Three RMC Nurses Receive Certification as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional


Kay Berry, Terri Rash and Vicky Yandle, all registered nurses in the Regional Medical Center’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department, recently received certification as a cardiac rehabilitation professional (CCRP) from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). They are three of only 14 in South Carolina who have received this certification.

Exclusively for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) professionals, CCRP is the only certification aligned with the published CR competencies. The exam assesses proficiency via exam questions that evaluate knowledge of facts, concepts and processes required to complete tasks in the following areas: 

  • Patient Assessment
  • Nutrition Management
  • Weight Management
  • Blood Pressure Management
  • Blood Lipid Management
  • Diabetes Management
  • Tobacco Cessation 
  • Psychosocial Management
  • Physical Activity Counseling
  • Exercise Training.
Professionals wishing to sit for the CCRP exam must meet the following criteria:

  • 1,200 clinical hours in CR/secondary prevention
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher in a health-related field from an accredited college or university or current RN licensure.
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program at RMC is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending upon the specific heart problem and medical profile. The rehabilitation process is supervised by the patient’s physician and a team of cardiac professionals. The goal of RMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program is to help patients regain and maintain their maximum quality of life through carefully monitored physical conditioning in a supportive environment.

RMC’s cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation programs have the national distinction of AACVPR-certification. AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

About the American Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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