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Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAPTA

Ellen Hillegass Instructor Bio:

Dr. Ellen Hillegass is a physical therapist with APTA board certification in the cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty. She currently is a Professor on the Core Faculty at South College Knoxville and Atlanta and is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer University in Atlanta in the Department of Physical Therapy. Ellen is also the President and CEO of PT Cardiopulmonary Educators, a web-based education company providing webinars for continuing education and residency education that also has a core curriculum in Cardiopulmonary for DPT programs. She is also the founder of a Clinical Residency in Cardiopulmonary through Mercer University in conjunction with Piedmont Hospital.

Ellen Hillegass was the chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Revision Committee on Venous Thromboembolism for the APTA (published in Physical Therapy journal in April of 2022) and is the past chair of the Oxygen Recommendations Task Force for the APTA. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the highest honor given by the APTA. She is the editor of Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, an entry-level text with its fourth edition published in June 2016, as well as the author of a clinical notes book entitled PT Clinical Notes (formerly Rehab Notes).

Ellen received her entry-level training in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Medical Science in cardiopulmonary physiology from Emory University, and her doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation involved muscle morphology in the spinal-cord-injured patient.

Ellen Hillegass's Continuing Education Courses

Preventing Readmission With COPD: Transition From Acute to Home Care

Preventing Readmission With COPD: Transition From Acute to Home Care

Readmission to the hospital for patients with COPD is a national concern. It is a problem for hospitals because it comes with a penalty from CMS if the readmission occurs within 30 days of discharge. Patients with COPD require monitoring…

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Preventing Readmission With Heart Failure

Preventing Readmission With Heart Failure

Readmission to the hospital for patients with heart failure is a national concern. It is a problem for hospitals because it comes with a penalty from CMS if the readmission occurs within 30 days of discharge. Patients with heart failure…

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Early Mobility in the ICU: Overview, the Evidence, and the Practice

Early Mobility in the ICU: Overview, the Evidence, and the Practice

Therapists are often challenged when presented with complex ICU patients. These patients may have cardiovascular and/or pulmonary complications or dysfunction, as well as other medical conditions. They may also have many lines or tubes.…

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Clinical Concepts for COVID-19: Pathophysiology and Related Impairments

Clinical Concepts for COVID-19: Pathophysiology and Related Impairments

Video Runtime: 51 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 7 Minutes

COVID-19 presents a challenge in the post-acute phase of rehabilitation, due to the large numbers of individuals with new cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP)… Read More

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Assessment and Outcomes for COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting

Assessment and Outcomes for COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting

Video Runtime: 38 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 4 Minutes

COVID-19 presents a challenge in the post-acute phase of rehabilitation, due to the large numbers of individuals with new cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP)… Read More

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Case Studies on Post-COVID Recovery

Case Studies on Post-COVID Recovery

Video Runtime: 32 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 7 Minutes

COVID-19 presents a challenge in the post-acute phase of rehabilitation, due to the large numbers of individuals with new cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP)… Read More

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Developing Exercise Programs for Complex Patients (Recorded Webinar)

Developing Exercise Programs for Complex Patients (Recorded Webinar)

Video Runtime: 177 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and… Read More

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