The M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology program uses a variety of teaching methods, including case studies in combination with laboratories, to better integrate academic information with practical application. It also requires two internships for further application of learned concepts in the workplace setting.
- Students are introduced to the most recent information in the natural sciences through coursework in physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and nutrition. Courses in behavioral modification and preventative health care address the mental and spiritual aspects of better health. Additional coursework assists students in program development and
administration, exposes students to specialized intergenerational needs, and
addresses the ethics of research and health care administration.
- Two clinical internships which offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the workplace are required. M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology internships are supervised by practicing professionals in the field who provide feedback on the student’s knowledge, skills and abilities as well as personal attributes that employers seek when making new hires.
- Students gain expertise in numerous physiological assessment techniques through internships, research, community testing and Benedictine’s Young Hearts for Life screening program. Learning is also enhanced through collaborations with Benedictine’s Physical Education
and athletic programs.
- The Exercise Physiology Laboratory at Benedictine University allows students to assess the physiological responses to the stress of exercise. The fitness center in the Dan and Ada Rice Center is an additional resource for laboratory-based courses. Students also have the opportunity to provide exercise programming to a wide variety of older individuals at the
Performance Enhancement Center at the Villa St. Benedict retirement facility.
- Ongoing research opportunities are available in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory to allow students to participate in a variety of studies. The results of these studies are presented at both regional and national American College of Sports Medicine meetings and published in scientific journals.
- The M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology program is academically demanding and prepares students for the critical responsibility they assume in professional practice. Students improve decision making skills, learn to critically analyze the literature and demonstrate the ability to safely assess physiological performance of patients. Successful completion of the
program requires that each student pass an academic and skills competency exam that is based on the knowledge and skills learned throughout their coursework.