Clinical Exercise Physiology, MS

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This MS degree program is preparation for a career as a clinical exercise physiologist, someone who usually works in concert with medical professionals to guide exercise and rehabilitation programs for at-risk clients and clients with chronic diseases, and it provides the knowledge, clinical experience and skills needed by individuals preparing for successful completion of the registration examination for the registered clinical exercise physiologist certification.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the national association responsible for establishing guidelines and recommendations for exercise testing, prescription and evaluation of research for both healthy populations and those with chronic disease. The ACSM certification is deemed the organization's most prestigious credential for clinical professionals with a master's degree working with clients who are under the care of a physician for cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases as well as orthopedic or musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and neoplastic immunological or hematological diseases.

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Clinical Exercise Physiology, MS

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Earn your BS in Kinesiology and MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology quicker through our new 4+1 ACCELERATED DEGREE PROGRAM.

Now you have a streamlined path to your master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology immediately from the undergraduate Kinesiology program, reducing the time to get your master's degree from two years to one year. During your senior year in the College of Health Solutions, you will complete credit hours toward your master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Once you complete your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, you have just one year left of courses to earn your master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate graduate admissions application.

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GRE Waivers

GRE waivers for the MS in clinical exercise physiology program are approved on a case-by-case basis. Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing each applicant's background and relevant experience. To be considered for a GRE waiver, contact CHSgrad@asu.edu.

Certification and licensure

The College of Health Solutions prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit the ASU licensure website to determine if your program meets the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please contact your program director or degree coordinator.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, kinesiology or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. GRE scores
  4. letter of intent
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

A foreign language exam is not required.

All qualified applicants are admitted providing they have met all requirements for admission. Admission is not limited to any target number of students unless enrollment exceeds the projected capacity of the program to provide an adequate, quality program. In the case of space limitations, applicants are prioritized based on GRE scores, GPA, letters of reference and letter of intent for admission to the program.

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