The Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI) is an entity of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Established in 1996, RMCRI’s mission is to relieve suffering, promote self-sufficiency, improve quality of life, and eliminate secondary cancers and cancer recurrence for cancer survivors through prescriptive exercise and evidence-based interventions. The Institute presently is the only facility of its kind in the country and is recognized as a frontrunner in cancer rehabilitation. Research initiatives have produced over 130 national juried presentations and manuscripts culminating in a published textbook. Educational endeavors have resulted in more than 500 undergraduate students trained as cancer exercise specialists and 215 master’s and doctoral graduate students mentored to conduct clinical and basic research in cancer rehabilitation. Additionally, RMCRI hosts international and national educational programs to teach others how to become Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialists and how to create and manage cancer rehabilitation centers while also serving the public and private sector as consultants in the implementation of cancer rehabilitation programs. For two decades, through clinical expertise, research, and an excellence in education, the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute has proven itself a leader in the field of cancer rehabilitation and utilizing exercise to attenuate cancer treatment-related symptoms.

RMCRI has helped thousands of cancer survivors to regain their quality of life, reduce depression, attenuate fatigue, improve cardiorespiratory performance, enhance muscular strength, and endurance, as well as increase flexibility and balance. While the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute is available to cancer survivors throughout Northern Colorado, the research performed at this facility is used to improve our understanding of exercise rehabilitation and the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors worldwide.

Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute is committed to the advancement of quality of life for cancer survivors during and following treatment through prescriptive exercise rehabilitation and nutritional intervention.


  • To provide complete health and fitness assessments, individualized exercise prescriptions, and one-on-one rehabilitative exercise sessions with trained Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialists.
  • To provide basic and clinical research with the intent to alleviate cancer treatment-related side effects.
  • To provide advanced educational preparation and professional development to promote high standards in cancer rehabilitation.


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