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Clinical exercise physiologist potential in Switzerland?

Hi all. I have recently relocated to Switzerland from California and I am looking for job opportunities with my experience and degree here in Switzerland. I am a registered clinical exercise physiologist with a very strong background in exercise testing and cardiology - specifically advanced heart failure and structural heart disease. I have a Master's degree in exercise science.
As far as my understanding goes, there are no clinical exercise physiologists in Switzerland... Who runs the exercise tests in the hospital or outpatient clinics? What career paths do people with a clinical exercise science background take in Europe/Switzerland? Is there a clinical exercise science background in Switzerland, or is it sport exercise science?
I am willing to go back to school if needed - nursing most likely, however if I can use my degree and expertise I'd prefer that. I am learning the language, but all the jobs and schools require at least a B1-B2 level...
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Re: Clinical exercise physiologist potential in Switzerland?

Welcome to the Forum. I have no idea about excercise physiology here. I imagine it's one of the apprenticeship streams as opposed to university.

Are you here on a family reunification permit? If so, state this in your job applications. Otherwise employers will assume they have to go through the non-EU hiring process, which means they have to prove they can't find a Swiss or EU for the job.
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Old 06.02.2021, 18:12
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Re: Clinical exercise physiologist potential in Switzerland?

Welcome to the forum and to Switzerland.

Wait until you're married before applying for jobs here since as 3Wishes said, if you can't state what Swiss permit you have employers will have to follow the non-EU hiring criteria to get you a permit.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

And it may be they won't want to do this as it costs them time and money with no guarantee of success.

I would start with the Swiss Red Cross and see if they're either the organisation you'd need to get your qualifications recognised here or they could tell you who you need to contact.

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...ofessions.html

Whichever organisation would deal with the qualification side, you will need a minimum of B2 language I believe so your priority is to get that up asap. It'll take some time to get your qualifications recognised so hopefully your German will be up to scratch by the time that happens.
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Re: Clinical exercise physiologist potential in Switzerland?

To answer one of your questions, the job is done by Physiotherapists. I've never heard of your district discipline as being separate, it sounds like it's a more advanced study level, and might enable one to specialise later, but I think you'd need to start our by getting your qualifications recognised so you could practice physiotherapy in Switzerland and work your way up from there.

I don't know if European physiotherapy is exactly parallel to US "physical therapy" but I've been treated by quite a few here and they're all highly trained and qualified to diagnose, not simply to follow a doctor's instructions. Yes, they do normally need a doctor's referral to be refundable on health insurance, but in my experience they know a lot more about recovery than the surgeons I've been referred by.

Oh, and yes, there is a qualification in Sports Science, and most of the ones I've used are so qualified, working in sports-focussed physiotherapy practices, often being used by professional sportspeople including high-level football (soccer) and ice hockey players.
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Re: Clinical exercise physiologist potential in Switzerland?

With regard to sport medicine and rehab, here are some links that might give you an idea of what is offered, here:

Balgrist Hospital Sport Centre
https://www.balgrist.ch/ueber-uns/me...rtmedizin-200/

Swiss Paraplegic Foundation
https://www.paraplegie.ch/en/expertise

Reha Bellikon
https://www.rehabellikon.ch/

General tip about language
Since English is not a Swiss language, translations, if provided at all, are seen as something of a courtesy, which often means that the English version, where there is one, can provide some orientation, but it doesn't necessarily contain the full set of information, which you will find in German or French, sometimes in Italian.

Until your local language skills are up to the level of reading websites, google translate is okay, deepl is often better, and comparing both can sometimes make things clearer.

Good luck as you make your enquiries!

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