Exercise Science for Clinicians, Graduate Certificate

The Department of Health Sciences offers a Graduate Certificate of Exercise Science for Clinicians.  Exercise training has been shown to be of therapeutic benefit to patients who have chronic diseases, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and metabolic disorders. Supervised exercises are commonly performed in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician’s offices, university laboratories, or hospital-based research facilities. Exercise physiologists work in the above settings to create, implement, and evaluate exercise programs.  Clinicians, such as physicians and nurses, work with exercise physiologists to prescribe individualized exercise to meet the specific clinical needs of their patients. Understanding the benefits of exercise, and how exercise plays a role in health promotion and disease prevention/intervention, is only a small part of traditional training of physicians and nurses. This Graduate Certificate of Exercise Science for Clinicians will help bridge the knowledge gap between the medical field and the exercise field. Additionally, it will help clinicians understand the role of exercise as a proven powerful medicine and a readily available therapy that has demonstrated a high therapeutic effect in a number of chronic disease states with little to no side effects.

Two important features:

  • The curriculum includes course work and experiential learning opportunities for students to develop well-rounded knowledge of the role of physical activity and exercise on health and disease prevention/intervention. It covers knowledge of exercise physiology and exercise testing, assessment, and prescription, all of which are major domains of job tasks for a clinical exercise physiologist required by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  • Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be granted an exercise science for clinicians certificate. Students may also choose to take additional courses and fulfill the program requirements to complete a Master of Science in Exercise Science, which will prepare them for ACSM certification to become a certified clinical exercise physiologist.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

Advanced Physiology
EXSC 5200Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
EXSC 5220Advanced Exercise Physiology3
Assessment and Prescription
EXSC 5210Physical Activity and Exercise: Prescription, Measurement, and Testing3
EXSC 6202Electrocardiography, Clinical Assessment, and Prescription3
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:6
Internship in Exercise Science


Complete 3 semester hours of electives with approval of program director.3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

21 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required