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Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program Curriculum

The Carroll University Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program has a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP). The MEXP program requires a total of 58 credit hours to include 9 credits of core requirements, and 46-49 credits of concentration requirements (including practicum courses). Students electing to take the non-thesis option to fulfill the research requirements of the program will take 3 credits of electives.

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.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration (CEP)

Upon completion of the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration, students will be eligible to sit for the ACSM-RCEP or ACSM-CEP certification exams, would be prepared to work in a variety of clinical rehabilitation settings, and prepared for a job in inpatient, transitional, outpatient and maintenance rehabilitation programs, stress testing, and 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 and fitness.
  • Facilitating the elimination of barriers to long-term lifestyle changes through goal setting and wellness coaching.
  • Improving the ease of daily living activities.
  • Increasing the likelihood of long-term physical, social and economic independence.

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/sports medicine 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 (9 required credits)

EXP503Advanced Exercise Physiology
EXP503LLaboratory Techniques in Advanced Exercise Physiology
EXP607Graduate Research Project I
HED606Statistical Methods for the Health Sciences


Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses (49 credits)

EXP501Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
EXP505Laboratory Methods I
EXP510Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription
EXP511Cardiopulmonary Testing
EXP513Advanced Electrocardiography
EXP516Exercise Testing and Prescription for Clinical Populations
EXP520Client-centered Clinical Practice in Exercise Physiology
EXP580Practicum I
EXP590Practicum II
EXP600Practicum III
EXP608Graduate Research Project II
EXP610Practicum IV
EXP615Concepts in Functional Rehabilitation
EXP620Entrepreneurism in Health and Fitness
HED651Planning and Implementation of Health Education Programs
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