Clinical Physiologist

Clinical physiologists use technical equipment to monitor, record, measure and analyse the way patients' organs or internal systems are working, to help doctors diagnose and treat patients.

Clinical physiologists need to be registered with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board.

Clinical Physiologists Registration Board website – information on clinical physiologist registration

Clinical physiologists may do some or all of the following:

  • operate specialised equipment to monitor and record activity and functioning of the heart or other organs
  • monitor patients during exercise or sleep tests to check for disease or disorders
  • test and monitor patients' lung function
  • perform dialysis to treat patients with kidney failure
  • interpret patients' test results, and write reports to help general practitioners or physicians decide on treatment
  • take part in research projects.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cardiac physiologists includes:

  • other medical technician or hospital-based work
  • experience dealing with the public
  • working with technology.

Personal Qualities

Clinical physiologists need to be:

  • responsible and reliable
  • focused and accurate
  • able to remain calm in emergencies and to work well under pressure
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • good communicators
  • good at keeping records.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cardiac physiologists includes:

  • other medical technician or hospital-based work
  • experience dealing with the public
  • working with technology.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include biology, physics, health, chemistry and mathematics.

Clinical Physiologists can earn around $43K-$62K per year per year.

Clinical physiologists may progress to more senior roles or managerial positions.

Clinical physiologists can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Cardiac Physiologist
Cardiac physiologists use technical equipment to monitor, record, measure and analyse the way patients' hearts are working to help doctors diagnose and treat patients with heart disease.
Respiratory Physiologist
Respiratory physiologists test the way patients are breathing to help treat lung disease or disorders such as asthma. They may be involved in exercise tests or sleep studies.
Renal Physiologist (Dialysis)
Renal physiologists help to treat patients with renal or kidney failure.
Sleep Physiologist
Sleep physiologists work with patients who have health issues relating to poor sleep quality. They treat conditions such as sleep apnoea.
Neurophysiology Technologist
Neurophysiology technologists record brain and nerve activity using specialised equipment. They may also be involved in sleep studies.
Exercise Physiologist
Exercise physiologists analyse patients' fitness to help them improve or maintain good health. They also help to treat other chronic health diseases, such as heart disease.
Clinical Physiologist

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