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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.

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Sponsoring Agencies


Graduation rate
1st Graduate in 2022

First time CCS pass rate


The Cardiopulmonary Residency is accredited by ABPRFE (since 2022).

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Basic Information


12 months


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)

Professional development

  • Research
  • 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

Our Mission

Prepare physical therapists to practice in all settings of cardiopulmonary physical therapy to advance physical therapists’ contribution to the field.

Financial Considerations


Standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~$59K for new graduates) plus benefits (0.75FTE)

Fringe benefits

  • $750 continuing education (CE) stipend + 5 days PTO for approved CE
  • CI credentialing course
  • $60 uniform stipend 
  • Medbridge subscription


  • Program fee $6,000

Other costs

  • Uniform requirements ($60 stipend)
  • Personal liability policy
  • APTA, APTACVP Academy, APTA-Utah chapter dues
  • Professional conference costs above CE stipend

ABPTRFE Financial Fact Sheet


    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.


    Application due

    February 15

    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)

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