Master of Science (MS) Program – Clinical Exercise Physiology

Program Overview

The Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology’s master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology provides students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and hands-on experiences in preventive and rehabilitative practices for patients with cardiopulmonary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal diseases as well as apparently healthy and low risk populations. Clinical exercise physiologists will act as a part of a multidisciplinary health care team that develops exercise recommendations, administers diagnostic tests, and provides guidance that promotes healthy lifestyles. The master’s degree will also help students prepare for the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) certified clinical exercise physiologist examination (CCEP), which focuses on cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation.

The program is small and personal. These experiences will culminate in a portfolio that will showcase the students’ knowledge and expertise in clinical exercise physiology. The Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology has state of the art exercise stress testing, body composition, lipid/glucose monitoring, bicycle ergometry and metabolic assessment equipment and highly trained faculty to support the Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Why University of Delaware?

  • 500+ hours of hands-on clinical experience working with a variety of patient populations
  • Internship sites are secured for students and schedules are provided on the first day
  • Program pays for the first attempt of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification Exam
  • CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training sponsored by the program
  • Small student cohorts allow for one on one faculty mentorship and training

Degree Requirements

Our classes provide the foundation for advanced study and the fundamental clinical knowledge that students will use professionally, regardless of future job title or function. This program offers core requirements are composed of 3 credits that must be completed by all students. The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration is designed to be a 12-month, non-thesis professional degree program. Students wishing to pursue research careers or doctoral degrees should choose to complete the thesis requirement in Exercise Physiology. Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology will have maintained a B average in the following courses:

  • Introduction to Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
  • Administration & Organization of Cardiopulmonary & Wellness Programs
  • Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Primary Preventive Medicine Strategies
  • Comprehensives, competencies portfolio, and a reoccurring internship.

Where are our students now?

  • University of Delaware – Masters Graduate Student
  • University of Tennessee – PhD Graduate Student
  • Old Dominion University – PhD Graduate Student
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore – Clinical Research Assistant
  • University of Maryland – Assistant Lacrosse Face Off Coach

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Local Clinical Affiliations

11%

Change in employment for exercise physiologist from 2014 to 2024

63%

Passing rate for ACSM CCEP Exam
(National Average 33%)

8:2

Student:Teacher Ratio

“”I loved being in the Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) program at the University of Delaware. My experiences with CEP program prepared me phenomenally well for my current position as a Ph.D. student. The coursework throughout the program helped me prepare for the responsibilities of teaching an Exercise Testing and Prescription class and my background with exercise counseling has provided me a new perspective to my research related to exercise behavior. I see great things coming out of this program in the future!” – Paula Ferrara, MS, CCEP

Brittany Overstreet

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • M.S., Ball State University
  • B.S., Salisbury University

Guy Scotolati

Instructor
Clinical Coordinator

Education:

  • M.S., West Chester University
  • B.A., University of Delaware