They have similar names, but clinical exercise physiology and exercise physiology represent two different areas of study.
Clinical exercise physiology prepares students to work with individuals to prevent disease or to work with those who have a chronic disease condition that may benefit from exercise training and lifestyle interventions. Clinical exercise physiologist can choose to be practitioners or focus on clinically-oriented research. (Interested in clinical exercise physiology? We offer a program at the master’s level.)
Exercise physiology focuses on basic and applied research. More than 90 percent of Springfield College graduates at the master’s level go on to pursue a doctoral degree and others have gone on to medical school. From our doctoral exercise physiology program, all students who have graduated have gone on to pursue a degree in higher education. (Excited about exercise physiology? We have a master’s and doctoral program.)