About This Program


Undergraduate Academic Prerequisites/Proficiencies

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.

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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.

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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.