UMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab enlists up to three student
interns each long semester (Spring, Summer & Fall). This is an
unpaid internship working under degreed and certified Exercise
Specialists in the fields of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab and Clinical
UMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is nationally certified by the American
Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab. This designation
ensures that the best service is provided to patients and provides an
excellent learning environment for interns to learn.
Accepted students will enroll under the Intro to Health Careers
Program at UMC Health System and must attend orientation, meet
pre-program requirements (listed below), and arrange a schedule with the
Internship Coordinator. Students typically need to complete 20-25 hours
per week to meet the 300 hour requirement.
This semester-long internship will allow the student to experience
several aspects of the clinical exercise field including exercise
prescription and programming, health evaluation, treatment plan design,
diagnostic exercise testing, inpatient/post-surgical ambulation therapy,
cardiovascular echocardiography, fitness facility management, health
promotion and risk factor education. Students will also be educated on
electrocardiography, ACSM and AACVPR guidelines, referral and marketing
processes, and the goals of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UMC.
Interns will also acquire skills such as how to work in a
professional environment, use of exercise monitoring software, working
with a diverse team, as well as other health care related tasks and
processes. The intern will work hands-on with patients and will develop
an understanding of proper management and care of patients with a
variety of conditions, including cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic
diseases. In addition, the intern will be required to develop,
implement and maintain a semester-long project related to clinical
exercise or cardiac rehab.