Edwin Rodriguez

Academic Program: M.S. in Exercise Physiology—Clinical (MEXP)

Why exercise physiology?

While I was growing up, I was taught the value of helping those less fortunate than oneself. The desire to help others paired with my passion for exercise made exercise physiology an obvious choice.

Why did you choose Carroll’s MEXP program? What has the MEXP program offered you that no other program could have?

One huge plus about the MEXP program at Carroll University is its class size. My cohort had a total of nine students in it, including myself, and that allowed me to create relationships with my professor to help better my understanding of the field. Additionally, the amount of time dedicated to hands on experience and the internship opportunities available through the program will offer students more unique job opportunities after graduation. With over 700 hours of hands-on clinical experience I have acquired throughout this program, I feel confident in my abilities when entering the work force. Additionally, having worked with a variety of clients and knowing how to design exercise interventions for numerous clinical populations, I am ready and able to handle whatever may come next.

What are the strengths of your professors and how have they personally helped you succeed or expand your vision of the field?

The professors I had during my time as a graduate student at Carroll University are some of the greatest instructors I have ever had. Their passion and drive to educate future exercise physiologists and care for their students was evident the first day. I can honestly say I would not be on the path I am on today if it were not for them, and I am truly thankful for them.

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your education at Carroll?

My clinical internship at the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute was a once in a lifetime opportunity that helped further my passion for exercise-based cancer rehabilitation.

What would you say to someone considering MEXP?

First off, please talk to somebody. If not me, then Dr. Brown, Dr. Shackelford, or a current student will be able to tell you how amazing the field is and how effective the Carroll University MEXP program is. Even as a student it so rewarding to help someone improve their life with methods they didn’t know were possible. Secondly, the work that is being performed by the faculty and graduates of the MEXP program are creating changes in the field of exercise physiology, and if you are interested in becoming a part of something bigger than yourself and also bettering the field, the MEXP program is for you.

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