AACVPR & UW-La Crosse Collaboration

Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Workshop

April 27 - April 30, 2015

AACVPR and the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL) are joining together to offer a Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation workshop. This workshop is considered essential for anyone who is new to cardiac rehabilitation or who needs an up-to-date refresher on current trends in the field.

For many years, AACVPR members have voiced the need for a workshop that covers the core components involved in setting up and running a successful cardiac rehabilitation program. Rather than “reinventing the wheel”, AACVPR has partnered with UWL to fill this void. The La Crosse Exercise and Health Program has offered continuing education workshops for the past 37 years and has had professionals from all 50 states and 38 foreign countries attend one of their workshops.

This Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Workshop will not only focus on the basics, but will provide an up-to-date overview of the theory and practice of inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation. There will be a strong emphasis on exercise physiology, exercise prescription, administrative concerns, and secondary prevention strategies.

According to John Porcari, PhD, Executive Director of the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, and a Past-President of AACVPR, “One thing that makes this workshop special is that all of the speakers are actively working in the field, are involved in the national association or their state society, and are very willing to share their expertise with workshop participants.”

For more information about course content, registration, and housing options, to visit the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program website.

Anyone who is a member of AACVPR or their Affiliate Society will receive a $25 discount!

 Program Description

You will receive a broad, up-to-date overview of the theory and practice of Phase I (inpatient), Phase II (outpatient), Phase III (supervised), and Phase IV (maintenance) cardiac rehabilitation with emphasis on exercise physiology, pathophysiology, administrative considerations, and patient education. We will take you through the process of setting up or updating a total cardiac rehabilitation program and give you hands-on laboratory experiences with exercise leadership and exercise prescription. This workshop provides ~25 CEUs.

Course Content

Workshop begins on Monday at 8:00am with breakfast and registration, and ends at approximately 5:00pm on Thursday.


  • Hints For Starting a Program
  • Model Inpatient and Outpatient Programs
  • Budgeting and Reimbursement
  • Program Certification
  • Documenting Outcomes
  • Developing a Care Plan

Exercise Physiology

  • Bioenergetics
  • Normal and Abnormal Responses to Exercise
  • Training Adaptations

Exercise Prescription

  • Basic Principles of Exercise Prescription
  • Case Studies
  • Complicated Patients (Diabetes, Transplants, PAD, CHF)
  • Resistance Training Guidelines

Patient Services

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychosocial Support
  • Nutrition Services
  • Smoking Cessation

Practical Experiences

  • Chair yoga
  • Rockin' Rehab
  • Chair weight training
  • Tai Chai


Fee: $595 (AACVPR or Affiliate Society members receive a $25 discount)

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