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What does the APTA Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy have to offer its student members?

Leadership opportunities for #FreshPT(s) include participation in section committees:

  • Education
  • Legislative and Reimbursement
  • Membership
  • Public Relations
  • Programming
  • Publications
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Specialty Council for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy 

Discounts on section-sponsored programming and products:

  • Preconference courses at CSM
  • Monitoring Clinical Response to Exercise booklet, Heart Owner's Manual, and more

Sponsorship for student dues

  • Any active or affiliate member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section can sponsor a student by offering to pay their section dues for a year

A message from CVP Leadership:

"To quote Mary Massery, 'If you can't breathe you can't function' and this applies to every single patient you will see. If your patient can't breathe and heart doesn't beat, they can't participate in PT. Our section welcomes involvement from students who can volunteer at our booth or participate in article reviews. We also have our own blog at and the Cardiopulmonary PT Journal podcast. The podcast basically gives you free access to articles. All students should join this section!"
- Nancy Smith, PT, DPT, GCS, Co-Chair of Public Relations Committee

"All students will treat patients with a heart and lungs and you will need how to treat them. Vitals are vital!"
- Bobby Belarmino, PT, DPT, MA, CCS

To learn more visit the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section website.

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