Exercise Physiology - M.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2197
www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs


Description

The Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology prepares graduates for a wide variety of career options, including exercise prescription and research, as well as future doctoral study. Degree applicants are expected to have substantial preparation in the sciences, usually including coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology. Representative faculty research includes the areas of body composition, metabolism/nutritional requirements, environment, clinical exercise physiology and the psychophysiology of aging as it is influenced by physical activity and fitness. Athletic training faculty also support the degree path with their areas of expertise in clinical and educational research in the field of athletic training.

The degree program offers an optional concentration in Athletic Training, which is designed to serve the needs of post-certification (or certification-pending) students who wish to further their knowledge and skills in the athletic training profession while pursuing a master's degree. The Athletic Training provides a higher level of specialization in athletic training and prepares students for a future doctorate. This comprehensive program assures mastery of specified knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the field of athletic training. Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced clinical and academic training while obtaining knowledge and skills relative to effective clinical instruction and supervision. Advanced research skills are also a critical component to this advanced track program. Opportunities to perform research independently and/or in conjunction with program faculty are widely available.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in exercise science or equivalent preparation
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • GRE or MCAT score of the 50th percentile
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Pass one of the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) exams: Certified Exercise Physiologist or Certified Personal Trainer.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the physiology of human movement across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human and health and disease.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease, risk factors and special exercise populations, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Graduates of the Athletic Training concentration will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of the research process in athletic training by engaging with faculty and clinical staff in graduate research initiatives.
  2. Engage health care professionals and apply the knowledge gained, through their education in both the classroom and clinical settings.
  3. Engage in program improvement as part of a continuous quality improvement initiative by evaluating the effectiveness of the program through multiple evaluation resources.
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[EH-MS-EXPH]
Major Requirements
ATTR 63018ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 3
EXPH 63050RESEARCH PROCESS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 3
EXPH 63051QUANTITATIVE AND RESEARCH METHODS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 3
EXPH 63095RESEARCH SEMINAR 1
EXPH 65081ENERGY METABOLISM AND BODY COMPOSITION 3
EXPH 65082CARDIO-RESPIRATORY FUNCTION 3
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option, choose from the following:6
THESIS I
RESEARCH
and INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
Suggested Electives, choose from the following:12
HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY I
HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY II
BIOLOGY OF AGING
NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY
EXERCISE LEADERSHIP FOR THE OLDER ADULT
EXERCISE TESTING
ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY FOR THE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING: IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOR
RESEARCH
PHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF EXERCISE AND SPORT
NEUROBIOLOGY OF MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE
NUTRITION FOR FITNESS
Addtional Electives Chosen in Consultation with Advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:34

Athletic Training Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
ATTR 62010CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
ATTR 62012EDUCATION AND SUPERVISION PROCESSES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
ATTR 62014ADVANCED CLINICAL PROCEDURES IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND SPORTS MEDICINE 3
ATTR 62016CLINICAL INQUIRY IN ATHLETIC TRAINING 3
ATTR 63018ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 3
EXPH 63050RESEARCH PROCESS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 3
EXPH 63095RESEARCH SEMINAR 1
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option, choose from the following: 13-6
THESIS I
RESEARCH
Suggested Electives, choose from the following: 19-12
MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY I
MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY II
HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY I
HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY II
BIOLOGY OF AGING
BIOENERGETICS
ENDOCRINOLOGY
MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY I
MAMMALIAN PHYSIOLOGY II
NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOCHEMISTRY I
EXERCISE LEADERSHIP FOR THE OLDER ADULT
EXERCISE TESTING
ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY FOR THE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING: IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOR
QUANTITATIVE AND RESEARCH METHODS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
RESEARCH
MUSCLE FUNCTION AND EXERCISE
ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS AND EXERCISE
PHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF EXERCISE AND SPORT
ENERGY METABOLISM AND BODY COMPOSITION
CARDIO-RESPIRATORY FUNCTION
EXERCISE ENERGY METABOLISM
CARDIOVASCULAR-RESPIRATORY DYNAMICS DURING EXERCISE
NEUROBIOLOGY OF MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE
ADVANCED NUTRITION II
NUTRITION FOR FITNESS
Addtional Electives Chosen in Consultation with Advisor
Minimum Total Credit Hours:34
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Students who select the non-thesis option must take additional coursework to meet the minimum credit hours required for the degree.

Graduation Requirements

Only in rare instances does a student fulfill the educational and research expectations within the minimum credit-hour requirement for this degree. Any deficiencies for a doctoral academic preparation must be corrected very early in the approved academic program.