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Maximal exercise testing is conducted by the use of a ParvoMedics TrueMax 2400™ Metabolic Measurement System. This system is also used to conduct resting metabolic rate testing. ECG monitoring during exercise testing is conducted with our new Welch Allyn Q-Stress ECG system with wireless acquisition that allows tests to be reviewed and sent to physicians for further follow-up. Additional equipment in our laboratory includes:

  • Woodway treadmill
  • Velotron computer controlled, precision electronic bicycle ergometer
  • Lode Corvial Recumbent Cycle Ergometer
  • Monark Cycle Ergometer
  • InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer which performs segmental body composition analysis
  • Hydrostatic underwater weighing tank
  • Cholestek LDX system for lipid panels
  • Ascencia Contour Blood Glucose measurement system
  • Lactate Plus Lactate Meter
  • CorTemp ingestible core body temperature sensor system
  • SunTech Pro Ambulatory Blood Pressure System
  • emWave by HeartMath for measurement of heartrate variability

Villa St. Benedict facilities

Villa St. Benedict
The Activities of Daily Living Performance Enhancement Research Center (commonly known as the PEC) is a cooperative effort between Villa St. Benedict and the Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology program. This well-equipped fitness center features FreeMotion resistance training equipment that utilizes pulley systems to allow a wide range of joint motions to be accommodated. Many of these machines are also accessible to those confined to wheelchairs. In addition to the FreeMotion equipment, there is also a leg press machine that is more accessible for seniors than the typical equipment found in fitness centers.

For aerobic conditioning, we have NuStep recumbent trainers, StarTrac recumbent bicycles, and StarTrac treadmills. A Body Select Endurance E5000 elliptical, electronic upper body arm ergometer, rowing machine and Airdyne bike round out the aerobic offerings.

Group exercise classes are offered 5 days of the week and include a variety of class formats. We currently offer balance training, core conditioning, and strength training. Our students also lead classes in other areas of the campus including Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Working at Villa St. Benedict is terrific opportunity to help a great group of residents improve their fitness to help maintain their quality of life. In addition, it provides students with practical experience working with a wide variety of chronic conditions. The hours worked at Villa St. Benedict counts towards the requirements for the ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist exam (ACSM-CEP).

Please contact Regina Schurman at rschurman@ben.eduto learn more or for a tour.

BenU fitness center 

Benedictine University's Fitness Center
Benedictine University features a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, which is located in the recently renovated Dan and Ada Rice Center. This Fitness Center is available for use by students, faculty, and staff at Benedictine University for no additional fee.

Visit the BenU Fitness Center website for facility photos and hours.

MacNeal Hospital facilities

Featured Clincal Site
Betsy Hart is one of our graduates who is an Exercise Physiologist at Loyola MacNeal Hospital in their cardiac rehab department. She was instrumental in turning their program around over the past several years. She loves to teach and enjoys hosting interns. Our students would get a very comprehensive experience at her site.

Visit Loyola Medicine - MacNeal Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation


Graduates of the Clinical Exercise Physiology program are employed at many clinical sites in the Chicago-land area and often serve as preceptors for students during their clinical internships. The following affiliates represent some of the internship sites available:

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Good Shepard Hospital
Edward Hines VA Hospital Edward Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital
Lurie Children’s Hospital
MacNeal Hospital
Mercy Medical Center
Northwest Community Hospital
Northwestern Medicine- Delnor Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Dean, Science & Health
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