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A 38-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 200 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.

This degree program will meet the needs of the physical education or exercise science major or minor as well as the non-physical education major or minor who will normally have an undergraduate minor in biology, health, nursing, physical therapy, or other allied health/exercise science areas. 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:
ESS 205 Human Anatomy 3 credits
ESS 206 Human Physiology 3 credits
ESS 281 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 2 credits
ESS 302 Physiology of Exercise 2 credits

Category A -- Research
(12 credits)
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3 credits
ESS 799 Research: Master's Thesis 6 credits

Category B -- Core Requirements
(26 credits)
ESS 744 Laboratory Techniques for Adult Fitness -- Cardiac Rehabilitation 3 credits
ESS 770 Physiology of Activity credits
ESS 780 Organization and Administration of Adult Fitness -- Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs 3 credits
ESS 781 Principles and Techniques of Physical Activity for the Adult 1 credit
ESS 782 Electrocardiography 3 credits
ESS 783 Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription 3 credits
ESS 784 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology 3 credits
ESS 785 Internship: Adult Fitness -- Cardiac Rehabilitation 5 credits
ESS 786 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1 credit
ESS 791 Cardiac Clinical Practicum 1 credit

`Total Credits 38

This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

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