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Staff Competencies for Core Components: Full Series Bundle

AACVPR understands new healthcare challenges are leading to budget and staff constraints for our members’ programs. It is with these constraints in mind that we’ve created this time- and cost-effective educational course bundle. The Staff Competencies for Core Components is a comprehensive series that provides vital information on core components in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation delivered from our experts. This series will provide eleven (11) modules of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation staff-ready competencies, and 11.5 AACVPR CEUs.

Access license is active for 12 months from date of purchase. The CE certificate for the course will be issued upon completion of the full bundle. Handouts and PDF knowledge assessments are included within each module as handouts for download. 

Lipid Management presented by Todd Brown, MD, MSPH, FACC, FAHA, MAACVPR
Recorded in 2023, this course will review basic lipid metabolism and the data supporting dyslipidemia as a cardiovascular risk factor. Then, it will cover both the non-pharmacologic (lifestyle) and pharmacologic treatments of dyslipidemia and how they reduce cardiovascular risk in patients with dyslipidemia.

Physical Activity Assessment presented by Patrick Savage, MS, FAACVPR
Recorded in 2023, this courser will focus on defining the various aspects of physical activity, examine the impact of physical activity on cardiovascular disease risk, and review the general recommendations for physical activity.

Psychosocial Management presented by Joel W. Hughes, PhD, FAACVPR
Recorded in 2023, this course will review and update the information related to Pulmonary/Cardiac Core Competencies for staff to best manage the patient in the rehabilitation setting.

Nutrition Counseling presented by Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN
Recorded in 2023, this provide accurate updated information regarding obesity as a disease, contributing factors to being obese or overweight, diagnostic techniques for accurate assessment, and strategies for effective counseling.
Cardiac Exercise Training presented by Teresa Eber Lee, EdD, RCEP, CCRP, ACE
Recorded in 2023, this course will provide the theory and practice of prescribing exercise for individuals with cardiac conditions.

Patient Assessment presented by Jill Fox, RN-BC, BSN, FAACVPR
Recorded in 2023, this course will take the cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehab professional through the steps of a comprehensive patient assessment. The Core Competencies for patient assessment are emphasized and case studies are utilized as examples of the process.

Pulmonary Exercise Training presented by Erik Ostrowski, MS, MHA, RCEP, CCRP
Recorded in 2023, this course will review the most recent clinical guidelines and recommendations for exercise testing and prescription for patients with a chronic lung disease, including the frequency, intensity, time, type, volume, and progression variables. Additionally, safety considerations and disease-specific modifications will be addressed.

Blood Pressure Management presented by Paul Oh, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP, FAACVPR
Recorded in 2023, this course is an up-to-date comprehensive review of the evaluation and management of hypertension, tailored towards rehabilitation professionals.

Diabetes Management presented by Jacqueline I. Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDES
Recorded in 2023, this course will provide information for cardiac rehab providers on diabetes, management of the disease, structure meal plan, safe exercising while managing blood glucose.

Pulmonary Medications presented by Karen Edwards, MS, RCEP, RRT, FAACVPR
Recorded in 2023, this course will provide an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by pulmonary rehab professionals to successfully complete the PR Medications Module portion of the Staff Competencies for Core Components.

Tobacco Cessation presented by Laura Lucchesi, MS, BSN, CTTS
Recorded in 2023, this course will provide the most up to date information on tobacco treatment efficacy and best practices, as well as how to implement them into a clinical setting. Main areas of focus include cessation pharmacotherapy, motivational interviewing strategies, e-cigarette use, and an overview of how to incorporate tobacco treatment into the cardiac and pulmonary rehab setting.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will review basic lipid metabolism and the data supporting dyslipidemia as a cardiovascular risk factor. Then, it will cover both the non-pharmacologic (lifestyle) and pharmacologic treatments of dyslipidemia and how they reduce cardiovascular risk in patients with dyslipidemia.

    Presented by Todd M. Brown, MD, MSPH, FACC, FAHA, MAACVPR

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures 

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course, recorded in 2023, will review basic lipid metabolism and the data supporting dyslipidemia as a cardiovascular risk factor. Then, it will cover both the non-pharmacologic (lifestyle) and pharmacologic treatments of dyslipidemia and how they reduce cardiovascular risk in patients with dyslipidemia.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) Understand basic lipid metabolism and the role of dyslipidemia as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

    2.) Understand lifestyle recommendations for the treatment of dyslipidemia.

    3.) Understand the pharmacologic treatment of dyslipidemia.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will focus on defining the various aspects of physical activity, examine the impact of physical activity on cardiovascular disease risk, and review the general recommendations for physical activity.

    Presented by Patrick D. Savage, MS

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course, recorded in 2023, will focus on defining the various aspects of physical activity, examine the impact of physical activity on cardiovascular disease risk, and review the general recommendations for physical activity.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) Define the recommendations for physical activity

    2.) Describe the challenges and practical solutions to assist participants in phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation achieve optimal levels of physical activity

    3.) Describe the various methods available to measure physical activity

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The goal of this course is to review and update the information related to Pulmonary/Cardiac Core Competencies for staff to best manage the patient in the rehabilitation setting.

    Presented by Joel W. Hughes, PhD, FAACVPR

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures 

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    The goal of this course, recorded in 2023, is to review and update the information related to Pulmonary/Cardiac Core Competencies for staff to best manage the patient in the rehabilitation setting.

