M.S. in Exercise Physiology—Clinical

Carroll's Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (MEXP) program with a clinical emphasis offers small, convenient classes that put the focus on you. Our program provides an innovative curriculum taught by faculty with a reputation of teaching excellence and innovation. Extensive hands-on experience both in and outside the classroom prepares you for future job success. The clinical focus of the MEXP program includes more than 700 hours of clinical internships and prepares you to immediately sit for the ACSM-CEP exam upon graduation. You'll be prepared for careers in inpatient and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, stress testing, preventive cardiology programs and various wellness related settings that cater to clients with current or ongoing health conditions.


Start by requesting a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology course sequence plan.

About Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is the scientific study of the physiological mechanisms underlying human movement. In clinical settings, exercise physiologists or exercise specialists work with patients to improve and maintain their health. Many patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or lung disease often work through rehabilitation with a certified exercise physiologist. 

Graduate into a high-demand career

Carroll University's program delivers the background knowledge and extensive hands-on experience you need to become an expert in clinical rehabilitation. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for a variety of clinical and related specialty certifications, and/or doctoral level work in exercise physiology or other allied health disciplines. This means you’ll be career ready for a variety of positions, including:

  • Certified exercise physiologist
  • Clinical exercise specialist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise test technologist
  • Adjunct faculty/instructor

Learn Through Experience

Our Carroll University Rehabilitative Exercise (CURE) Program includes new practical opportunities both on and off campus. You’ll receive a diversified clinical experience during two semesters conducting individualized, exercise interventions on patients diagnosed with cancer, chronic disease and the geriatric population—both directly in patient’s homes and in our state-of-the-art College of Health Sciences Clinic. The clinic houses multiple pieces of aerobic/cardiovascular, resistance training and balance equipment as well as body weight mat tables for stretching and exercises. 

The MEXP Clinical program has also partnered with the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County to expand the program offerings for cancer survivors, providing another opportunity to broaden your patient skills and network.

Student working with patient in cancer rehabilitation clinic

Internship Opportunities

In addition to the learning opportunities above, our students have recently completed internships in cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary and cancer rehabilitation at sites such as: 

  • Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center—Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic
  • University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute
  • St. Joseph's Hospital—Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center
  • St. Mary's Hospital—Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Ascension All Saints Hospital—Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital—ProHealth Heart and Vascular Care
  • Gundersen Lutheran La Crosse Clinic—Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center and Healthy Living Center

Develop Expertise in Research

In your second year of the MEXP Clinical program, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in research and active data collection. Gain expertise in writing research proposals, recruiting clients for testing and gathering full sets of data for analysis. You’ll present your research during the spring semester at Celebrate Carroll, our annual academic conference that highlights scholarly achievements of students and faculty. Select students will also be invited to present research at the annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference each year.  

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jessica Brown

Dr. Jessica Brown

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science - Applied Clinical Practice
Brian Edlbeck

Brian Edlbeck

Clinical Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology
Dr. Jamie Krzykowski

Dr. Jamie Krzykowski

Clinical Associate Professor / Athletic Training Program Director
Thomas Pahnke

Thomas Pahnke

Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy
Dr. Daniel Shackelford

Dr. Daniel Shackelford

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Dr. Timothy Suchomel

Dr. Timothy Suchomel

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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