Exercise Physiologist -FT

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Facility: Heart Hospital Building
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Address: 1301 W 18th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
Shift: 10 Hours – Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Salary Range: $19.00 – $30.50

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. Depending on location, may perform 12 lead EKGs/monitors.

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.


Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in exercise science, kinesiology, human performance and fitness human biology or a

related field. 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) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) guidelines.

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

Basic Life Support (BLS) certified within 60 days of hire required.

Depending on location, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification within the first year of hire preferred.


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, and a generous time off package to maintain a healthy home-work balance. For more information about Total Rewards, visit https://sanfordcareers.com/benefits .

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 talent@sanfordhealth.org .

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.

Req Number: R-0145517
Job Function: Sports Medicine and Wellness
Featured: No

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