Exercise Training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Practical Approach – Fall 2018

17 October-13 December 2018

An 8-Week Online Course Presented by Sunita Mathur

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

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This evidence-based course will provide rehabilitation and exercise professionals with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to enhance their practice of exercise testing and exercise training through practical, skills-based, online instruction in pulmonary rehabilitation. Learners will administer and interpret the results of various exercise and functional tests commonly used in pulmonary rehabilitation, including field walking tests. We will also explore aerobic, resistance, and balance training, as well as prescription based on results of exercise tests. Participants are expected to participate in asynchronous online discussions based on self-guided practice exercises and case studies, to complete three short multiple-choice tests, and to submit a final reflective writing exercise connecting course content to their own practice context. Additional course resources include online lectures, video demonstrations, selected readings, and more.

Participants should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week on course related activities.


At the conclusion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the components of pulmonary rehabilitation program and the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Explain how the respiratory, cardiovascular, and peripheral muscle systems limit exercise in people with chronic lung disease
  • Describe general principles of exercise prescription for aerobic training, strength training, flexibility training, and balance training.
  • Screen for safety to conduct an exercise test
  • Describe the oxygen equipment that can be used to support exercise training for individuals participating in pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Use protocols to effectively conduct field walking tests, strength, mobility and balance tests for evaluation of individuals with chronic lung disease.
  • Apply the results of exercise tests to develop an individualized exercise training program for individuals with chronic lung disease.


The course will be facilitated by Dr. Sunita Mathur. Dr Mathur is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her research examines skeletal muscle dysfunction in people with COPD and lung transplant candidates and recipients.  Sunita has taught exercise physiology and prescription in the MScPT program and is an active member of Exercise is Medicine Canada on-campus group.

The course development and delivery team also includes the following internationally recognized experts in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr. Darlene Reid is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Dr Reid’s research themes have focused on dysfunction of the inspiratory and limb muscles in chronic lung disease that involves quantification of muscle structure and function at the cellular and macroscopic level, and muscle oxygenation. Dr. Reid was the senior editor of the textbook Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy: Management and Case Studies.

Dr. Dina Brooks is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and Scientist at West Park Healthcare Centre. Dr Brooks’ research in the area of chronic lung disease includes several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. She is currently leading an international, multi-centre trial in balance training for people with COPD. Dr. Brooks teaches Cardiorespiratory and Exercise Physical Therapy in the MScPT program.

Dr. Mika Nonoyama is a respiratory therapist and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She also holds a status-only assistant professor position in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and is a Health Clinician Scientist in Respiratory Therapy and Child Health Evaluative Sciences at SickKids. Dr. Nonoyama’s research focuses on long-term mechanical ventilation and COPD and lung cancer rehabilitation.

Lisa Wickerson has a BScPT and MSc from the University of Toronto, and is a PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute with a research focus on oxygenation in individuals with interstitial lung disease during exercise. Lisa has over 15 years of clinical experience in functional assessment and exercise prescription in the Lung Transplant Program at the University Health Network. Lisa also instructs several continuing education courses at the University of Toronto, including Oxygen Titration and Administration and The Six-Minute Walk Test for Clinical Researchers and Clinicians.


  • Narrated online lectures
  • Video demonstrations
  • Participation in asynchronous online discussion (an overall mark of 75% is required to obtain a course certificate)
    • Self-guided practice exercises and follow-up in online discussion boards
    • Case studies and follow-up in online discussion boards
  • Three multiple choice quizzes (an overall mark of 75% is required to obtain a course certificate)
  • Self-Reflection Assignment (an overall mark of 75% is required to obtain a course certificate)
  • Additional resources and readings


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Registration fees include all course materials

Early Bird Fee:                   $450 (received on or before Sunday, 30 September, 2018)

Regular Fee:                       $525 (received after Sunday, 30 September, 2018)

Registration Deadline:   10 October, 2018

Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

For further information please contact: pt.coned@utoronto.ca

Refund for withdrawal is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be requested at least 5 days prior to the commencement of the course.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.