Exercise Physiologist Job Description

Exercise Physiologist Job Description

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Exercise physiologist provides a leadership role in the exercise physiology component of cardiac rehab, especially with universal weights.

Exercise Physiologist Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Provides appropriate assessment of patients and determines plan of care
Preparation and assisting with cardiac procedures, rooming patients, obtaining vitals, accurate patient history and identifying special needs of the patient, answering questions regarding procedures and be able to act on and in an emergency situation
Place holter and event monitors, educating patients on procedure
Identifies psychosocial, physical and education needs common to adults
Provides for patient's privacy, provides reassurance and support when there is anxiety
Inspects, cleans, calibrates, and maintains equipment in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)/American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines
Verifies physician order and performs the appropriate testing using ACSM/ACC/AHA guideline for scheduled patient add-on emergency patients
Acts as a resource for the Cardiologist for patient education and trouble shooting of therapeutic issues related to exercise and cardiac risk factor modification
Utilizes computer resources such as the MUSE, Case Stress system and EpicCare EMR system for obtaining EKG reading and reports respectively
Assists Cardiology staff with research projects and quality improvement as assigned

Exercise Physiologist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Exercise Physiologist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: ACLS, CPR, BLS, AHA, ACSM, BCLS, CES, CITI, NSCA

Education for Exercise Physiologist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the exercise physiologist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Education, Health, Kinesiology, Physiology, Sports Medicine, Science, Technical, Pulmonary

Skills for Exercise Physiologist

Desired skills for exercise physiologist include:

Anatomy
Health status
Assesses readiness for discharge from program and supportive services needed
Cardiac arrhythmia
Physiology
Exercise physiology
Current theory and practice in physiology as normally acquired through completion of a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology
Cardiac medications and effects on exercise performance
Cardiac rehabilitation techniques and best practices
Conducting submax and maximal exercise tolerance testing

Desired experience for exercise physiologist includes:

Interest in receiving further training and education regarding working with special populations such as Cardiac, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and weight management
Must enjoy patient teaching
Creative, flexible and enthusiastic individual
Must be available to work weekends as needed to meet patient and department needs
Conducts Pre-test entry interviews/consultations with patients
Identifies test end point based on established criteria a guidelines

