Clinical Exercise Physiology

Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Clinical exercise physiologists are allied health professionals who use scientific and practical application of exercise for the betterment of health, fitness and quality of life for patients at high risk or living with chronic disease. Our program prepares students to assess, develop and supervise individualized exercise prescriptions for diverse clinical and special populations.

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Program Highlights

  • No GRE Requirement!
  • Small classes focus on theoretical foundations, practical situations and applied learning in clinicals settings.
  • Prepares graduates to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Clinical Exercise Physiologist Exam.
  • Problem-based learning approach exposes students to working in teams, developing creativity and initiative and enhancing written and oral communication skills.
  • Elective classes allow students to build a curriculum to meet their personal academic and career goals.

Program Distinctions

  • The Husky Physical Activity and Wellness space is an interdisciplinary space offering an experiential learning opportunities for students to apply their skills and help others achieve their fitness and wellness goals. 
  • The Center for Health and Wellness Innovation in Eastman Hall offers students the opportunity to gain experience in an interdisciplinary approach to wellness focused on increasing accessibility and reducing barriers to student health and well-being. 
  • Full- and part-time faculty active in publishing, research, conferences, service and professional leadership at local, national and international levels. 
  • The Center for Health Outcome Policy Research is a partnership with CentraCare Health to work together to develop practical solutions to health challenges in Central Minnesota. 

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Aug. 1 June 15 Aug. 1
Spring Dec. 15 Oct. 15 Dec. 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. William Picconatto

Popular Careers

  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Exercise Oncology Specialist
  • Chronic Disease Lifestyle Coach

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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