The Exercise Physiology major prepares students for the application of exercise physiology in health and fitness, clinical diagnostics, rehabilitation, and performance settings. This program also prepares students for graduate programs in exercise physiology and health related disciplines. Students often pursue certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association to enhance employment opportunities. The program curriculum meets most admission requirements for the Physical Therapy program and is an integral part of the Athletic Training curriculum.
This degree includes a solid background in basic sciences to allow the student to develop an understanding of how the body responds and adapts to exercise stimuli. Students also develop the applied skills to evaluate physical fitness, and to design and administer population-appropriate exercise prescriptions.
An exercise physiologist applies these skills to meet the fitness needs of all populations, including clinical rehabilitation (cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation), general heath promotion and disease prevention (community and corporate fitness), and performance enhancement of an athletic population (strength and conditioning coaches).
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The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.
The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.
All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.
While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.