Curriculum

Students must successfully complete 43 credit hours to receive the CEP M.S. degree. The program is designed as a 12-month (one summer, one fall, and one spring semester) full-time on-campus experience, followed by a 3-month off-campus internship. Part-time students are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

The program starts in early-June of each year with one week of orientation to the policies and procedures of the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program. Summer school classes start the following week.

All CEP students MUST complete a thesis. There is no non-thesis option in the CEP program. The thesis must be completed before a student can start the required internship. A listing of prerequisites and required courses is presented below.

Although not part of the required curriculum, all students are prepared for and strongly encouraged to become ACSM certified at the Clinical Exercise Specialist or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist level at the conclusion of their internship.

PREREQUISITES (students can be admitted with deficiencies or take a proficiency examination in lieu of the courses listed below)

  Human Anatomy (3 cr.)   (UW-L ESS 205)
Human Physiology (3 cr.) (UW-L ESS 206)
Physiology of Exercise (2 cr.) (UW-L ESS 302)
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.) (UW-L ESS 281)

REQUIRED COURSES

  EFN 730   Introduction to Research   3 credits
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3 credits
EFN 744 Laboratory Techniques in Clinical Exercise Physiology 3 credits
ESS 770 Physiology of Activity 3 credits
ESS 774 Clinical Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 2 credits
ESS 775 Practicum in Adult Fitness 2 credits
ESS 776 Practicum in Phase III/IV Cardiac Rehabilitation 3 credits
ESS 780 Philosophy and Organization of Preventative and Rehabilitation Programs 2 credits
ESS 781 Fundamentals of Program Leadership in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation 1 credit
ESS 782 Electrocardiography 3 credits
ESS 783 Methods and Procedures of Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription 3 credits
ESS 784 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology 3 credits
ESS 785 Internship: Clinical Exercise Physiology 5 credits
ESS 786 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1 credit
ESS 799 Research: Master’s Thesis 6 credits
    43 credits

CLASS SEQUENCE

First Summer

ESS 781: Fundamentals of Program Leadership in AF/CR
ESS 782: Electrocardiography
EFN 730: Introduction to Research

Fall

ESS 770: Physiology of Activity
ESS 744: Laboratory Techniques in Clinical Exercise Physiology
EFN 735: Interpretation of Statistical Data
ESS 774: Clinical Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
ESS 775: Practicum in Adult Fitness
ESS 786: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Spring

ESS 784: Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology
ESS 783: Methods and Procedures of Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription
ESS 780: Philosophy and Organization of Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs
ESS 776: Practicum in Phase III/IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

Second Summer

ESS 785: Internship in Clinical Exercise Physiology

**The M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology requires the completion of a thesis (ESS 799: 6 credits). These credits are usually split equally between the fall and spring semesters.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  ESS 744   Laboratory Techniques in Clinical Exercise Physiology   3 credits
  Students learn to administer laboratory procedures for determining the health and fitness status of healthy and diseased populations.  
      
ESS 770 Physiology of Activity 3 credits
  Designed to provide the student with a general overview of the physiological basis of activity with an emphasis on those factors affecting performance in healthy & aging individuals.  
      
ESS 774 Clinical Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 2 credits
  This course is designed to provide hands-on experiences in Phases I and II cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and cardiac related co-morbidities in local hospitals. Additional activities will include one or two "regional" field trips to observe existing programs in progress.  
      
ESS 775 Practicum in Adult Fitness 2 credits
  This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in exercise prescription, exercise leadership, and patient counseling in fitness programs for apparently healthy adults.  
      
ESS 776 Practicum in Phase III/IV Cardiac Rehabilitation 3 credits
  This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in exercise prescription, exercise leadership, and patient counseling in Phase III/IV cardiac rehabilitation patients.  
      
ESS 780 Philosophy and Organization of Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs 2 credits
  This course focuses on the historical background, documented benefits, and organizational issues in both conventional and innovative approaches to prevention and rehabilitation programs.  
      
ESS 781 Fundamentals of Program Leadership in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation 1 credit
  This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and competencies needed to operate effectively in preventative or rehabilitative exercise programs for adults. Selected topics include: exercise prescription, weight training for normal and cardiac populations, effective exercise leadership, care and treatment of common injuries, and motivational techniques.  
      
ESS 782 Electrocardiography 3 credits
  The course is designed to teach the student how to interpret normal and abnormal resting and exercise 12-lead EKGs. Involves extensive reading of actual EKG tracings.  
      
ESS 783 Methods and Procedures of Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription 3 credits
  Designed to acquaint student with the methods, procedures, and techniques of diagnostic and functional graded exercise testing as well as prescribing exercise for a variety of populations. A primary objective of the class is to prepare students for the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification.  
      
ESS 784 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology 3 credits
  The course covers advanced principles and concepts regarding cardiovascular physiology, examining in detail the various parameters of the cardiovascular system, the implication of disease and structural abnormalities to those parameters, and the relationship of resting cardiovascular data to exercise data.  
      
ESS 785 Internship: Clinical Exercise Physiology 5 credits
  Designed to provide the student with work experiences in a clinical, corporate, or institutional environment. The internship must be three months in duration and all course work, including the thesis requirement, must be completed prior to beginning the internship.  
      
ESS 786 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1 credit
  An in-depth study of the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance in emergency cardiac situations. Successful completion of the course results in the student being ACLS certified.  
      
EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
  This course helps students explore and understand the various types of research and learn how to design valid research protocols. A major goal of the course is to complete a thesis proposal.  
      
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3 credits
  The course is designed to help the student understand statistical data presented in the literature and to analyze data typically collected in the exercise sciences.  
      
ESS 799 Research: Master’s Thesis 6 credits
  The thesis is designed to integrate the acquired skills and knowledge in research design and statistical analysis. Students work with a faculty advisor to design and complete a research project in an area of mutual interest.