- Located in a state-of-the-art academic, athletic and fitness center
- Low student-to-faculty ratio means students receive individual attention and get to know their instructors and fellow classmates
- Outstanding faculty put teaching first, while also pursuing scholarly research and scientific writing
- Students have the chance to help community members reach their fitness goals through the SHAPE UP program.
Major: 44-56 credits
- The program requires students to complete an internship; students can choose a site that fits their interests and objectives.
- For guidance on securing internships, contact the department chair. Scholastica students have interned at a variety of sites, including Fairview Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, collegiate athletic programs and fitness centers.
The job outlook for exercise physiology is very positive. Upon graduating, students have secured good positions within healthcare facilities, university settings, and fitness and rehabilitation centers.
Students have also gone on to pursue graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training at Scholastica as well as other doctor of physical therapy programs within the Midwest.
Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:
- Analyze the underlying reasons, including biomechanical principles, for the involvement of specific nerves and muscles in human movement.
- Perform and evaluate the results of a variety of clinical assessments of different human populations (e.g., age, gender, athletes, chronic disease) and prescribe appropriate exercise protocols based clinical assessment results. Assessments include exercise test protocols, metabolic gas analysis, 12-lead ECGs, risk assessment, screening, energy expenditure, heart rate and blood pressure, anaerobic and aerobic fitness/capacity, flexibility and range of motion, muscular strength, body composition.
- Evaluate research articles with respect to research designs, statistical analyses, limitations, validity and reliability.
- Discuss nutritional requirements of different human populations (e.g., children, adults, elderly, athletes, chronic disease) and the use of supplements with respect to effectiveness, potential adverse effects and ethics.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and effective written and oral communication skills in academic and professional settings.