Who can become a member?
To qualify for membership, a respiratory care student must have completed 50% of their respiratory care courses and hold a GPA which ranks in the top 25 percent of the respiratory class. The individual must be of good character and be nominated by faculty or chapter officers from a Lambda Beta Chapter. Also, a graduate who meets the 25% criteria at the time of graduation can become a member of Lambda Beta as an Alumni member. If a graduate from any CoARC approved or CAAHEP (or its predecessor CAHEA) accredited program that is no longer in existence, providing that the individual met the membership qualifications at the time of the individual’s graduation. These individuals may nominate themselves for membership and shall provide evidence of their academic standing (e.g., a transcript or a letter from a member of the program faculty who attests to the candidate’s academic ability) All candidates who apply for this type of membership require full Board approval.
Individuals accepting a nomination to become a Lambda Beta member must submit an application and a one-time $25 fee to the Executive Office. Upon receipt, the Executive Office will forward a new member packet including a certificate and ribbon to be worn on a graduation gown.
Student Membership Categories:
Member – an individual enrolled or recent graduate (less than 30 days) from a program which grants an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree.
Membership can also be conferred upon alumnae who have met the above requirements and maintained an ethical record since graduation and faculty who hold a full or part-time teaching appointment and are currently teaching.
The Society also awards honorary membership as described below.
National Honorary Members – Reserved for any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the progress and/or development or the art, science, literature or public understanding of respiratory care. This category is an honorary title and only one per year is granted by the Executive Board. Any member or chapter can nominate National Honorary members by submission of a nomination letter to the Executive Board. This award is presented during the Lambda Beta Reception at the AARC International Respiratory Congress each year.
Honorary Chapter Members – Reserved for any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the progress and/or development of the respiratory care program at the Chapter’s institution. This category is an honorary title and only one per chapter, per year shall be granted by the Executive Board.