
    Windows: Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox 3.6x or later, Google Chrome 10.x or later
    Macintosh: Safari 5 or later, Firefox 15.0 or later, Google Chrome 10.x or later

If you have any questions, contact with 'LUNGsmart' in the subject line.