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Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology Program Goals

1. Evaluate risk factors and implement exercise prescriptions for individuals who are apparently healthy, at moderate risk, or who have known disease.

2. Conduct and evaluate exercise and fitness assessments.

3. To prepare undergraduate Exercise Physiology students for entry level exercise physiology professions and related allied health careers or graduate level education.

4. To prepare undergraduate Exercise Physiology students for advanced professional certifications or licensures from nationally recognized organizations.

Exercise Physiology Program Objectives

Design and implement exercise prescriptions and programs in healthy and diseased populations.

Conduct and interpret common fitness and clinical exercise physiology tests

Recognize and interpret cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and metabolic changes that occur during exercise in healthy and diseased populations.

Develop safe and effective policies, procedures and guidelines for exercise programming using nationally recognized standards.

Develop cognitive and clinical skills related to exercise testing, exercise prescription and exercise programming.

Career Opportunities

Exercise physiology and related healthcare occupations are expected to make up 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations (the largest proportion of any occupational group).   Employment opportunities in fitness, healthcare and health-related industries are projected to increase 25-30% over the next decade, with more than 3 out of every 10 new jobs created in healthcare.  Fitness and recreation sports centers will provide many new jobs as these establishments become more common and continue to need trained professionals to care for their clients.  Employment growth will be driven by increasing demand for healthcare by an aging population and longer life expectancies, expanding the opportunity for physical and occupational therapists.

CAAHEP Accreditation

The Exercise Physiology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) ( Ohio Northern's Exercise Physiology program is one of only 14 Midwest Universities with this distinctive accreditation and one of four Ohio schools. CAAHEP accreditation ensures Exercise Physiology majors will have met vigorous national standards established by professional organizations. CAAHEP accredidation ensures you will have all the knowledge, skills and assessments to be successful upon graduation.   The Exercise Physiology curriculum also  prepares you for the NSCA's (National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)) national certification exam (  These standards ensure you will receive the most up to date and pertinent curriculum.

Exercise Physiology Program Graduates

95% (24/25) of the Exercise Physiology majors complete their degree in Exercise Physiology upon completion of their sophomore year.  The majority of our Exercise Physiology majors continue their education in graduate school.  90% of Exercise Physiology graduates applying to graduate school have been admitted to graduate programs. 

Exercise Physiology Graduate School Programs

  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Clinical exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Biomechanics and kinesiology
  • Public health
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Strength and conditioning

Other Exercise Physiology graduates have sought employment immediately upon graduation.  All of our Exercise Physiology graduates seeking employment after graduation find employment within one year. 

Exercise Physiology Occupational Opportunities

  • Personal trainers and exercise specialists
  • Strength and conditioning specialists
  • Health, fitness and wellness center directors
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Health promotion strategists