Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science program in Exercise Physiology meets the knowledge, skill and aptitude (KSA) requirements for students to be eligible to take the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness National Examination and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Examination. This degree is also an excellent preparatory program for graduate or professional school. Graduates continue their education in medicine, optometry, chiropractic, physician assistant, exercise physiology, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy and other programs. The undergraduate program includes courses in science, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and hands-on laboratories in exercise physiology, and exercise instruction. Students will also complete a 134 hour clinical internship or research in their senior year. Select senior students can also take a hands on cadaveric dissection gross anatomy laboratory to further enhance their ability to compete for admission to Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Medicine or other Rehabilitative Science graduate programs.
Master of Science
The Master of Science program in exercise physiology prepares students for careers in graduate school, medicine, adult fitness, hospital or corporate-based wellness programs, or cardiac rehabilitation. The program offers a two tracks. The clinical track emphases training for treating persons with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The thesis track emphasizes advanced research training leading to research publications, and presentations for the student that has the goal of continuing to a Ph.D. (doctorate) program or industry (e.g. pharmaceutical industries).
The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Exercise Physiology is ranked 7th nationally and is housed under the umbrella Biomedical Sciences Program. The doctoral program in exercise physiology is intended to give exceptional students’ knowledge in basic and clinically relevant medical and scientific areas to prepare them for careers as effective and independent researchers, scientists and teachers in the broad field of Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology. Students in the Ph.D. degree in Exercise Physiology have obtained research funding from national organizations (AHA, NSF, ACSM) and graduates have received prestigious postdoctoral fellowships (e.g. Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, University of Pennsylvania etc.), faculty positions in higher education, or obtained research positions in pharmaceutical industries.
The Division of Exercise Physiology offers a special emphasis area in aquatic therapy for both masters and undergraduate degrees. Aquatic therapy is a rapidly developing health profession with increasing job opportunities in Rehabilitative Sciences. Students complete a 167 hours clinical internship and an additional 15 credit hours in the Aquatic Therapy Area of Emphasis.