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Exercise Physiologist

Duke University Health System

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Durham, North Carolina
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Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occ Summary

Develop, coordinate and implement exercise relate d programs includingmarketing, research, and internships. Provide exerc ise-relatededucation for patients and the community. Responsible for al l exercisescience standards neededto meet regulatory and credentialingr equirements.

Work Performed

Level I- Performs all Exe rcise Specialist duties and diagnostic testingindependently as required by work site.- Assist with oversight and daily operations of clinical an d non-clinical programs.- Assist manager with program compliance, benchm arking and performanceimprovement.- Able to teach most/all offered land and water based group exercise forlow, medium, and high risk clients. Me ntor and train other staff ingroup exercise.- Required to have clinical knowledge of disease management programmingmultiple co-morbidities.- Res ponsible for exercise prescription development for all patientpopulation s- Mentor and lead others in the department (employees and interns)- Direct responsibility for all exercise requirements indicated incardiac reh ab state license, AAVCPR national and ACSM guidelines, ifrequired at wor k site.- Recognizes symptom changes/signs of problems and knows the appr opriatemedical response and processes. Initiates first responder care.- Active in program certification process and regulatory agency reviewacco rding to work site.- Assign and implement lectures, fitness classes, mar keting and othermaterials as needed for each work site.- Lead Process Improvement initiatives and benchmark responsibilitiesfor program changes. Level II- Clinical oversight regarding exercise for all patients at all risklevels.- Able to teach all land and water based group exercise for a ll risklevel patients.- Serves as master trainer to other staff in area of group exercise andevaluates staff regarding group exercise.- Function s as a Team Leader in supervising and program oversight.- Implement proc esses to ensure compliance with state, national andorganizational safety requirements.- Takes responsibility for program compliance issues.- Col lects, process and interpret program data to support both medicalcoverag e and administrative support.- Has knowledge of industry standards.- Ser ve as principle investigator for research projects, which mayinclude sup ervision of research and publication.- Present exercise knowledge at nat ional or regional conferences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abiliti es

Stay current with certifications and attend continuing educati on events.Review current research and update materials as neededA high l evel of professionalism and knowledge of exercise programming isrequired .

Level Characteristics


Minimum Qualifications


Master's degree in Exercise Physiology or Exercise Science. Bachelor's degree plus RCEP credential accepted


Level I: Minimum 1 yrs applicable experience, prefer 2 Level II: Minimum 3 yrs applicable experience (leadership experience preferred).

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Level I: ACLS required (must attain within 6 months of hire date); ACSM Clinical Certification as Exercise Specialist or Health Fitness instructor (must attain within 6 months of hire date) Level II: ACLS required; ACSM Clinical Certification as Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


About the employer
As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.