Job: Exercise Specialist - Cardiopulmonary Health & Rehabilitation

Job Title

Exercise Specialist - Cardiopulmonary Health & Rehabilitation

Job Category

Exercise Specialist


Northwest Community Healthcare
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005

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Job Description and Requirements

Shift: Hourly, Days, Weekend as needed
~4 HRS/week

Reporting to the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Manager, is responsible for the care of patients in the Cardiac and/or Pulmonary Rehabilitation continuum by case managing assigned patients from initial consultation through discharge from the program. Continually assesses patients and implements treatment as necessary. Involves family/guardian in the treatment plan.

1. Supervises assigned exercise sessions in outpatient cardiac and/or pulmonary rehabilitation, including: monitoring patients for inappropriate responses to exercise. Implements exercise prescription developed by Exercise Physiologist in order to increase functional capacity of the cardiac patient safely and effectively. Leads warm-up and cool-down exercises.

2. Evaluates patient progress and creates or modifies individual goals and objectives.

3. Conducts education in outpatient setting, considering the readiness of the patient to learn. Provides outpatient education to group classes in accordance with departmental education program. Provides outpatient education on an individual basis according to patient needs.

4. Maintains patient records, progress reports, and documentation per policy and procedure manual, and Medicare guidelines.

5. Maintains emergency preparedness through departmental in-services and certifications.

6. Participates in department and hospital projects, committees, and special events as desired or assigned.

7. May be called upon to participate in cardiovascular screening programs.

8. Maintains physician and peer relationships that demonstrate support, mutual respect, collaboration, and goal-orientation interaction.

9. Adheres to all departmental and Northwest Community Hospital standards, policies, and procedures.

1. The level of knowledge normally obtained through the completion of a Bachelors Degree in exercise science or the equivalent. Some hospital experience preferred.

2. Current BCLS certification for healthcare providers required.

3. Knowledge of and experience in the correct use of body mechanics.

4. ACSM Exercise Technologist or ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist preferred.

5. The interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, families, and all levels of hospital personnel.

6. The communication skills necessary to present information in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.

7. The enthusiastic and energetic personality and positive image of good health necessary to motivate others to begin and maintain health behavior changes.

8. The analytical skills necessary to assess patients and formulate care plans.

9. The ability to interpret heart rhythm strips.

Employment Type

Part Time


Northwest Community Healthcare

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[posted Sep 24, 2018]

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