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Exercise Physiology


Exercise physiology programs focus on the physiology of physical activity. Some programs are called kinesiology.

Exercise physiology programs teach people about body mechanics. Students study healthy or impaired responses. They study the effects of injury and illness on the body.

Exercise physiology programs include topics such as:


Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in exercise physiology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

Exercise physiologists work with people of all ages and abilities. This includes athletes, older people, and people with physical disabilities.

Most people with a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology go on to graduate school. Many study in the same field or earn a degree in physical therapy, medicine, or physiology.

Many people with graduate degrees in exercise physiology choose to become certified. You must graduate from an approved program, gather a minimum number of hours of work experience, and pass an exam to become a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.


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