An online course presented by the Learning Center of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will focus on the management of patients with cardiovascular and/or pulmonary disorders. The course is designed to incorporate best evidence, legal/ethical, imaging, pharmacological, medical screening, business and coding, and all will be implemented in professional clinical practice for persons with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders/dysfunction. Clinical reasoning will be emphasized in the case studies.

The online course description notes that after participants complete the course, they will be able to explain endurance and endurance activities, ventilator or anaerobic threshold, the importance the various body systems have on endurance activities, and oxygen consumptions and its relationship to fitness. Participants will also be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate and integrate scientific findings into the development of a patient plan of care for individuals with these disorders.

Additional course objectives include: demonstrating sound clinical problem-solving and critical thinking skills in screening and examination of this patient population; performing screening programs appropriate for cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders; and synthesizing laboratory values for proper modification of patient intervention. Also, participants will be able to explain the implications of pathology leading to endurance impairments, functional limitations, and disability for conditions such as coronary heart disease.

The presenters for this online course will be Steven H. Tepper, PT, PhD, and Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS. Participants who successfully complete the course examination will receive a certificate of completion and will be awarded 1.1 CEUs. APTA members and non-members are welcome to participate. For additional course information and registration details, visit

[Source: APTA Learning Center]