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Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program Curriculum

The Carroll University Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program includes two concentrations, Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) and Strength and Conditioning (SC). Both concentrations would require a total of 58 credit hours to include 10 credits of core requirements, 36-39 credits of concentration requirements (including practicum/internship courses), and 9-12 credits of electives. All students will complete a master's thesis as the culminating experience during the second year of the program.

The majority of lectures and labs are offered at the Center for Graduate Studies in the late afternoon. The CGS houses a state-of-the-art exercise physiology lab. Some courses will be offered on Carroll's main campus as dictated by laboratory equipment and facilities such as a gymnasium floor, track and athletic training facilities.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration (CEP)

Upon completion of the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration, students will be eligible to sit for the ACSM RCEP certification exam, would be prepared to work in a variety of clinical rehabilitation settings, and prepared for a job in inpatient, transitional and outpatient rehabilitation programs, as well as a variety of community and hospital-based preventive cardiology programs. The scope of practice for a clinical exercise physiologist includes:

  • Working with individuals referred by, or are currently under the care of, a physician.
  • Working with individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic and hematologic disease to provide primary and secondary prevention.
  • Performing clinical exercise testing and data interpretation.
  • Developing complex exercise prescriptions and performing exercise counseling.

The curriculum would prepare students to deliver clinical exercise physiology services that focus on the improvement of physical capabilities for the purpose of:

  • Chronic disease management.
  • Reducing risks for early development or recurrence of chronic diseases.
  • Creating lifestyle habits that promote enhancement of health.
  • Facilitating the elimination of barriers to habitual lifestyle changes through goal setting and prioritizing.
  • Improving the ease of daily living activities.
  • Increasing the likelihood of long-term physical, social and economic independence.

Strength and Conditioning Concentration (SC)

The Strength and Conditioning concentration within the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program is a more traditional curriculum. Graduates of the program will possess general exercise physiology skills and abilities with a focus on sports physiology, neuromuscular function and sports medicine practice. In addition, students will acquire the equivalent of two years of hands-on experience, making them more marketable for jobs in university settings and athletic training centers. Upon completion of the SC concentration, students will be prepared for careers in sports medicine, including strength and conditioning coach, performance coach, and sports physiologist, as well as sports nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program will be able to:

  • Identify, perform and interpret appropriate screenings to assess the health status of persons from diverse populations and health conditions.
  • Appropriately apply the principles, recommendations and skills for exercise testing and prescription, and evidence-based decision making in planning safe and effective exercise programs for persons from diverse populations and health conditions.
  • Understand common chronic diseases and disabilities, disease progression, treatments and adaptations resulting from exercise, and apply this information in developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive programs that address clients' needs and goals.
  • Understand and apply problem-solving skills and current practices in risk factor reduction and lifestyle management to include goal setting, behavior change theory, motivational strategies and health/wellness coaching.
  • Ability to evaluate and use an array of testing and exercise equipment, and technologies to support clinical/sports medicine practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and interpersonal skills in the provision, instruction and supervision of programs and services in clinical practice.
  • Examine and critique the scientific literature in the discipline, synthesize relevant information, and appropriately convey that information in scientific writing and oral communication.
  • Evaluate and understand the importance and value of ethical and professional standards of practice to include being accountable for individual non-medical judgments and decisions about health and fitness, and preventive, rehabilitative, educational and/or research services.


M.S. in Exercise Physiology Core Courses (10 required credits)

EXP503Advanced Exercise Physiology
EXP503LLaboratory Techniques in Advanced Exercise Physiology
HED606Statistical Methods for the Health Sciences


Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses (39 credits)

EXP501Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
EXP510Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription
PTH509Intro to Pharmacology
EXP515Concepts in Functional Rehabilitation
EXP516Exercise in the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Chronic Diseases and Disabilities
EXP520Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology
EXP621Methods in Integrative Lifestyle Management
HED651Planning and Implementation of Health Education Programs
EXP580Practicum I
EXP590Practicum II
EXP600Practicum III
EXP610Practicum IV


Strength & Conditioning Concentration Courses (36 credits)

EXP521Exercise and Sports Psychology
EXP500Advanced Strength and Conditioning I
EXP502Advanced Sports Nutrition Assessment and Prescription
EXP504Advanced Assessment of Physical Performance
EXP522Sport Biomechanics
EXP591Advanced Strength and Conditioning II
EXP692Current Topics in Strength and Conditioning
EXP695Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
EXP581Internship I
EXP582Internship II
EXP601Internship III


Elective Courses (9-12 required credits)
HED652Evaluation and Assessment of Health Education Programs
HED663Public Health Policy and Administration
LEA635Creating and Managing Effective Teams
LEA640Communication Skills for Leaders
LEA655Leading Organizational Change
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