Events & Education

Central to its mission, AACVPR strives to help you provide the highest quality of patient care through the development of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and their programs. To that end, AACVPR offers various Events and Educational Opportunities throughout the year.

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Highlighted Educational Products

Summer Staycation Series

Grab your beach towel and a fruity drink with a tiny umbrella and settle into your home office for AACVPR’s latest opportunity for professional development, the Summer Staycation Webcast Series! Your summer vacation plans may have been dashed, but you can still salvage this summer before Labor Day Weekend with AACVPR's brand new educational tool. This five-part webinar series features innovative ways to improve your cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. The Summer Staycation Series covers these hot topics and includes the opportunity to earn up to 4.5 CEUs.

  • Future Research Directions in CR: Questions That Need to be Answered, and Ways to Answer Them
    Track: CR
    Speakers: Amanda Bonikowske, PhD, Dr. Joshua Smith, PhD, Thomas Olson, PhD
  • Remote Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    Track: PR
    Speakers: Abby Cohen, Noah Greenspan, DPT, CCS, EMT-B
  • Anxiety In Your Cardiac Rehab Patients with and without Devices – Identification, Assessment, and Management
    Track: Behavioral Change
    Speakers: Eva Serber, PhD
  • Navigating the New Nutrition Facts Panel: Straightforward Strategies for Your Cardiac Patients
    Track: Nutrition
    Speakers: Kerri Whitley, MS, RD/LD, EPC, CCRP
  • Finding and Creating Joy in Work
    Track: Innovative Leadership
    Speakers: Lisa Perrin, BSN, RN, CCRP


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Essentials of Cardiac Rehabilitation 

Designed for the cardiac rehabilitation professional in search of the tools needed to build a strong program, AACVPR introduces a new education resource: Essentials of Cardiac Rehabilitation Management. This program consists of a series of fivewebinars, built on evidence-based guidelines and emerging evidence for alternative CR models. Learn the essentials of cardiac rehab program management to support the strong growth of your CR program.

This series consists of the following modules: 

  • Module 1: Using Medicare Rules to Build a Better Cardiac Rehabilitation Program presented by Karen Lui, RN, MS, MAACVPR
  • Module 2: Providing a Personalized Exercise Prescription for the Clinical Patient presented by Dennis J. Kerrigan PhD, FACSM, RCEP
  • Module 3: The Role of the Medical Director presented by Richard A Josephson, MS, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FAACVPR
  • Module 4: Risk Factors: Prioritization and Resources presented by Tamara Garwick, MA, ACSM, RCEP, CES, FAACVPR and Tracy Herrewig, MS, RCEP, MAACVPR
  • Module 5: Measuring and Tracking Outcomes to Improve Care presented by Marjorie King, MD, FACC, MAACVPR

CE Credits Available: 4.75 content hours for AACVPR and ACSM

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Essentials of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Management 

Designed for the pulmonary rehabilitation professional in search of the tools needed to build a strong program, AACVPR introduces a new education resource: Essentials of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Management. This AARC-approved program consists of a series of four webinars, built on evidence-based guidelines and emerging evidence for alternative PR models. Learn the essentials of pulmonary rehab program management to support the strong growth of your PR program.

This series consists of the following modules: 

  • Module 1: Review of Program Management Basics presented by Trina Limberg, BS, RRT, FAARC, MAACVPR
  • Module 2: Program Formatting & Physician Involvement presented by Gerilynn Connors, BS, RRT, FAARC, MAACVPR
  • Module 3: Billing, Coding and Documentation presented by Janie Knipper, RN, MA, MAACVPR
  • Module 4: Tracking Program Metrics Beyond Outcomes presented by Chris Garvey, FNP, MSN, MPA, MAACVPR

CE Credits Available: 4.0 content hours for AACVPR and AARC

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Performance Measures

The 2018 Program Certification process and application will focus on helping programs assess patient outcomes that can be impacted by cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation. The goal is to help drive changes in programming if needed. Demonstrating value in healthcare is of the utmost importance. Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs are being called upon to demonstrate the “value add” of participation in the programs. This means, quite simply, that we must demonstrate and report outcomes for patients that result from having participated in Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The AACVPR Quality of Care Committee (QCC) in conjunction with members of the Program Certification and Registry Committees, developed six core outcome measures and one process measure that CR and PR Programs will need to report on to assess whether the care provided in the program leads to meaningful patient outcomes or whether changes need to be made in order to improve patient outcomes. 

The AACVPR Education Committee has produced a series of seven webinars–one for each core outcome measure-that details the description and definition of the measure, the rationale for the choice of the measure, how to collect the data related to that measure and calculate the outcome, and references to provide in depth information related to the measure. 

  • Performance Measures for Cardiac Rehabilitation: Improvement in Functional Capacity; Optimal Blood Pressure Control; Tobacco Use Intervention; and Improvement in Depression. 

  • Performance Measures for Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Improvement in Dyspnea; Improvement in Functional Capacity; and Improvement in Health Related Quality of Life.

These webinars are comprehensive, succinct presentations that include all the information you need to understand the Performance Measures and reporting requirements for Program Certification.

You can now purchase these webinars individually or as a set (CR, PR, or both) and have access to the content for one year from date of acquisition. Don’t be left behind by the rapidly changing world of program certification. Help yourself, your staff, and your patients by staying up to date with the help of these webinars.

Please note: CEC is not offered for these products as they are considered a resource.

Click here to purchase the Performance Measures today!

Exercise Prescription Modules

Augment Your Practice with Exercise Prescription eLearning Modules! Learn from the experts with AACVPR's new Exercise Prescription eLearning Modules! These interactive sessions highlight key components to developing an exercise prescription for cardiovascular endurance and resistance training in a broad range of patients with heart disease. You'll learn to assess patients for cardiac prescription, develop an exercise program, and use telemetry monitoring appropriately.

Participants will earn 2.0 hours of AACVPR credit for completing the modules. AACVPR credits can be applied toward recertification through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Complete all four e-learning modules to learn how to:

  • Complete a pre-exercise assessment for a cardiac patient.
  • Develop an exercise prescription for a cardiac patient.
  • Describe the process of a successful exercise session for a cardiac patient.
  • Analyze parameters for appropriate use of telemetry monitoring.
  • Identify important information relative to the development of an exercise prescription for program and professional certification.

Members: $99
Non- Members:  $148

AACVPR Members: please be sure you are logged into your account to activate the membership discount!

Click here to purchase the Exercise Prescription Modules today!

Share with Your Team:


These modules are available to be shared among teams to develop the exercise prescription staff competency. CE credit can be purchased for additional people for $30 per person in the Online Store. Participants will receive 2.0 hours of AACVPR credit for completing the modules.

Staff Competencies for Core Components

AACVPR understands new healthcare challenges that are leading to budget and staff constraints for our members’ programs. It is with these constraints in mind that we’ve created a new time and cost-effective educational resource. Our new Staff Competencies for Core Components is a comprehensive virtual education series that provides:

Vital information on core components in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation delivered from our experts via on-demand webcasts and
Pre-prepared staff competencies so you can easily test and demonstrate proficiency among your team members

Click here to purchase the Staff Competencies for Core Components Series in the AACVPR online store!


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