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Exercise Physiologist-Cardiac Rehab


Hours vary from 7:00-5:00. This is a 1.0 FTE. No holidays or weekends. Rotate sites at Willow Lakes, Norlanco and Suburban Pavilion.

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:  Performs multiple non-invasive procedures according to division standards while providing data to the Cardiologist for interpretation of procedures.  Patient care/customer service includes care/service to patients/customers in the following age groups: pediatric (30 days through 12 years), adolescent (13 through 18 years), adult (19 through 64 years), and geriatric (65 years and above).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Case manages patients in Phase 2 Cardiac Rehab and Vascular Rehab exercise programs. Adheres to the Core Competencies of American Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
    • Adheres to Weight Management criteria.
    • Performs Nutritional Counseling
    • Performs Blood Pressure Management
    • Performs Lipid Management
    • Performs Diabetic Management
    • Performs Tobacco Cessation Management
    • Performs Psychosocial Management
    • Exercise Training Evaluation
  • Assesses areas of patient needs for reducing cardiovascular risk by developing Individual Treatment Plans and coaches patients to make healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Performs exercise consults with patients.
  • Monitors patients’ hemodynamic responses to exercise.
  • Performs basic initial evaluation and orientation of new patients excluding the Phase 2 cardiac and vascular physical assessment
  • Monitors participants and reports inappropriate responses to RN or covering physician.
  • Educates patients formally (education classes) and informally (1:1) on risk factor reduction, cardiovascular health, and strategies for successfully improving health status.
  • Confers with patient, medical practitioners and appropriate others to plan, implement and assess the treatment program.
  • Provides exercise instructions related to proper technique for warm-up, cool-down, stretching, strength training and use of equipment.
  • Maintains exercise equipment ensuring functionality and cleanliness. Oversees repair and maintenance.

Specifically for Non-Invasive Cardiology positions:

  • Interprets and documents cardiac dysrhythmias.  Is able to independently apply, scan, analyze, and record holter monitors.
  • Analyzes 12-lead EKGs. Assesses for appropriate indications and contraindications of stress testing.  Independently performs and supervises stress testing under the direct supervision of the physician who is in the immediate vicinity or on the premises and available in case of emergency situations. Monitors and records vital signs.  Terminates exercise stress testing following department protocols.  Interprets exercise stress testing and obtains immediate physician review when indicated.  Completes exercise stress testing and holter monitor flow sheets.
  • Is able to apply holter monitors demonstrating proper electrode application with analysis of underlying arrhythmias.
  • Provides one-on-one instruction to new employees and students as directed by the Supervisor or Manager of Cardiology.
  • Initiates CPR and assists physician during medical emergencies

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Assists with evaluation of the department and training needs of the department/staff.
  • Travels regularly to various sites within the region to support operational needs as listed above.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science or Kinesiology, issued by an accredited university or college.
  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support within 3 months of employment.
  • Certification from American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in 1 year.
  • 1 year experience working with healthcare/wellness or Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology.


  • Three (3) years experience working in Cardiac Rehab specialty.
  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology issued by an accredited university or college.
  • One year telemetry monitor skills.


Attention/Concentration: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects of current experience and reject others.

The position requires the ability to attend to more than one aspect of a situation simultaneously.  It is highly likely that multiple task demands are going to be required of the individual at the same time.

New Learning and Memory: The following level of ability is essential for the jobholder to learn and retain material.

The position requires that an individual be able to learn new tasks quickly and effectively.  Job requirements change frequently.  The ability to understand and carry out detailed, involved instructions is mandatory.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Creative Thinking: The following level of ability that is essential for the jobholder to think (in order to solve a problem) by combining two or more elements from past experience or imaginative thought.

The position requires much autonomy of thought and problem solving.  The individual must be able to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems.  The individual must be able to think abstractly, which is manifested in the ability to form concepts, use categories, generalize from single instances, apply procedural rules and general principles, and be aware of subtle or intrinsic aspects of a problem.  The development of hypothesis and potential solutions to problems involves careful interpretation, analysis and diagnosis.  The individual must be able to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  The individual must be able to think creatively with a degree of inventiveness, experimentation and intuition.  They must be able to deal with a variety of concrete and abstract variables.

APTITUDES:  The following are essential requirements of the position in relation to job-worker situations.  These items describe how a worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act.

Leadership, control and planning: Ability to accept responsibility for leadership, direction, control, planning, negotiating, organizing, directing, supervising, formulating practices, or making final decisions.

Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental factors, physical demands, or work situations.

Communication:  Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely; to present ideas, facts and technical information.

Interpersonal relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize needs and be sensitive of others.


Equipment/Tools: Computer, Phone, Copier, Printer, Fax, Office Supplies, all exercise equipment, blood pressure equipment, accucheck, EKG machine, stereo equipment, telemetry monitoring equipment.

Software: Microsoft Office Products


Rarely 0-10%; Occasionally 11-35%; Frequently 36-70%; Continuously 71-100%

Body Position/Movement:

  • Sit: Occasionally
  • Stand: Frequently
  • Walk: Frequently
  • Bend: Occasionally
  • Push: Occasionally
  • Pull: Occasionally
  • Kneel/Squat: Occasionally
  • Reach: Occasionally
  • Twist: Occasionally
  • Balance: Occasionally
  • Climb: Occasionally

Lifting: Degree of physical exertion is:

Moderate, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Sensory Abilities specifically required:

  • Vision
  • Hearing



Exposure to hazardous conditions/ materials is negligible.


Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely.

Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

CAMPUS Full Time Posted on 03/10/2022