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Exercise Specialist - Wellness Center / Huntsman Cancer Hospital - PRN

Exercise Specialist - Wellness Center / Huntsman Cancer Hospital - PRN

Requisition Number 
Employment Type 
Work Schedule 
7:00 - 19:00
Location Name 
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Patient Care? 
Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy

More information about this job


As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position is responsible for designing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating exercise therapy given to rehabilitating patients and other apparently healthy populations in order to restore proper physical functioning, and facilitate patient independence.


  • Assesses the extent of patients’ abilities and limitations by reviewing medical records and physicians’ notes.
  • Administers pre-exercise testing interview and test preparation.
  • Uses testing equipment, protocol selection, indications, contraindications, and termination criteria for graded exercise testing.
  • Records, analyzes, and interprets results of tests and prepares appropriate exercise prescriptions.
  • Administers therapeutic exercises and other techniques designed to provide improved functional capacity, exercise tolerance, exercise endurance, muscle strength and endurance, and coordination to rehabilitating patient populations.
  • Evaluates patients’ hemodynamic, electrocardiographic, and symptomatic response to exercise, and assesses appropriateness of responses as they relate to exercise intensity and endurance.
  • In conjunction with multi-disciplinary team members, designs, implements, supervises, and evaluates outcomes for exercise services.
  • Assists in developing and providing educational materials and programs for staff and patients.
  • Collaborates with the department manager and medical staff in data collection, statistical analysis, development and implementation of research projects.
  • Assists in establishing new and maintaining current referral patterns, both within the University of Utah Hospital and Health Centers and other Salt Lake and regional hospitals.
  • Assists in coordinating the daily operations of the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program as well as planning for long-term growth.
  • Assists in arranging for patient follow-up and maintains correspondence with patients and referring physicians during rehabilitation course and after discharge.
  • May assist in program development for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, employee fitness and health, facility utilization, etc.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions as outlined above.
  • Ability to provide care to the population served.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development, and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.
  • Ability to interpret basic ECG rhythm.
  • Ability to cooperate with other healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communications skills.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Sports Science, or a related field or equivalency.

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


Certification as an Exercise Specialist. 

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist
  • ACSM Cancer Exercise Trainer
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • NSCA Certified Special Populations Specialist

  • One year of rehabilitation and exercise testing.
  • ACLS may be required by some departments. 

  • ECG is not required but should be recommended


Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners or behavioral health patients.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Lifting, Manual Dexterity, Pulling and/or Pushing, Sitting, Standing, Walking