Exercise Physiologist Examples

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Exercise Physiologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for an exercise physiologist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for exercise physiologist
  • Care will be provided in accordance with hospital policies and procedures, cardiopulmonary rehab policies and procedures and will be based on guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
  • Acts as a role model and resource person to staff, physicians, and other members of the health care team
  • Willingly assists staff and the coordinator with tasks in other areas of the department, within the scope of practice
  • Participates in the development and presentation of formal/informal educational programs for the hospital and the community
  • Develops and maintains professional and collaborative relationships with the cardiology staff
  • Develops personalized exercise prescriptions to include target heart rate and MET levels based on available diagnostic, clinical and patient reported information per ACSM guidelines
  • Develops individualized exercise routines, including both aerobic and resistance training
  • Works closely with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff to ensure quality programming and safe patient care services
  • Observes patients and reports any changes in their medical condition to appropriate nursing or medical provider
  • Recommends changes to plan of care/exercise prescription as needed based on changes in medical conditions and responses to exercise
Qualifications for exercise physiologist
  • One year experience working in a cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation outpatient program preferred
  • Must have prior experience in dealing with cardiopulmonary patients and their families
  • Exercise prescription and leadership, nutrition and social science
  • Ability to respond to an emergency situation must be able to recognize and function in a crisis situation
  • Able to perform algebraic mathematical calculation in order to calculate Metabolic Equivalents and perform Heart Rate calculations
  • Communicates with referring physician as needed regarding exercise test result and patient's clinical status
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Exercise Physiologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for an exercise physiologist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for exercise physiologist
  • Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Exercise Physiology with emphasis on exercise testing, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership for both healthy and special populations
  • Sets up and adjusts all equipment to complete exams
  • Develops inpatient discharge plan and/or outpatient discharge plan with transition to either Phase III CPR or home/community fitness program
  • Orienting patients to exercise equipment and general guidelines of the program
  • Assessing and evaluating patients functional status
  • Develop individualized exercise programs
  • Provide current education on exercise, resistance training, risk factors, and lifestyle changes
  • Obtain blood proessure
  • Sets-up equipment and prepares, coaches and monitors patients during exercise stress testing
  • Documents and provides feedback on patient progress
Qualifications for exercise physiologist
  • Certification as an ACSM Exercise Specialist or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification preferred
  • BLS upon hire, ACLS within 6 months of hire
  • ACSM certification preferred
  • Must be able to stand/walk for long periods of time and ability to help patients stand and walk
  • Will require some lifting, bending, twisting of upper extremity to help limited patients
  • Must be able to adapt to different room temperatures in exercise
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Exercise Physiologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of exercise physiologist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for exercise physiologist
  • Recognizes contraindications to exercise, abnormal patient responses, and responds appropriately to all situations
  • Provides exercise and disease management education for patients, peers and the community
  • Diabetic patients
  • Apparently healthy individuals
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the organization’s mission and core values and incorporates them into the performance of duties at the CMC
  • Performs initial assessment of exercise needs for both clinical and athletic client populations
  • Implements evidenced based exercise, fitness and sports specific training programs
  • Selects exercises that are individually based and is able to effectively instruct clients on proper performance of them
  • Responsible for meeting unit productivity standards
  • Gathers statistics, , patient’s demographics, test results, develops data bank and compiles information for research purposes
Qualifications for exercise physiologist
  • Previous Cardiopulmonary Rehab or other clinical experience, preferred
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) from American Heart Association ACLS from American Heart Association, preferred
  • ACSM CES certification, preferred
  • 1 year in Cardiac Rehab preferred
  • Ability to assist with transport of patients, , pushing beds, stretchers and wheelchairs
  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters degree preferred in Exercise Science
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Exercise Physiologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of exercise physiologist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for exercise physiologist
  • Contributes to the efficient and safe operation of the Assessment Center department
  • Responsible for preparing charts for testing and filing
  • Responsible for proper filing of charts
  • Compiles and provides education packets to Assessment Center clients with emphasis on exercise, nutrition and test results
  • Accurately explains test results
  • Prior experience in the areas of exercise testing, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership
  • Certifications in CPR and ACLS by the AHA hearing certifications as required for OSHA standards are required
  • Certifications provided by ACSM preferred
  • May supervise work of other physiologists, including hiring, evaluating performance and discipline
  • May train staff and students in new or revised work methods and procedures
Qualifications for exercise physiologist
  • Cardiac telemetry experience is highly preferred
  • Possess current BLS and ACLS certification
  • Possess ability to identify cardiac arrhythmias
  • Possess ability to identify lung sounds
  • Possess knowledge of exercise equipment operations/exercise prescription
  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science is required, Master's degree preferred
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Exercise Physiologist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of exercise physiologist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for exercise physiologist
  • Consistently monitors and records patient’s status and response to therapeutic interventions
  • Performs and documents patient/family education
  • Patient care plans are updated according to department policy
  • Provides individual or group education for patients/families
  • Identifies and responds to any EKG changes, arrhythmia, and/or changes in patient’s condition
  • When necessary, accepts additional responsibilities in the department
  • Records patient charges
  • Arranges schedule providing for efficient use of time
  • Assures departmental supplies are ordered
  • Assures proper care of medical equipment
Qualifications for exercise physiologist
  • Minimum six month experience in a clinical setting required
  • EKG interpretation experience preferred
  • CPR certification required after six months of employment
  • ACLS certification required after six months of employment
  • Minimum six months experience in a clinical setting required
  • Knowledge of pathology, symptoms, and treatment for cardiac disease

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