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Graduate Program in Clinical Exercise Physiology Curriculum Overview

This 33- to 36-credit hour concentration leads to a Master of Science degree with a major in kinesiology and a concentration in clinical exercise physiology. The program is designed to prepare students to work with clients with a variety of pathological or clinical disorders. Clients may include those with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, immunological, inflammatory, orthopedic, and neuromuscular disorders. Other clients may include persons from geriatric, pediatric or obstetric populations.

Students may select either the thesis or non-thesis option and will be prepared to pursue a doctoral degree in a related field or to work in hospital-based and community wellness programs, as well as other clinical settings. Program goals were developed in conjunction with the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as essential for preparation as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration Requirements

Courses Credit Hours
Core Classes 18
KIN 540-Clinical Exercise Physiology I 3
KIN 640-Clinical Exercise Physiology II 3
For Thesis Track:
MATH 522- Statistics
KIN 700 – Thesis
33 Total credits
For Non-Thesis Track:
KIN 681-Internship OR KIN 697-Directed Research
36 Total credits

For more information about the exercise physiology program, contact Dr. Nicholas Luden at ludennd@jmu.edu.

Example Electives

  • KIN 547. Principles and Strategies of Athletic Development – 3
  • KIN 643. Environmental Exercise Physiology - 3
  • HTH 552. Strategies for Health Change - 3
  • NUTR 545. Nutrition and Exercise - 3
  • NUTR 582. Nutrition and Metabolism - 3
  • NUTR 655. Integrated Nutrition - 3
  • PYSC 515. Basic Counseling Skills - 3
  • SCOM 680. Special Topics in Health Communication - 3

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