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Physical Therapy Continuing Education eProfessor Profile

Ellen Hillegass PT, Ed.D., CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA


Dr. Hillegass is an educator and a clinician in cardiovascular and pulmonary care. She is a board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Her professional activities include leadership positions in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section for the APTA. She has published multiple research articles as well as authored and co-edited several books.

Examples of Dr. Hillegass’s accomplishments include:

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, APTA, 2012.
  • President of Cardiopulmonary Specialists.
  • Legislative and Reimbursement Chair, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA.
  • Editor of the popular entry-level textbook Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy.
  • Author of Rehab Notes, a clinical notes book.
  • Educator in academic and continuing education programs:
    • Adjunct faculty member at Western Carolina University, Mercer University, and Touro University Nevada.
    • Lecturer for North American Seminars.

Courses

Assessment of Exercise Tolerance for Development of Safe Exercise Prescription (8.50 hours)

Ellen Hillegass PT, Ed.D., CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA

Recommended Lecture Sequence:
  1. Part I: Risk Assessment and Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology (2.50 hours) - $74.88 -    - Buy Course
  2. Part II: The Oxygen Transport System and Normal/Abnormal Responses to Exercise (3.00 hours) - $89.85 -    - Buy Course
  3. Part III: Exercise Assessment and Prescription (3.00 hours) - $89.85 -    - Buy Course
$254.58

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Arrhythmia & ECG Interpretations for Healthcare Professionals (2.50 hours)

Ellen Hillegass PT, Ed.D., CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA

Recommended Lecture Sequence:
  1. Understanding Simple ECG (1.50 hours) - $44.93 -    - Buy Course
  2. Understanding 12 Lead ECG (1.00 hour) - $29.95 -    - Buy Course
$74.88

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From Vent to Rehab: Treatment of the ICU Patient (5.50 hours)

Ellen Hillegass PT, Ed.D., CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA

Recommended Lecture Sequence:
  1. Part I: Understanding ICU Monitoring (2.50 hours) - $74.88 -    - Buy Course
  2. Part II: Understanding Diagnostic Testing, Including Lab Assessment and ICU Priorities in Treatment (3.00 hours) - $89.85 -    - Buy Course
$164.73

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From Vent to Rehab: Treatment of the ICU Patient for Occupational Therapists (5.50 hours)

Ellen Hillegass PT, Ed.D., CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA

Recommended Lecture Sequence:
  1. Part I: Understanding ICU Monitoring (2.50 hours) - $74.88 -    - Buy Course
  2. Part II: Understanding Diagnostic Testing, Including Lab Assessment and Priorities in Treatment (3.00 hours) - $89.85 -    - Buy Course
$164.73

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Peer-Reviewed Publications


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  • Hillegass E, Puthoff M, Frese EM, Thigpen M, Sobush DC, Auten B; Guideline Development Group. Role of physical therapists in the management of individuals at risk for or diagnosed with venous thrombo-embolism: evidence-based clinical practice guideline. Phys Ther. 2016 Feb;96(2):143-66.
  • McVey LW, Hillegass E. A nontraditional approach to cardiac rehabilitation in the dialysis center for a patient with end-stage renal disease following coronary artery bypass surgery: a case report. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2010 Dec;21(4):14-21.
  • Hillegass EA. Breathing retraining for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a role for clinicians. Chron Respir Dis. 2009;6(1):43-4.
  • Hillegass EA, Dudley GA. Surface electrical stimulation of skeletal muscle after spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 1999 Apr;37(4):251-7.
  • Castro MJ, Apple DF, Hillegass EA, Dudley GA. Influence of complete spinal cord injury on skeletal muscle morphology within 6 months of injury. Eur J Appl Physiol. 1999 Sep;80 (4):373-8.
  • Hillegass EA. Exercise assessment, an important outcome tool in the acute care setting. Acute Care Journal. Jan 2007.

Other Publications

  • Hillegass EA, Cahalin L, Ciesla N, Brooks G, Carrio,D. Chapter 6: Cardiopulmonary. In: Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. Alexandria, VA: American Physical Therapy Association; 1997.
  • Hillegass EA. The challenge for the future: five steps to improve quality, incorporate prevention, maintain productivity and have fun. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2008 Jun;19(2):54-60.

Awards

  • Recipient of the Linda Crane Lecture for the APTA, 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, APTA, 1996.
  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow, APTA, 2012

Books

  • Hillegass EA. Rehab Notes. Philadelphia, PA; F.A. Davis: 2006
  • Hillegass EA. Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2011.
  • Hillegass EA. Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2016.
  • Hillegass EA, Sadowsky HS. Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA; Prentice Hall: 2000.

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