Expertise in cardiovascular and pulmonary care has never been more important
The University of Utah Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Residency program prepares PTs to excel and contribute in all areas of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy practice. Cardiovascular and pulmonary health are important for all individuals at all stages of life. Cardiopulmonary PTs have a unique skill set that can help fill knowledge, research, and teaching gaps within our communities to improve the quality of life for people with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease or risk factors.
This 12-month program includes direct patient care in all areas of cardiovascular and pulmonary patient management; mentoring with expert PTs in each setting; targeted didactics; teaching in the University of Utah entry-level DPT program; clinical research opportunities and mentorship; and, a variety of other professional development opportunities.
1 resident per year
Time & Activities
Patient care (~32 hours/week)
- Includes 3 hours/week 1:1 mentoring with expert clinicians
- Rotations across the spectrum of cardiopulmonary PT management, including inpatient Cardiovascular and medical ICUs, acute care cardiac units, infant and pediatric units, and outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehab clinics
Didactics (1-2 hours/week plus independent study)
- Online and in person didactics
- Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course
Teaching assistant in entry-level DPT courses (~2 hours/week)
- Cardiopulmonary Management (Spring)
- Doctoral seminar; PT topics (TBD)
- Community service learning
- In-service presentations
- Interprofessional clinics
- Cardiac surgery observation
- Exercise testing
- Early mobility program for patients on ECMO, temporary VADs, ventilators, dialysis, balloon pumps, etc
Prepare physical therapists to practice in all settings of cardiopulmonary physical therapy to advance physical therapists’ contribution to the field.
Standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~$53K for new graduates) plus benefits (0.75FTE)
- $750 continuing education (CE) stipend + 5 days PTO for approved CE
- CI credentialing course
- $60 uniform stipend
- Medbridge subscription
- Program fee $6,000
- Uniform requirements ($60 stipend)
- $80 personal liability policy
- APTA, APTA Cardiopulm section, Utah chapter dues
- Professional conference costs above CE stipend
Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of Utah Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program, University of Utah, and University of Utah Health are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The Residency Program and associated institutions all comply with applicable federal, state, and local regulations related to privacy and confidentiality.
Interviews / offers
Orientation / Program start
First Monday of August
Submit applications online through RF-PTCAS.
Minimum applicant requirements
Eligible for UT licensure / hospital credentialing by early June (must take NPTE no later than April)