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The clinical exercise physiology (CEP) concentration prepares students to be competent entry-level clinical exercise physiologists. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their education, either in a related allied health profession or to conduct clinically focused research. Students take courses that cover varied aspects of the field of clinical exercise physiology. Embedded in the curriculum are the job task analysis items required to prepare students for ACSM clinical exercise physiologist certification. All students within the CEP track are required to complete 600 hrs of clinical internships spread primarily between cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic and musculoskeletal areas. Students have the option of either completing a thesis or an independent study, both of which focus on clinically relevant topics. 

Clinical exercise physiology is studied by students with varied undergraduate backgrounds, including biological sciences, exercise science, physical education, and nursing. Our concentration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Professionals and is one of a small number of clinical exercise physiology programs accredited in the United States.

Students work with a student athlete in a lab.
Why Clinical Exercise Physiology?

The clinical exercise physiology (CEP) track focuses on the use of exercise testing and training in persons with or at high risk of acquiring a chronic non-communicable disease. The curriculum in the program is designed to prepare students to take and pass the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiology certification. Students who graduate from this track are also prepared to pursue advanced studies in health-related fields or a doctorate in the CEP field.

Defining Our Programs

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Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall and spring terms only.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

GRE

*Please note: The GRE requirement for the Clinical Exercise Physiology track is waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

This program requires the GRE.

The Springfield College GRE code is 3763.

You will be able to input your scores on your application, but please make sure your official scores are submitted.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

I. Major Program Requirements (13-18 credits)

A. Core requirements (6 credits)

B. Research requirements (3 credits)

C. Thesis Track (9 credits)

D. Independent Study Track (4 credits)

A. Clinical Exercise Physiology Requirements (21 credits)

The Clinical Exercise Physiology program is CAAHEP accredited. The objectives of the Clinical Exercise Physiology track within the Exercise Physiology Program are as follows:

1. To prepare individuals to be competent entry level clinical exercise physiologist (i.e., practitioners)
2. To equip students with the knowledge and skills to further their education either in the medical field or to become clinical researchers

All students within this track are required to complete 600 hrs of internships accumulated by working in different settings including cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal etc. The program is designed to prepare students for the ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist exam.

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost for Thesis Track (39 credits) $43,095
Approximate total cost for Independent Study (34 credits) $37,570
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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Accreditation

This is the only program in Massachusetts accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), as well as being one of only six CAAHEP accredited programs in the United States.

Beginning in August 2027, All ACSM-EP and ACSM-CEP candidates must have a bachelor's degree (or higher) in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology from a regionally accredited college or university that is also programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).