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ADULT FITNESS/ CARDIAC REHABILITATION

 

A 43-credit program leading to a master of science degree, Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation provides the necessary theoretical, laboratory, research, and clinical experiences for employment in adult fitness, corporate fitness, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings. Each year’s class (15 students) entering the four semester program — summer, fall, spring, summer — receives practical, hands-on experience in cooperation with area hospitals and clinics. In addition, students also participate in the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP) which provides adult fitness, Phase III and IV cardiac rehabilitation programming, and health and nutrition services to over 300 patients each week. Phase I and II cardiac rehabilitation experiences are attained in area hospitals. The required internship — three months during the last semester — presents opportunities for further experience in a student’s area of choice. The completion of a thesis project is required before the student is allowed to begin the internship.

 

Degree candidates typically have an undergraduate degree in physical education, fitness, exercise science, or other allied health related fields such as biology, health education, nursing, or physical therapy. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission. Application deadline is February 1 of each year.

Graduates are prepared to:

   —conduct graded exercise tests

   —design exercise programs for healthy and diseased populations

   —organize and administer adult fitness, corporate fitness, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs

 

Graduates are employed in:

   —colleges and universities

   —adult fitness centers (public, private, and corporate)

   —clinic, hospital, and “free standing” rehabilitation facilities

   —sports medicine centers

Prerequisites or their equivalent for admission into the program are:

 

 

 

 

Credits

ESS

205

Human Anatomy

3

ESS

206

Human Physiology

3

ESS

281

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

2

ESS

302

Physiology of Exercise

2

 

 

Category A — Research

(12 credits)

Credits

 

 

 

Credits

EFN

730

Introduction to Research

3

EFN

735

Interpretation of Statistical Data

3

ESS

799

Research: Master’s Thesis

6

 

 

Category B — Core Requirements

(31 credits)

 

 

 

Credits

ESS

744

Laboratory Techniques for Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation

3

ESS

770

Physiology of Activity

3

ESS

774

Clinical Practicum in Cardio-Pulmonary Rebabilitation

2

ESS

775

Practicum in Adult Fitness

2

ESS

776

Practicum in Phase III/IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

3

ESS

780

Philosophy and Organization of Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs

2

ESS

781

Program Leadership in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation

1

ESS

782

Electrocardiography

3

ESS

783

Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription

3

ESS

784

Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology

3

ESS

785

Internship: Adult Fitness/ Cardiac Rehabilitation

5

ESS

786

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits……..

43

 


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