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Exercise Physiology

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Where foundational training and practical application flourish.

Exercise physiologists are trained on integrative, preventive medicine and health care practices to evaluate people in cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, neuromuscular integration and body composition.

They work to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease in healthy people or to provide therapeutic or functional benefits to those with known disease.

Exercise physiologists also develop exercise programs that increase people’s capacity to work and enjoy life.

Who You Are

Specially trained in human movement and physiology, exercise physiologists can work in clinical or performance settings and provide personalized health assessments, performance testing and exercise prescription to anyone from athletes to clinical populations.

Exercise physiologists are a critical part of a healthcare team dedicated to improving quality of life in patients and clients by prescribing appropriate, personalized exercise programs as preventative medicine and treatment. They increase long-term physical and social health and independence through individualized education, behavioral change and prevention strategies.

With the integration of preventive medicine into healthcare, employment opportunities are expanding and growing at a rate faster than the national average for educated Exercise Physiologists.

Whether your end goal is immediate employment or continued education, Exercise Physiology will give you opportunities to fine-tune your skills in areas such as communication, patient care and analytical and critical thinking.

Our Curriculum

Our unique, accredited curriculum prepares students for post-graduate studies or immediate employment. 

You can earn an area of emphasis, such as aquatic therapy, dance science or health professions, to enhance your learning experience and earn credit by assisting in research with animals or humans, working with clinical patients in the Human Performance Lab, or through global engagement and study abroad.

What You'll Do

You’ll learn from experts in their fields and participate in faculty led, hands-on interactive learning in human cadaver labs, clinical and performance testing, and exercise prescription for athletic and clinical populations.

Most exercise physiology graduates go on to pursue degrees in: Medical School, Dental School, Physician Assistant, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other graduate programs.

Our graduates find employment almost anywhere in the world. You will find our alumni working in Hospitals, Rehabilitation centers, Outpatient clinics, Corporate, community and commercial wellness and fitness centers, Nursing homes, Senior citizens centers, Research laboratories, and Academic settings.

Whether your end goal is immediate employment or continued education, Exercise Physiology will give you opportunities to fine-tune your skills in areas such as communication, patient care and analytical and critical thinking. Possessing these skills, completing the coursework and graduating from the School of Medicine will make you highly employable and prepared for your next step.

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Accreditation

West Virginia University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in April 2020 and will undergo its next comprehensive review in the 2028-2029 academic year. CAATE accreditation allows students to be eligible to sit for the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam and earn the credential of certified athletic trainer.