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Cardiopulmonary Residency

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.

Sponsoring Agencies

U Health

 

Outcomes

Graduation rate
1st Graduate in 2022

First time CCS pass rate
First graduate eligible to sit for exam in 2023

 

 

Accreditation

The Cardiopulmonary Residency is seeking accreditation by ABPRFE (anticipated in 2022).

 

 

 

 

Basic Information

Duration

12 months

Capacity

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

Salary

Standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~$48K 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

Fees

  • Program fee $6,000

Other costs

  • 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.

Admission

Application due

February 15

Interviews / offers

March

Orientation / Program start

Mid-July

Application materials

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Pay Program Fee

 

Minimum applicant requirements

Eligible for UT licensure / hospital credentialing by early June (must take NPTE no later than April)

Mentors

Jim Swinyard

Jim Swinyard

Associate Instructor


Phone: 801-581-8681

Leadership

Director

Program coordinator

Program coordinator

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