This is one module in a series of modules presented by the a group of APTA sections: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section, Academy of Acute Care Management, and the HPA. This series is free to the profession. Please check back often as we create and add modules.

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In this course, participants will learn how to conduct a thorough examination of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. The four components of a chest examination, including inspection, palpation, auscultation of the lungs and heart and mediate percussion will be discussed. Implications of how the SARS-CoV-2 might impact your examination will be highlighted.

Meet our Presenter

Morgan Johanson, PT, MSPT, Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist is the president of Good Heart Education, a continuing education company that provides live and online continuing education courses to rehabilitation professionals on cardiovascular and pulmonary topics across the lifespan and all settings and provides mentoring services to physical therapists who are studying for the ABPTS Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialty Examination. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toledo in Ohio. She worked extensively in acute care at the California Pacific Medical Center where she treated patients in the ICU, telemetry, heart transplant and adult CF wards. She was the program director for the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System’s outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs and the Co-Director of the Ann Arbor VA Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program where she continues to as an adjunct faculty member. Currently she is working at the Grand Traverse Pavilions SNF in Traverse City, Michigan. She is the Professional Development Chair for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA.

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Morgan Johanson, PT, MSPT, Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist

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  1. Inspect the chest wall to evaluate patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases,
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  3. Palpate the chest wall to assess chest wall abnormalities in patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases,
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  5. Auscultate the heart and lungs to analyze breath and heart sounds in patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, and
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  7. Perform mediate percussion of the chest wall to investigate the lung volumes in patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.


  • Veterans Administration (VA)
  • Students

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Enrollment:Prior to  06/29/2021