    Learning objectives: 

    1.) Participants will be able to state the primary requirements of the AACVPR Core Components with respect to psychosocial management.

    2.) Participants will be familiar with several psychosocial factors that are risk factors for poor outcomes in secondary prevention.

    3.) Participants will be able to articulate several possible services for psychosocial management.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will provide accurate updated information regarding obesity as a disease, contributing factors to being obese or overweight, diagnostic techniques for accurate assessment, and strategies for effective counseling.

    Presented by Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course, recorded in 2023, will provide accurate updated information regarding obesity as a disease, contributing factors to being obese or overweight, diagnostic techniques for accurate assessment, and strategies for effective counseling.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) Identify contributing factors to obesity and overweight.

    2.) Aside from BMI, identify ways to assess body composition

    3.) Understand the energy equation

    4.) Know the dietary goals and identify strategies when meeting with patients to help them to develop

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will provide the theory and practice of prescribing exercise for individuals with cardiac conditions.

    Presented by Teresa Eber Lee, EdD, RCEP, CCRP, ACE-Health Coach

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures 

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course, recorded in 2023, will provide the theory and practice of prescribing exercise for individuals with cardiac conditions.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) Participants will be able to identify those patients that may have contraindications for safely participating in an exercise program.

    2.) Participants will have the knowledge to apply the recommendations for aerobic based exercise prescription in cardiac patients.

    3.) Participants will be able to describe the components of the exercise prescription for muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and balance.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will take the cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehab professional through the steps of a comprehensive patient assessment. The Core Competencies for patient assessment are emphasized and case studies are utilized as examples of the process.

    Presented by Jill Fox, BSN, RN-BC, FAACVPR

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course will take the cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehab professional through the steps of a comprehensive patient assessment. The Core Competencies for patient assessment are emphasized and case studies are utilized as examples of the process.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) The learner will be able to identify the steps to obtain a comprehensive medical, social, and family history through interview, review of medical records, and questionnaires.

    2.) The learner will be able to explain the components of a physical examination of the cardiovascular & pulmonary systems.

    3.) The learner will be able to describe interactive communication and counseling with the patient/family on the treatment plan through shared decision making.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will review the most recent clinical guidelines and recommendations for exercise testing and prescription for patients with a chronic lung disease, including the frequency, intensity, time, type, volume, and progression variables.

    Presented by Erik Ostrowski, MS, MHA, RCEP, CCRP

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures 

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    Exercise training is the cornerstone of pulmonary rehabilitation. This course, recorded in 2023, will review the most recent clinical guidelines and recommendations for exercise testing and prescription for patients with a chronic lung disease, including the frequency, intensity, time, type, volume, and progression variables. Additionally, safety considerations and disease-specific modifications will be addressed.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.) Understand the extent to which shortness of breath impacts patients with chronic pulmonary disease

    2.) Describe the adaptations and potential benefits that occur with exercise training on patients with chronic pulmonary disease

    3.) Demonstrate knowledge of exercise testing and programming principles for patients with chronic pulmonary disease

    4.) Be able to develop a safe and effective exercise prescription for a pulmonary rehab patient using evidence-based guidelines and best-practice recommendations

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course will provide an up-to-date comprehensive review of the evaluation and management of hypertension, tailored towards rehabilitation professionals.

    Presented by Paul Oh, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP, FAACVPR

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course, recorded in 2023, will provide an up-to-date comprehensive review of the evaluation and management of hypertension, tailored towards rehabilitation professionals.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.) Understand the importance of high blood pressure as a risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality

    2.) Understand the initial evaluation and assessment of patients with high blood pressure

    3.) Understand the general treatment and management strategies involved in the care of patients with high blood pressure.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course provides information for cardiac rehab providers on diabetes, management of the disease, structure meal plan, safe exercising while managing blood glucose.

    Presented by Jacqueline I. Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures 

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    This course, recorded in 2023, provides information for cardiac rehab providers on diabetes, management of the disease, structure meal plan, safe exercising while managing blood glucose.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) Learners will understand the pathophysiology of diabetes; diabetes management.

    2.) Learners will understand basic diabetes management including proper nutrition, medications, and exercise in presence of diabetes complications.

    3.) Learners will understand strategies to manage blood glucose during cardiac rehab setting.

  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The course will provide an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by pulmonary rehab professionals to successfully complete the PR Medications Module portion of the Staff Competencies for Core Components.

    Presented by Karen A. Edwards, MS, RCEP, RRT, FAACVPR

    Disclosures: no relevant disclosures 

    1.00 AACVPR CEUs

    The course, recorded in 2023, will provide an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by pulmonary rehab professionals to successfully complete the PR Medications Module portion of the Staff Competencies for Core Components.

    Learning Objectives: 

    1.) Learn the inhaled, oral, and injectable medications commonly used by patients in pulmonary/respiratory rehab for a variety of disease states

    2.) Be able to describe the proper technique for using metered dose inhalers (MDI) with and without a valved holding chamber, dry powder inhaler (DPI) and nebulizer (portable and table-top)

    3.) State the common side effects of the medication, common errors in administration and/or technique made by patients when using certain medications or inhaled devices and action to take to minimize or correct as needed