Clinical Exercise Physiology

Master’s Program Description

The purpose of this program is to give students the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and competencies in Exercise Physiology. Clinical Exercise Physiologists practice in hospitals, clinics and wellness centers as part of a health care team that administers tests and develops programs of exercise, counseling, and education for patients with cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal diseases. Clinical Exercise Physiologists may also practice in health-promotion programs with populations that are apparently healthy or low-risk. This program offers core requirements that must be completed by all students, and elective courses that permit the student to choose between a Rehabilitative Emphasis and a Preventive Emphasis (health promotion).

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist Specialization is designed to be a 2-year, non-thesis program. Students wishing to pursue research careers or doctoral degrees may choose to complete the thesis requirements in Exercise Physiology (MS).

Program Requirements

  • 12 Semester hours of major coursework in Concentration Courses
  • 5 Semester hours Graduate Internship in Area of Specialization
  • 17 Semester hours minimum in adviser-approved Elective Courses
  • 34 Total hours minimum for graduation


  • HLP 6535 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • APK 5127 Assessment in Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • APK 6116C Physiological Bases of Exercise & Sport Sciences (3 credits)
  • APK 6126 Cardiopulmonary Pathologies (3 credits)
  • PET 6947 Graduate Internship in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (5 credits) – 40 hr/wk internship in students’ area of specialization.

Elective Courses

  • HLP 6515 Evaluation Procedures (3 credits)
  • PET 5936 Current Topics in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • APK 6405 Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
  • APK 6410 Seminar in Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
  • APK 6106 Clinical Anatomy for the Exercise Sciences (3 credits)
  • APK 6226C Biomechanics of Human Motion (3 credits)
  • APK 6128 EKG Interpretation (3 credits)
  • APK 6115 Neuromuscular Adaptations to Exercise (3 credits)
  • PET 6476 Management/Leadership (3 credits)
  • APK 6130 Human Pathophysiology for the Exercise Sciences (3 credits)
  • PET 6905 Directed Independent Study (1-5 credits)
  • APK 6940 Advanced Practicum in Area of Specialization (1-3 credits)
  • APK 7107 Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • APK 7117 Exercise Metabolism (3 credits)

NOTE: 1000-4000 level courses within the department and 1000-2000 level courses outside the department are not eligible to count toward the graduate degree requirements.

Comprehensive Final Examination

Prior to graduating, each student must complete a written final examination administered by their supervisory committee to show proficiency in their area of concentration.

Recommended Prerequisites

NOTE: These courses DO NOT count toward your graduate degree program.

  • Integrated Principles of Biology (at U.F. BSC 2010)
  • General Chemistry (at U.F. CHM 2045)
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (at U.F. HUN 2201)
  • Applied Human Anatomy (at U.F. APK 2100C)
  • Applied Human Physiology (at U.F. APK 2105C)
  • Physiology of Exercise and Training (at U.F. APK 3110C)
  • Exercise Prescription & Testing (at U.F. APK 4125C)
  • General Psychology (at U.F. PSY 2012)

Faculty Advisers

The following Graduate Faculty members advise for this specialization (profiles will open in a new window):