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Clinical Exercise Physiology

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Clinical Exercise Physiology
A clinical exercise physiologist (CEP) is a healthcare professional who is trained to work with patients with chronic diseases where exercise training has been shown to be of therapeutic benefit, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and metabolic disorders.

Exercise physiology professionals often have the responsibility of conditioning a person to a higher level of fitness and/or health while, at the same time, being aware of safety issues (risk of injury, illness, environmental exposure, etc.) associated with a single session of exercise.

What is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Job Settings
Income and Pay Range
Responsibilities Cont.
VO2 Max Test
Checking Blood Pressure
Body Fat Measurement
Minimum of Master's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology - at least two graduate level courses must cover exercise physiology, and clinical exercise testing, exercise prescription, exercise training and clinical assessment

Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certified (with hands-on practical skills component)

600 hours of preceptor-supervised clinical experience

Submission and acceptance of RCEP Application

Clinical exercise positions nearly always require a bachelor’s degree and often require a master’s. Even when a master’s degree is not required for an entry-level position, it usually results in a higher salary and may be very helpful in terms of advancing to a supervisory position. In addition to the coursework that will be later mentioned, clinical exercise professionals need a working knowledge of pathophysiology, medications, and exercise testing and prescription for chronically-diseased individuals.
Education and Requirements
CEPs are most commonly found in doctor’s offices, hospitals and medical (or other) fitness facilities. They may work in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, industrial rehabilitation, stress testing departments or health education settings (such as employee or community wellness programs, or diabetes centers, etc.) Cancer rehabilitation programs and bariatric clinics or exercise programs dealing with other chronic diseases.

CEPs may work independently, but many times work as a team with other health professionals including dietitians, social workers, physicians and nurses.

Traditionally, exercise physiologists worked and studied only with athletes to improve performance. Today, however, exercise physiologists also work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to increase health, fitness, and quality of life of the general population.

Requirements for
Grand Valley State University
What is Clinical Exercise Physiology
Clinical Exercise Physiology is a relatively new career field that has only been around since the late 1960s. It is found within the healthcare realm, primarily in medical settings, where exercise is used to help clients manage or reduce their risk of chronic disease. It is an exciting and growing profession that has recently been organized on the national level, recognized by the federal government and defined as an occupation.

Exercise physiology is a sub-discipline of Kinesiology that addresses:

1) the short-term biological responses to the stress of physical activity and
2) how the body adapts to repeated bouts of physical activity over time.

GVSU Requirements Cont.
Clinical Exercise Physiologist administer cardiopulmonary exercise tests, fitness testing, implement and deliver cardiovascular conditioning.

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists (RCEP) are responsible for developing and directing clinical exercise programs and working with a physician who has overall control of the patients rehabilitation program.
They also are responsible for the administration of the rehabilitation center and education of the cardiac rehabilitation staff and is also engaged in research.
Income & Pay Range Cont.
Ebonee, Natalie, & Chris
Organizations & Certifications
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
American College of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
American Kinesiology Association

Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
The Exercise is Medicine Credential
-initiated to promote exercise as a health strategy for the general public and to promote a collaboration between health care providers and exercise professionals.

Fall Semester – Year One (Credits) Winter Semester – Year One (Credits)
BIO 120 General Biology (Gen. Ed. – LSL) (4) BMS 208 Human Anatomy (3)
CHM 109 Intro. Chemistry (Gen. Ed. – PSL) (4) CHM 231 Introductory Organic Chemistry (4)
MTH 110 Algebra (4) PSY 101 Introductory Psychology (Gen. Ed. – SBS) (3)
MOV 101 Foundation of Human Move. Sci. (3) WRT 150 Strategies in Writing (Gen. Ed. – W) (4)
Total Credits: 15 Gen. Ed. (3)
Total Credits: 17

Fall Semester – Year Two (Credits) Winter Semester – Year Two (Credits)
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry (4) BMS 105 Basic Nutrition (3)
STA 215 Intro. Applied Statistics (Gen. Ed. – M) (3) MOV 304 Intro. to Exercise Physiology (3)
BMS 290 Human Physiology (3) MOV 217 Modern Principles of Athletic Training (2)
BMS 291 Human Physiology Lab (1) MOV 218 Athletic Training Lab (1)
Gen. Ed. (3) MOV 309 Measurement and Evaluation (2)
Total Credits: 14 PHY 200 Physics for Life Sciences (4)
Total Credits: 15

Spring Semester – Year Three (Credits) Summer Semester – Year Three (Credits)
Gen. Ed. (3) Gen. Ed. (3)
Total Credits: 3 Total Credits: 3

Fall Semester – Year Three (Credits) Winter Semester – Year Three (Credits)
Elective for BMS 306 Advanced Human Nutrition (3) Elective for BMS 415 Nutrition & Physical Perf. (3)
MOV 300 Kinesiology (3) MOV 420 Lab Practicum (2)
MOV 320 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3) PSY 310 Behavior Modification (3)
MOV 321 Exercise Testing Lab (1) MOV 102 First Aid (2)
MOV 365 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3) Gen. Ed. (3)
Gen. Ed. (3) Gen. Ed. (3)
Total Credits: 16 Total Credits: 16

Fall Semester – Year Four (Credits) Winter Semester – Year Four (Credits)
MOV 470 Exercise for Special Populations (3) MOV 490 Internship (6-12)
MOV 475 Fieldwork (2) Total Credits: 6-12
MOV 495 Professionalism in Exercise Sci.7 (SWS) (3)
Issue #1 (3)
Issue #2 (3)
Total Credits: 14

University graduation requirements
 Earn 120 credit hours – 58 credit hours at 4-yr institution and last 30 credit hours at GVSU;
 Complete two supplemental writing skills (SWS) courses after WRT 150;
 Complete two Issues courses.

Suggested M.S. graduate programs:
 Exercise Science/Exercise and Sports Medicine  Kinesiology
 Exercise Physiology/Clinical Exercise Physiology  Biomechanics
 Orthotics & Prosthetics  Sports Psychology
 Dietetics  Public Health
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