PTA CEU Summit

WVC PTA Program CEU Summit:
A day of education for Allied Health Professionals.


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General Information

Date: June 1, 2024

Time: 8:00 am - 5:45 pm CDT

Location: Brubeck Arts Center | 2200 College Drive, Mount Carmel, IL 62863

Special Guest: Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA (click HERE for more info about Dr. Hillegass)

  • 9.0 CEU FREE FOR WVC PTA Clinical Instructors *Clinical Instructors in 2023 and slot accepted for 2024 are eligible*
  • 9.0 CEU units for agencies affiliated with PTA program. Health Professionals and students in the community are welcome to attend for 8.0 CEUs (8:15am-5:45pm CDT) 

Cost: $50 registration fee includes lunch and refreshments

  • *Fees waived for Site Center Coordinator of Education (SCCE) and Clinical Instructor (CI) for Wabash Valley college PTA Program

Fee Waived:

ALL  IECC employees and students

ALL WGH Employees

Hanover College PT Faculty

University of Evansville PT Faculty

  • Card payments can be made at the Wabash Valley College Business Office in person (located in Main Hall) or by calling 618-263-5012.
  • Cash or check payments can be made on day of the event.

(lunch provided by Remedies Café at Wabash General Hospital)

Sponsored by Wabash Valley College Foundation and Wabash General Hospital

This event is CEU *Approved for Illinois and Indiana PT and PTA


About Dr. Ellen Hillegass, PT, EdD, CCS, FAACVPR, FAPTA

Dr. Ellen Hillegass is a physical therapist with APTA board certification in the cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialty. She is also a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the highest honor given by the APTA.  Ellen is 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 (VTE) for the APTA that was published in April 2022 and the initial clinical practice guideline on VTE. Dr. Hillegass is also  the current  Chair of the oxygen consensus guidelines Task force for the Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT of the  APTA. She is the Editor of Essentials in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, an entry- level text with the fifth edition just published in  2022 as well as the author of a clinical notes book entitled “PT CLINICAL NOTES” (formerly REHAB NOTES).She received her entry level training in Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, Masters of Medical Science in cardiopulmonary physiology from Emory University, and doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation involved muscle morphology in the Spinal Cord Injured patient.   


PTA CEU Summit Agenda

Safe and Intensity-Appropriate Effective Exercise Programs for Medically Complex or Older Patients (times in CDT)

7:00 am Registration  
7:15 am WVC Clinical Instructor Orientation 1.00 hrs
8:15 am Ellen Hillegass 2.00 hrs

A. Assessments for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Dysfunction

  B. Assess for Presence of Disease  
  C. Cardiovascular Response to Activity  

D. Assess for Presence of Disease

10:15 am Refreshments  
10:30 am E. Pulmonary Response to Activity 1.50 hrs
  F. What are Patient's Diagnoses?  
12:00 pm Lunch (provided by Remedies Café at Wabash General Hospital)  
12:30 pm Tour of Campus  
1:00 pm   2.50 hrs
  G. Case Studies  
  H. Understanding Responses to Exercise  
  I. Interventions and Outcome Measures  
3:30 pm Refreshments  
3:45 pm J. Case Studies, Feedback and Assessment 2.00 hrs

Lodging Recommendations

Hotel Recommendations:

  1. Super 8 by Wyndham – Mount Carmel, IL approximately 4 minutes to Brubeck
    937 Enterprise Ln, Mt Carmel, IL 62863
    Phone: (618) 262-4800
  2. Holiday Inn Express – Princeton, IN approximately 17 minutes to Brubeck
    2828 Dixon St, Princeton, IN 47670
    Phone: (812) 385-4300
  3. Hampton Inn – Princeton, In approximately 18 minutes to Brubeck
    107 S Richland Creek Dr, Princeton, IN 47670
    Phone: (812) 385-2400


Suggested Off Campus Restaurants

  1. Taco Tierra
    801 N Walnut Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863
    (0.5 miles from campus)
  2. Subway
    729 N Market Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863
    (0.5 miles from campus)
  3. Two Farmers
    623 N Market Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863
    (0.5 miles from campus)


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Effective (August 16, 2022), Wabash Valley College Physical Therapist Assistant Program  has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706- 3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (618) 263-5548 or email Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.
Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website.)