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Sanford Health Exercise Physiologist - Cardiac Rehab - FT Days in Thief River Falls, Minnesota

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Facility: Thief River Falls Medical Center
Location: Thief River Falls, MN
Address: 3001 Sanford Pkwy, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, USA
Shift: Day
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00

Job Summary

Utilizes scientific rationale to design, implement and supervise exercise programming for those with chronic diseases, conditions or physical limitations. Provides physical conditioning, reconditioning, risk factor reduction, and education by prescribing, conducting, and evaluating cardiovascular and metabolic exercise programs and physical exercise under the supervision of a physician. Researches acute and chronic physiological adaptations to physical activity, gaining a full understanding of how a chronic disease affects an individual prior to recommending exercise. Analyzes a patient's medical history to assess their risk during exercise and to determine the best possible exercise and fitness regimen for the patient.

Performs fitness and stress tests with medical equipment and analyzes the resulting patient data. Measures blood pressure, oxygen usage, heart rhythm and other key patient health indicators. Develops exercise programs to improve patient's health. Conducts controlled investigations of responses and adaptations to muscular activity. Performs dietary intake assessments and counsels on modifications needed, referring to dietitian as necessary in order to achieve goals.

Conducts weight management assessments and calculates body mass index (BMI) to determine proper category; develops goals for weight loss. Interprets values of lipid tests such as low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Assists with diabetes management and tobacco cessation programs. Develops risk reduction and behavior modification plans to minimize future risk of chronic diseases and illness.

Department Details

Joining one Senior Exercise Physiologist and three athletic trainers in a growing department with multiple programs. Flexibility in job duties and schedules. Wide variety of patient populations to work with.


Minimum requirements:

A 4 year Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology or health/exercise related field with experience or special training in cardiovascular rehabilitation and secondary prevention and be competent in prescribing exercise for patients with cardiovascular disease and other diseases/risk factors. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience in exercise program planning and working with chronic diseases and illness preferred. Possesses a thorough understanding of the physiological basis of activity and the ability to prescribe and instruct exercise according to American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Need to have basic knowledge in exercise physiology, nutrition, risk factor and behavioral modification, counseling techniques, and uses of educational programs applied to cardiovascular rehab services.

Obtain BLS certification prior to seeing patients

ACLS certification within 1 year of hire and keep current.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CCEP) certification within two years of hire required.

Needs to be proficient in blood pressures and what to do if they are out of the norm, rhythm interpretation, exercise prescription, knowledge of exercise physiology, knowledge of cardiovascular diseases and surgeries, counseling techniques, risk factor modification.

Preferred qualifications:

2-3 years of experience in cardiac rehab is preferred.


Provides appropriate assessment of patients and determines plan of care.

Provides appropriate education involving patient and significant other

Facilitates and participates in the continuum of patient care

Obtain referrals

Monitor progress during exercise sessions; analyze and interpret clinical signs and symptoms along with EKG strips during the sessions, adjusting the exercise plan as needed

Consult/collaborate with physicians and other health professionals regarding patient care, education and program development.


EKG interpretation

Flexibility, good interpersonal communication, organizational and documentation skills

Word processing skills

Ability to work independently, initiates and follow through with tasks


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review your benefit eligibility, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Job Function: Sports Medicine and Wellness
Req Number: R-35876
Featured: No