Exercise Prescription Masterclass

This AACVPR virtual course is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals working in the areas of exercise assessment, prescription, and application of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation participants. Specifically designed to enhance exercise science knowledge, skills, and abilities in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting, the half-day live, virtual masterclass will cover four key areas: foundational exercise science concepts, exercise assessment, exercise prescription/application, and special considerations. The class will be delivered in a half day virtual environment and provide topic application opportunities for attendees.

Registration Information

Registration Update: This educational offering is sold out.

Date: May 21, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. CT
Format: Virtual (Zoom)
Price: AACVPR Members - $250; Non-members - $350

Note: Space is limited to 75 participants

Learning Objectives

By the end of the AACVPR Exercise Prescription Masterclass, attendees will be able to perform the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the foundational principles of exercise science as they relate to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, including cardiopulmonary physiology, exercise metabolism, and physiological responses to exercise in individuals with cardiopulmonary disease.
  • Apply various exercise assessment techniques and protocols to evaluate the functional capacity of participants, interpret assessment results for exercise prescription development, and appropriately risk stratify participants.
  • Design and modify exercise programs in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings based on individual patient data that includes functional capacity, risk stratification, and patient goals using evidence-based guidelines. Additional elements of frequency, intensity, time, and type will be utilized for exercise program modification.
  • Identify and address special considerations encountered by cardiopulmonary rehabilitation participants (e.g., secondary diagnoses and conditions) and how to adjust exercise programming, including scope of practice and consulting other multidisciplinary healthcare team members as needed.

CE Credit

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Continuing Professional Education Committee certifies that the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation’s (AACVPR) Exercise Prescription Masterclass (100025) meets the criteria for 4.0 official ACSM CECs from April 23, 2024 to April 23, 2025. The ACSM Education Provider approved course reflects the concepts of their respective organizations and does not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM.

Course Overview

Module Presenter
Foundational Exercise Principles Patrick Savage, MS, FAACVPR
Exercise Assessment Clinton A. Brawner, PhD and Erik Ostrowski, MS, ACSM-RCEP, ACSM-CEP, EIM 3, CCRP
Developing Exercise Prescription Amanda Bonikowske, PhD
Designing and Modifying Programs Anne Gavic, MPA, RCEP, MAACVPR
Identify and Address Special Considerations in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Garrett Kellar, EdD, CCRP, RCEP, EP, EIM3 and Katherine Menson, DO

Faculty Background

Amanda Bonikowske, PhD

Grant/Research Support: Sleep Number Inc, ends 12/2023; and Consultant: Kento, relationship ongoing

Dr. Bonikowske is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, interprets clinical cardiopulmonary exercise tests in the Mayo Clinic Integrated Stress Center, and conducts research related to primary and secondary prevention of cardiometabolic diseases.

Clinton A. Brawner, PhD

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Dr. Brawner is a clinical exercise physiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit where he is senior staff within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Over the past 25+ years he has worked in cardiac rehabilitation, non-invasive & invasive exercise testing, and clinical research. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Ball State University, a master’s degree in exercise science from Oakland University, and a doctoral degree in public health and epidemiology from Walden University. He is a past president of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association.

Dr. Brawner has served as an author or coauthor on 97 PubMed-indexed manuscripts and 140 professional abstract presentations. He has also contributed to several textbooks, including the 10th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. His research focuses on exercise testing & training among patients with heart disease, fitness and outcomes, cardiopulmonary exercise testing in clinical trials, and cardiac rehabilitation program outcomes.


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Anne is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Manager of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights IL. She did her graduate work in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of WI – Lacrosse and completed a master’s in public administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Anne is a Fellow and Master Fellow of AACVPR and has served three terms on its Board of Directors - including a term as the organization’s President in 2012-13. She is also active in ISCHR, the IL state affiliate and has served as its president and on the Board of Directors.

Anne is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine. She has worked in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for over 30 years and is passionate about the benefits those programs can bring to patients managing chronic heart or lung diseases.

Garrett Kellar, EdD, CCRP, RCEP, EP, EIM3

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Dr. Garrett Kellar is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science at Youngstown State University. He received his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds certifications from the American Associations of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and American College of Sports Medicine and is on multiple committees for both of these organizations. He served as an Associate Editor of the 2nd Edition of ACSM’s Exercise Testing and Prescription textbook and has worked on multiple ancillary material for ACSM textbooks. He has over 15 years of experience in cardiac rehabilitation. His research interests include how function impacts health in older adults and physician endorsement of cardiac rehabilitation.

Katherine Menson, DO

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Dr. Menson is a pulmonologist and intensivist at the University of Vermont where she is currently assistant professor of Medicine. She attended medical school at the University of New England, followed by residency and fellowship at the University of Vermont. She is currently sits on the board of AACVPR and editorial board of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention (JCRP).

Erik Ostrowski, MS, ACSM-RCEP, ACSM-CEP, EIM 3, CCRP

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Erik is the manager of Ambulatory Patient Care Services at Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he oversees many outpatient units, including the Cardiopulmonary Rehab program. He has worked in cardiopulmonary rehab since 2013 and served on the board of directors for ISCHR - the Illinois affiliate - from 2015 to 2020; including a stint as President in 2019. He is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and earned his masters degree in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010. Most recently, Erik developed and presented the Pulmonary Rehab Exercise Training module for AACVPR’s staff competency series.

Patrick Savage, MS, FAACVPR

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Patrick is the Clinical Lead and a Senior Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He was the Editor of the 6th Edition of the Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation, Associate Editor of Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention (JCRP), and a member of AACVPR Research Committee. Research interest include developing alternatives to the traditional exercise prescription and increasing participation in CR among underserved populations.

Ash Walker, DHSc, MA, ACSM-CEP, FAACVPR, AACVPR Immediate Past President and Course Director

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Dr. Ash Walker is an experienced leader in the field of kinesiology and higher education. For over 20 years his experiences include direct patient care as a clinical exercise physiologist, managing the delivery of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs, medical device sales, and educating emerging healthcare professionals. Ash earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the exercise sciences from UNCPembroke. He’s a graduate of the College of Graduate Health Studies at A.T. Still University where he earned a doctorate in health sciences. Additionally, Ash is a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and certified Exercise is Medicine Credential III professional with the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). At UNCP, as teaches a variety of kinesiology and health science courses along with conducting a variety of health science research with colleagues. Ash is professional member of several organizations including the AACVPR, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA). He is also a fellow of the AACVPR and is currently serving on the AACVPR Board of Directors in the role of AACVPR Immediate Past President. Ash is also a past president of the North Carolina Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association(NCCRA), where he served many years prior to serving on the national level. Ash has been an invited keynote presenter at many conferences across the country. Feedback from of his presentations include words like ‘energetic’, ‘passionate’, ‘fun’, and ‘pragmatic’, which are similar elements he emulates in the classroom. He has passion serving and advancing the exercise and health field through collaboration with students and fellow colleagues.