Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration

The role of the clinical exercise physiologist will continue to expand. Because of the shift to alternative care, and because of the interest the elderly show in acquiring and maintaining as much quality of life as is possible, there will be a growing employment market for the clinical exercise physiologist, and for those who have expertise in the management of fitness/wellness facilities. The American College of Sports Medicine recognizes this trend, and a number of presentations at its regional conference addressed this observation. Fitchburg State University will be at the leading edge of the employment market because of its strong track in clinical exercise physiology and because of the purposeful blend of clinical physiology and health fitness emphases in all tracks.

Curriculum

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration

All Exercise and Sports Science majors must complete a core of EXSS courses, including a 240 hour internship, as well as 4 or 5 liberal arts and science courses, depending on concentration.

Required EXSS Courses

All students are required to complete the following common core courses:

EXSS 1011 - Introduction to Exercise and Sports Science - 3 cr.
EXSS 2050 - Functional Anatomy - 3 cr.
EXSS 2065 – Introduction to Research in Exercise Science - 3 cr.
EXSS 2071 - Exercise Physiology I - 4 cr.
EXSS 2072 - Exercise Physiology II - 4 cr.
EXSS 2300 - Nutrition in Exercise and Sport - 3 cr.
or
EXSS 3000 – Applied Nutrition - 3 cr.
EXSS 2500 - Human Motor Development - 3 cr.
EXSS 3120 - Scientific Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3 cr.
EXSS 3450 - Exercise Testing and Prescription - 4 cr.
EXSS 4005 – Biomechanics & Motor Control of Human Movement - 4 cr.
EXSS 4040 - Fitness Management - 3 cr.
EXSS 4200 – Professional and Career Development - 3 cr.
EXSS 4950 - Internship - 6 cr.

Requirements for the Concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology:

EXSS 4045 - Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology - 3 cr.
EXSS 3600 - Exercise Response and Adaptations in Special Populations - 3 cr.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration:

BIOL 1200 - Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 cr.
BIOL 1300 - Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 cr.
BIOL 1800 - General Biology I - 4 cr.
CHEM 1200 - Chemistry for Health Sciences - 4 cr.
or
CHEM 1300 - General Chemistry I - 4 cr.
PSY 1100 - Intro to Psychological Science - 3 cr.

  • Speaking/Listening requirement is met through EXSS 1011, EXSS 3450 or EXSS 4950
  • The Jr/Sr Writing requirement is met through EXSS 2065, EXSS 4200 or EXSS 4950
  • Computer Literacy requirement is met through EXSS 1011, EXSS 2065, EXSS 2071 or EXSS 2072

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