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Exercise Physiology

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Stephen Alway
phone: 304-293-7767

program contact

Stephen Alway
phone: 304-293-7767

Program Details

Program Description

The Exercise Physiology Program in West Virginia University's School of Medicine provides students with the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of science degree, a master of science degree, and a PhD in this field of study.

The bachelor of science program in exercise physiology is a preparatory program for graduate or professional school. Graduates continue their education in areas such as exercise physiology, physical therapy, dentistry, pharmacy, or medicine. The program is designed to provide a background in basic science and exercise physiology, and includes courses in nutrition, athletic training, first aid and emergency care, and business.

Exercise physiologists are trained to evaluate people in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, neuromuscular integration, and body composition. They are also trained to provide exercise programs, based on the results of these evaluations, that increase the functional capacity of the participants. Those with a PhD are trained to be independent investigators in exercise science.

Career Profile

Exercise physiologists work with athletes, patients, or healthy participants in the area of disease prevention in wellness programs or rehabilitation in hospital settings. An individual interested in exercise physiology may be employed in community organizations, commerce and industry, rehabilitation programs, and competitive sports programs. Graduates are usually employed as personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and/or wellness coordinators.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Exercise Physiology curriculum has been endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine.