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Exercise Physiology

PRE-PT AND PRE-OT TRACK CHANGE LIVES FOR THE BETTER. EVERY DAY. BECOME A PHYSICAL OR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. BECOME A TRAINED EXERCISE PROFESSIONAL. YOU’LL HELP PEOPLE OVERCOME PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS AND REGAIN MOBILITY. MAJOR IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AT ONU, AND TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARD THIS REWARDING CAREER.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

As an exercise physiology major, you can choose a pre-professional track in physical therapy or occupational therapy.  With this track, you’ll study how exercise alters the structure and function of the human body. But you’ll also take additional coursework to prepare you for a doctoral program in PT or OT.

Physical and occupational therapists are in high demand across the nation. To become a licensed PT/OT therapist, however, you need to obtain a doctorate. Most doctoral programs require you to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field—like exercise physiology— from an accredited university. 

Doctoral PT/OT programs are competitive and rigorous. At ONU, we not only help you get accepted into the school of your choice, we help you excel once you’re there. 

And, if PT/OT is not the route you want to take, there’s always the fitness aspect of exercise physiology where you can play an important role in health care by establishing exercise, fitness and rehabilitative prescriptions, standards and priorities.

Here, you’ll receive a solid foundation in the basic and applied sciences, including physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, health and fitness, exercise and medicine. You’ll gain clinical experience and confidence working with patients in the real world. And, you’ll learn to communicate, problem solve, collaborate and lead. 

From day one, you’ll be part of our family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you every step of the way on you journey to becoming a physical or occupational therapist.

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

A “WISE” MOVE

Be wise and keep your professors healthy! ONU Heathwise is a unique program for faculty and staff that fosters health and wellness through screenings, monitoring of chronic conditions and education. Exercise physiology students are involved in the program at every level. They design exercise regimens for individual patients and educate the campus on the importance of physical fitness. A program with a proven track record of success, Healthwise is an impressive addition to your résumé.

BE STRATEGIC

As an exercise physiology major, you’ll need to complete at least one internship. We’ll help you land a strategic internship geared toward your future. Our exercise physiology students have interned at many local corporations, hospitals, and fitness centers, including The Cleveland Clinic, The OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention, The Ohio State University Athletic Department, The University of Findlay Athletic Department, Lifestyles at Akron General Hospital, Concord Therapy and Kids Therapy, Cross Fit, Orthopedic and Physical Therapy facilities, Sports Training facilities, Health and Fitness facilities, Personal Training facilities, and YMCA’s.



Alyssa Reiter

THINK SUCCESS

ALYSSA (REITER) FAETH BS WITH A MAJOR IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (CLINICAL/RESEARCH CONCENTRATION) ’12

“ONU allowed me to be well-rounded and gave me opportunities to build relationships that will last a lifetime. I feel lucky to have had such great professors, mentors and friends to support me and teach me what I was best suited for in my professional path. Having exercise physiology as a foundation for PT school made the first year much easier for me. I spent less time learning new information and more time building on my foundation and connecting dots,” she says. “I enjoy being able to impact lives through education and exercise. We have a rare opportunity to reach people on a different level and make a difference in their lives, no matter what challenge, pain or injury they face.”

Alyssa Reiter knows that exercise has a powerful impact on quality of life. At ONU, she majored in exercise physiology while running varsity track and serving as an officer for several student organizations, including the Health Performance and Sport Science Club. She also volunteered with ONU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and worked in the campus library. She recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • ONU is one of only 14 undergraduate exercise science programs in the U.S., and the only program in Ohio, to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. 
  • Our exercise physiology program contains student-lead personal training, disease state management opportunities and involvement in faculty research. 
  • In the last five years, 90 percent of our exercise physiology students who applied to graduate school were accepted within three months of graduation. 
  • On average, 70-75 % of graduates pursue post-graduate allied health degrees such as physical therapy and occupational therapy occupation. 

 

COURSES

All Exercise Physiology majors take a core group of 46 credits to fulfill CAAHEP accreditation requirements.  Students then choose 1 of 2 concentrations.   The Clinical/Research concentration requires and additional 16 credit hours and prepares students for graduate Allied Health programs such as physical or occupational therapy.  The Personal Training/Corporate Fitness concentration requires and additional 9 credit hours and prepares students for the health and fitness industry. Courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Chronic Disease
  • ECG Analysis and Personal Training
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • Strength and Conditioning

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist (graduate degree required)
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Personal Trainer or Fitness Specialist
  • Manager of corporate wellness program
  • Strength coach for university or professional sports teams

 

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Grad Schools include The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, St. Louis University, The University of Toledo, Walsh University, University of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University, Andrews University, Gannon University.

Jobs include  The OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention, Orion Physical Therapy Specialists, Anytime Fitness, YMCA’s, Urban Active/LA Fitness Centers, Northern Performance Training, Lifestyles at Akron General