Clinical Exercise Physiology - MS

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Mission Statement

THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICANTS

 

The mission of the Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology is to develop and train graduate students to understand the disease processes in selected chronic diseases and the proper use of exercise assessment, prescription and training for persons with these chronic diseases and other clinical populations.

Goals

The goals of this program in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences are to:

  • Help students understand the metabolic and physiological aspects of selected disease processes, prevention, and rehabilitation
  • Provide students with an in-depth understanding of exercise physiology, clinical exercise assessment, and exercise prescription for disease prevention and rehabilitation
  • Provide students with the laboratory and clinical skills necessary for assessing, educating, and treating persons in preventive and rehabilitative exercise programs
  • Help students apply principles of exercise testing and prescription in a way that will enhance the quality of life of individuals with chronic disease and/or other special medical considerations
  • Facilitate students becoming certified as Clinical Exercise Specialist® with the American College of Sports Medicine

Competencies

Upon completion of the Master of Science in clinical exercise physiology program, professionals will possess the following functional competencies:

  • Skills necessary for the clinical assessment of individuals. 

    Relevant courses: 
    EXNS 6202Adv Exercise Physiology I 
    EXNS 6203Adv Exercise Physiology II 
    EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
    EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    EXNS 6211Assessment Prescription & ECG 
    EXNS 6212EX in Selected ChronicDiseases 
    EXNS 6213Clinical Internship I 
    EXNS 6214Clinical Internship II 
    EXNS 6215Clinical Exer Physio Rotations 
  • Skills necessary for conducting exercise tests and other evaluations of individuals with special clinical needs.
    Relevant courses: 
    EXNS 6202Adv Exercise Physiology I 
    EXNS 6203Adv Exercise Physiology II 
    EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
    EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    EXNS 6211Assessment Prescription & ECG 
    EXNS 6212EX in Selected ChronicDiseases 
    EXNS 6213Clinical Internship I 
    EXNS 6214Clinical Internship II 
    EXNS 6215Clinical Exer Physio Rotations 
  • Skills for prescribing preventive and rehabilitative exercise for individuals with special medical needs. 

    Relevant courses: 
    EXNS 6202Adv Exercise Physiology I 
    EXNS 6203Adv Exercise Physiology II 
    EXNS 6207Psych Aspects Sport & Exercise 
    EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
    EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    EXNS 6211Assessment Prescription & ECG 
    EXNS 6212EX in Selected ChronicDiseases 
    EXNS 6213Clinical Internship I 
    EXNS 6214Clinical Internship II 
    EXNS 6215Clinical Exer Physio Rotations 
  • Administrative and professional skills for working with other health care team members in the clinical setting. 
    Relevant courses: 
    EXNS 6208PhysActivity:Phys&Epidemiol 
    EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
    EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    EXNS 6213Clinical Internship I 
    EXNS 6214Clinical Internship II 
    EXNS 6215Clinical Exer Physio Rotations 
    EXNS 6216Org&Mgmt of Clinical Programs 
  • Skills for managing clinical exercise and wellness programs.
    Relevant courses: 
    EXNS 6202Adv Exercise Physiology I 
    EXNS 6203Adv Exercise Physiology II 
    EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
    EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    EXNS 6211Assessment Prescription & ECG 
    EXNS 6212EX in Selected ChronicDiseases 
    EXNS 6213Clinical Internship I 
    EXNS 6214Clinical Internship II 
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully complete the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification examination. 
    Relevant courses: 
    EXNS 6202Adv Exercise Physiology I 
    EXNS 6203Adv Exercise Physiology II 
    EXNS 6204Biostatistical Meth&Res Design 
    EXNS 6207Psych Aspects Sport & Exercise 
    EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
    EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
    EXNS 6211Assessment Prescription & ECG 
    EXNS 6212EX in Selected ChronicDiseases

 

Program Requirements

Course Requirements

All GW Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Master Degree students who enroll in the clinical exercise physiology program must successfully complete requirements of the program. The required 36 credits includes successful completion of the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification examination.  This certification examination is typically taken in the last semester of the program.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites: 
Exercise physiology - must be completed before beginning coursework at GW 
Core courses (17 credits): 
EXNS 6202Adv Exercise Physiology I 
EXNS 6203Adv Exercise Physiology II 
EXNS 6204Biostatistical Meth&Res Design 
EXNS 6207Psych Aspects Sport & Exercise 
EXNS 6208PhysActivity:Phys&Epidemiol 
EXNS 6209Adv Concepts Nutrition Science 
Program-specific courses (13 credits): 
EXNS 6210Cardiac Rehabilitation 
EXNS 6211Assessment Prescription & ECG 
EXNS 6212EX in Selected ChronicDiseases 
EXNS 6215Clinical Exer Physio Rotations 
EXNS 6216Org&Mgmt of Clinical Programs 
Culminating experience (6 credits): 
EXNS 6213Clinical Internship I 
EXNS 6214Clinical Internship II 
Certification exam: 
Students must take and pass the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiologist® Certification Examination 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 36 graduate credits are required.
  2. Course requirements: successful completion of the core courses and the program specific courses are required.
  3. Examination requirement: pass the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification examination (clinical exercise physiology only)
  4. Grade point requirement: a 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
  5. Time limit requirement: the degree must be completed within four years.
  6. Transfer credit policy: up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the MSES.  Courses need to have been taken within the past three years from an accredited institution with a grade of B or better.

Sample Schedule

Fall Semester, 1st Year (9 credits)

EXNS 6202      Advanced Exercise Physiology I (3)

EXNS 6207      Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise (3)

EXNS 6210      Cardiac Rehabilitation (3)

 

Spring Semester, 1st Year (9 credits)

EXNS 6203      Advanced Exercise Physiology II (3)

EXNS 6211      Clinical Exercise Testing, Exercise Prescription & Electrocardiogram Fundamentals (3)

EXNS 6212      Exercise in Selected Chronic Diseases (3)

 

Fall Semester, 2nd Year (9 credits)

EXNS 6213      Clinical Internship I (3)

EXNS 6204      Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (3)

EXNS 6209      Advanced Concepts in Nutrition Science (3)

 

Spring Semester, 2nd Year (9 credits)

EXNS 6208      Physical Activity: Physiology & Epidemiology (2)

EXNS 6214      Clinical Internship II (3)

EXNS 6215      Clinical Exercise Physiology Rotations (3)

EXNS 6216      Organization & Management of Clinical Programs (1)

 

Prerequisite:  Exercise Physiology

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 

Past Guides:
 
Guides that are not available online can be acquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.