Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.S.

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College of Health Sciences

Department of Exercise Science

Koehler Fieldhouse

570-422-3302

www.esu.edu/gradexsc

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Coordinator:

Chad Witmer, Ph.D. cwitmer@esu.edu

Professor:

Donald M. Cummings, Ph.D., dcummings@.esu.edu

Shala E. Davis, Ph.D., chair, sdavis@esu.edu

Gregory B. Dwyer, Ph.D., gdwyer@esu.edu

Associate Professor:

Gavin Moir, Ph.D., gmoir@esu.edu

Chad Witmer, Ph.D., cwitmer@esu.edu

Assistant Professor:

Matthew Miltenberger, Ph.D., mmiltenberger@esu.edu

Emily Sauers, Ph.D., esauers@esu.edu

Medical Director

Eli Berman, M.D., eberman@esu.edu

Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology

  • 45 credits

    Purpose of Degree

    The purpose of the Clinical Exercise Physiology program is to provide classroom and laboratory experiences that take full advantage of current knowledge and trends in rehabilitation of populations with cardiac, pulmonary and metabolic disorders through assessment and exercise programming.

    The M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology is offered in conjunction with six area medical centers, and offers traditional classroom and laboratory experiences as well as specialized clinical experiences. The Clinical Exercise Physiology program is typically restricted to the top 25 qualified applicants.

    National Accreditation

    The M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

    Program of Study

    Required courses

    Summer I Courses

    EXSC 551

    Aerobic Fitness Workshop

    2 credits

    EXSC 552

    Exercise and Weight Control Workshop

    2 credits

    Fall Semester Courses

    EXSC 527

    Physiology of Human Performance

    3 credits

    CEXP 530

    Electrocardiography, Non-Invasive Cardiac Evaluations,

    and Implications in Exercise and Rehabilitation

    3 credits

    CEXP 531

    Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory I

    3 credits

    CEXP 539

    Coronary Heart Disease: Its Medical Diagnosis and

    Management

    3 credits

    CEXP 587

    Clinical Internship I

    3 credits

    Spring Semester Courses

    EXSC 513

    Evaluation in Movement Studies and Exercise Science

    3 credits

    CEXP 532

    Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory II

    3 credits

    CEXP 537

    Exercise Testing and Programming

    3 credits

    CEXP 538

    Cardiac Pathology and Pharmacology

    3 credits

    CEXP 588

    Clinical Internship II

    3 credits

    Summer II Courses

    EXSC 528

    Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques

    1 credit

    CEXP 533

    Health and Fitness Clinical Laboratory III

    3 credits

    CEXP 536

    Organization and Administration of Cardiac Rehabilitation

    and Primary Prevention Programs

    3 credits

    CEXP 558

    Clinical Exercise Specialist Workshop

    1 credit

    CEXP 595

    Clinical Exercise Physiology Seminar

    3 credits

    Admission Requirements

    Please see the Exercise Science Department web page for information on specific admission requirements for this program.

    Final Graduation Requirement

    Students must pass a written comprehensive examination at the conclusion of coursework.

Course Descriptions

  • CEXP 530 Electrocardiography, Non-Invasive Cardiac Evaluations, and Implications in Exercise and Rehabilitation (3:3:0)

    • Basic electrocardiographic concepts of the normal EKG, arrhythmias, conduction defects, ischemia, infarction, hypertrophies, exercise, drug effects, and rehabilitation are discussed and demonstrated. Noninvasive procedures of echocardiography and thallium scanning and their importance in diagnosis and rehabilitation are presented. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only/permission of instructor.

  • CEXP 531 Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory I (3:1:4)

    • This lecture/lab experience is conducted in the Human Performance Lab and prepares students to participate in a variety of multidisciplinary clinical environments. Development of pertinent skills and discussion of relevant concepts pertaining to cardiac rehabilitation and exercise for other special populations are presented to prepare students for experiences at area hospitals and medical facilities. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only.

  • CEXP 532 Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory II (3:1:4)

    • This lecture/lab experience is conducted in the Human Performance Lab and continues the discussion and development of skills necessary to continue preparation of Clinical Exercise Physiology students for clinical rotations at area hospitals and medical facilities. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only.

  • CEXP 533 Health and Fitness Clinical Laboratory III (3:0:9)

    • Students observe and experience the programmatic, organizational, and administrative aspects of the Health and Fitness program at Pocono Medical Center. The "wellness" concept is stressed by learning evaluation and measurement techniques as well as participation in educational and counseling settings.

  • CEXP 536 Organization and Administration of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Primary Prevention Programs (3:3:0)

    • This course analyzes general principles and procedures of cardiac and primary prevention programs. The organization and administration of specific programs will be discussed. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only.

  • CEXP 537 Exercise Testing and Programming (3:3:0)

    • An in-depth analysis of exercise stress testing for cardiac patients, symptomatic and asymptomatic, is presented along with principles and practices of exercise programming. Traditional as well as more recently developed exercise testing and programming procedures are discussed. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only/permission of instructor.

  • CEXP 538 Cardiac Pathology and Pharmacology (3:3:0)

    • Lectures and discussion emphasize major cardiac diseases and their effect on cardiovascular function. The role of exercise in the rehabilitation from these cardiac disorders is analyzed and evaluated. Traditional and newer drugs and their pharmacological actions are presented as they relate to rehabilitation and treatment. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only/permission of instructor.

  • CEXP 539 Coronary Heart Disease: Its Medical Diagnosis and Management (3:3:0)

    • This course presents a broad overview of coronary heart disease etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis related to cardiac rehabilitation. Students will be introduced to material that will serve as a foundation for advanced courses in pathophysiology, electrocardiography, stress testing, and clinical laboratories. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only/permission of instructor.

  • CEXP 558 Clinical Exercise Specialist Workshop (1:0:2)

    • The Clinical Exercise Specialist Workshop will provide structured experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and gymnasium to improve knowledge and understanding of graded exercise testing, exercise prescription, and physical activities as used in prevention and rehabilitation. A review of the knowledge, skills, and objectives for the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Exercise Specialist and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certifications are covered.

  • CEXP 587 Clinical Internship I (3:0:9)

    • This course, offered in the Fall semester, is designed to provide the Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate student with practical, clinical skills/experiences in a variety of internship sites. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

  • CEXP 588 Clinical Internship II (3:0:9)

    • This course, offered in the Spring semester, is designed to continue the development of basic practical skills introduced in Clinical Internship I and to provide the student with the opportunity to practice advanced skills in clinical exercise physiology in a controlled medical setting. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.

  • CEXP 595 Clinical Exercise Physiology Seminar (3:3:0)

    • This course focuses on current concepts, controversies, and issues in clinical exercise physiology. The lecture-discussion format utilizes appropriate literature as sources for dialogue and pre-requisite courses serve as a basis for analyzing relevant theoretical and practical concerns. Clinical Exercise Physiology students only.