Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Total Semester Credit Hours = 43

The mission of the M.S. Degree Program in Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) is to prepare students to successfully complete the Clinical Exercise Physiology Registry (RCEP) Exam of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The program provides a thorough theoretical base and extensive applied and clinical experience for the person who intends to pursue a career related to exercise in a clinical setting. The program is designed to develop competencies in a broad range of areas, including exercise testing and evaluation, exercise prescription, implementation and administration of preventive and rehabilitative exercise programs, and education and health promotion. The curriculum includes activities in various clinical facilities to provide experiences with individuals with a wide range of diseases and disorders.

Because they interact with patients and others in clinical settings, CEP students are subject to policies related to criminal background checks, current immunizations, TB screening, liability insurance, dress codes and uniforms, current CPR certification, and having means of transportation. Students will be responsible for costs that may be associated with these policies. An up-to-date list of these policies and costs may be obtained from the Department or the Department's Web site.

In addition to meeting academic requirements assessed by traditional methods (e.g., exams, written reports), the successful CEP student will be assessed and must meet minimal criteria in the following areas, as applied to effective performance in the clinical setting: (a) Critical thinking, (b) interpersonal skills, (c) communication skills, (d) physical mobility, (e) motor skills, and (f) hearing, vision and tactile acuity. More details about these criteria may be obtained from the Department or the Department's Web site. Students must begin the M.S.-CEP Program in the fall semester.

Awarding of the M.S.-CEP Degree is contingent upon taking the ACSM RCEP Exam, ordinarily in the latter part of the student's last semester of the Program. The student will be responsible for costs associated with taking this exam. Awarding of the Degree is also contingent upon satisfactory completion of a portfolio related to the student's clinical experiences in the CEP Program.


The regular curriculum of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Degree consists of the following courses, listed according to the typical schedule.

Fall 1

CEPH 5213/5214: Diagnostic Tests & Exercise Prescription/Laboratory

CEPH 5223/5224: Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology/Laboratory

KINE 5216/5217: Exercise Metabolism/Laboratory

Spring 1

ALHS 5104: Exercise-Drug Interactions

KINE 5304: Exercise Psychology

KINE 5219/5220: Exercise for Special Populations I/Lab

CEPH 5221/5222: Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology/Laboratory

Summer 1

ALHS 5354: Program Management

HECC 5303: Research Design

Fall 2

HECC 5391: Practicum in Health and Kinesiology

HECC 5392: Practicum in Health and Kinesiology

KINE 5221/5222: Exercise for Special Populations II/Lab

Spring 2

HECC 5397: Internship