Cardiac Rehab Student Internship Program
The cardiac rehab program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program focused on therapeutic lifestyle changes and improving the longevity and quality of life of patients with cardiovascular disease. The University of Toledo Health Science Campus and its associated 319-bed UTMC are situated on a beautiful wooded 350-acre site in Northwest Ohio. The UTMC extends its services into many communities in Northwest Ohio and touches thousands of lives each year.
RATIONALE The cardiac rehab internship program allows the undergraduate or graduate exercise science student to apply the principles of exercise physiology in a clinical setting.
GOALS While performing an internship in the UTMC cardiac rehab program, the student will be able to:
- Participate in all aspects of patient care including exercise prescription, exercise leadership, nutrition counseling, stress management and patient education
- Observe cardiac procedures including cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, nuclear stress testing and imaging.
- Obtain practical experience and testing on reading ECG’s
- Review and be tested on cardiovascular pharmacology
- Review and be tested on diabetic medications
- Acquire skills to perform cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
- Acquire skills and accumulate clinical hours necessary to qualify for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification
OBJECTIVES By the end of the 10 or 14-week internship, the intern will have an understanding of the role of the exercise physiologist in the rehabilitation of the patient with cardiovascular disease as well as their role in interacting with physicians, nurses and dieticians as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The intern will also develop effective patient motivation and interaction skills.
APPLICATION, ADMISSION AND ACCEPTANCE Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, have documented evidence of academic excellence and a have a well-defined goal of pursuing a career in the exercise science or health care field. Applicants to the internship program must submit the following four items:
- Formal letter of application
- Current resume
- Copy of official transcript
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
Application materials should be submitted at the latest by March 1, June 1 and October 1 for summer, fall and spring internships respectively. In many cases interns are accepted for placement before these dates.
Once these materials are received, an interview with the program director will be scheduled. Candidates accepted into the program will need to complete the following five items:
- Provide evidence of current liability insurance
- Provide documentation of current CPR certification
- Provide documentation of their current immunization records
- Complete a two-step PPD test
- Attend Volunteer Orientation Session to complete the following training requirements: HIPAA & UTMC Confidentiality, UTMC Safety & Health, UTMC Cultural Competence, Patients Rights and Responsibilities, Team Work & Customer Service Attitude.