What is Exercise Physiology at WVU like?
We offer the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree, master's degree and PhD in Exercise Physiology.
The BS in Exercise Physiology is a preparatory program for graduate or professional school. Graduates continue their education in areas such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, occupational therapy and exercise physiology. The program is designed to provide a strong background in basic and clinical science and exercise physiology, and includes courses in human cadaver anatomy, human physiology, kinesiology, clinical laboratory sciences, clinical applications to health and disease, and nutrition.
Exercise physiologists are trained to evaluate people in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, respiratory function, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, neuromuscular integration and body composition. They are also trained to assess medical needs and conditions and provide exercise programs, based on the results of these evaluations, that increase the functional capacity of the participants and patients.
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Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
Students interested in physical therapy or clinical exercise physiology will improve their clinical skills and increase the opportunities for job placement with training as an aquatic therapist. This unique area of emphasis helps students prepare to sit for the National Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Exam.
Students who intend to pursue physical therapy, occupational therapy or a physician assistant program will find this area of emphasis will prepare them well.
Students who wish to apply to professional school (i.e., medicine, dentistry, pharmacy) will find this area of emphasis extremely helpful in their preparations. In addition to standard biology and chemistry courses, the area of emphasis includes courses in biochemistry, pathophysiology, and clinical and/or research internships.