As a student in exercise physiology, you’ll study how exercise alters the structure and function of the human body. You’ll receive a solid foundation in the basic and applied sciences and delve into physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, strength and conditioning, and allied health.
Practical, hands-on experience is woven into our program. Our professors and network of alumni will open doors to incredible opportunities in the field. Our students not only work directly with the coaches and athletes in ONU’s athletic department, but also land internships at places like the Cleveland Clinic, Akron General Hospital and the Ohio State University Department of Athletics.
From day one, you’ll be part of our family. You’ll enjoy small classes, a safe campus and lasting friendships. Our supportive professors will get to know you. They’ll guide you every step of the way as you make decisions about your future.
Our program gives you the flexibility to explore your interests and to change your mind. You don’t have to be 100 percent certain about your future plans. We designed our curriculum to be relevant to many different professional careers. You can choose between two different concentrations: Clinical and Rehabilitative Sciences and Strength and Conditioning / Human Performance.
CLINICAL AND REHABILITATIVE SCIENCES
This concentration balances coursework with applied learning (internships and required observational hours) and will prepare you for a variety of allied health professions, including exercise physiology or athletic training. Many of our graduates use this concentration to pursue advanced professional degrees in physical or occupational therapy. Students who know they want to become an athletic trainer can apply for the 3+2 Master of Athletic Training affiliation with the University of Findlay. This five-year program involves three years at ONU to receive a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and then two years at the University of Findlay for a Master
of Science in athletic training.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING / HUMAN PERFORMANCE
This concentration offers a challenging curriculum that includes practical and hands-on experience and prepares you for graduate school or a variety of professional careers, including cardiac rehabilitation, corporate or public fitness, or working with a collegiate or professional athletic team. Through a combination of our challenging curriculum and your own hard work, you’ll be prepared to sit for national certification exams like those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Certification will set you apart from the competition by ensuring you meet rigorous national standards of practice.
LINDSEY INKROTT, BS ’16
It was a great choice for me because of the small setting, friendly atmosphere and numerous opportunities for growth.
Lindsey recently received her master’s degree in exercise physiology from Eastern Michigan University and looks forward to a career in cardiac rehabilitation in a hospital setting. She loves helping people change their lives for the better and working with elderly patients who often share their wisdom and life lessons with her. She describes ONU’s exercise physiology programs as her home away from home.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Our exercise physiology program is nationally recognized for its academic quality and rigor. It’s one of only six in Ohio, and one of 56 nationally, to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
- Our strength and conditioning concentration is one of seven in Ohio to be recognized by the NSCA as an Education Recognition Program.
- Our students enjoy a greater than 90 percent acceptance rate into allied health graduate programs and professional programs.
Exercise physiology majors take a core group of 60 credit hours to fulfill CAAHEP accreditation requirements. Students then choose a concentration – either Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences or Strength and Conditioning/Human Performance – that requires an additional 18 credit hours. Courses include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Exercise Physiology
- ECG Analysis and Personal Training
- Exercise Testing and Prescription
- Strength and Conditioning
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
- Physical or Occupational Therapist
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation professional
- Strength and Conditioning professional
- Personal Trainer or Fitness professional
- Manager of corporate wellness program
- Strength coach for university or professional sports team
Our students have attended graduate schools such as Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Dayton. They’ve launched careers at the OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention, Orion Physical Therapy Specialists, Anytime Fitness, YMCAs, Urban Active/LA Fitness Centers, and Lifestyles at Akron General.