Virtual Course – Pave the Way to Success on the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty (CCS) Exam

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Date(s) - 10/24/20 - 11/01/20
8:00 am - 12:30 pm

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A 4-DAY COURSE BEING HELD VIA LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 24 & 25  FROM 8-12:30 AND OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 1  FROM 8-12:30 (To allow all time zones to be able to participate, this is mountain time) 


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) established the specialist certification program in 1978. As of June 2016, there were 20,144 Board Certified Specialists. Of these, 254 are certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialists. Every year, individuals hoping to take the CCS seek assistance in examination preparation. Due to conflict of interest, the ABPTS and the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA are unable to provide comprehensive advice and instruction for the best way to prepare for this exam. Thus, there are very few resources available for these individuals and many people postpone the process of specialization. This course intends to demystify the process of preparing for this exam. We will cover the most prevalent topics on the exam in the depth of knowledge required for successfully passing the examination.

Level of Education: Advanced

COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of this course participants will be able to independently

  1. describe the anatomy and physiology of the human oxygen transport system,
  2. explain the pathophysiology of 3 commonly seen cardiovascular diseases,
  3. explain the pathophysiology of 3 commonly seen pulmonary diseases,
  4. interpret 3 cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnostic tests,
  5. perform a chest exam and alter the performance of the fragile cardiovascular and pulmonary patient with breathing and airway clearance techniques,
  6. interpret the results of a maximum exercise test,
  7. analyze 3 cardiovascular and pulmonary medications including their mechanism of action, why they are prescribed and how they act on the cardiovascular or pulmonary system,
  8. design a treatment plan for a patient with cardiovascular disease,
  9. design a treatment plan for a patient with pulmonary disease, and
  10. design a treatment plan for a pediatric patient with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.

Course Agenda:

Saturday, October 24

8-9: Cardiovascular Anatomy

9:15-10:15: Cardiovascular Pathophysiology

10:30-12:30: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing

Sunday, October 25

8-10: Cardiovascular Interventions

10:15-12:15: Exercise Testing and Prescription

12:15-12:30: Ask the experts

Saturday, October 31

8-9: Pulmonary Anatomy

9:15-10:15: Pulmonary Pathophysiology

10:30-12:30: Chest Examination and Pulmonary Interventions

Sunday, November 1

8-10: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medications

10:15-12:15: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pediatric Conditions and Treatment Strategies

12:15-:12:30: Ask the Experts



Bookings are closed for this event.