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Master of Science

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Online & On Campus
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Exercise your talents to help others achieve better health and fitness

33 Credit, 12-Month Program

Exercise physiology involves using exercise to help people improve physical and mental health and fitness, prevent or treat chronic diseases and disabilities and guide athletes and others in athletics and sports training and performance. Tiffin University’s Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology prepares you for a career in this fascinating field, which is expanding rapidly, in part, because of America’s aging population.

Tiffin University’s M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology program is an in-depth study, exploring a broad range of topics in the field of exercise physiology. Faculty, who bring advanced exercise physiology expertise, teach classes using the latest scientific knowledge, while also teaching students how to apply the scientific knowledge to the body’s physiological responses to exercise, the role of regular physical activity in maintaining health and wellness, and the chronic health conditions that are associated with physical inactivity (e.g., heart disease, diabetes and obesity). Classes are taught interactively to showcase how the scientific information is applied to different conditions.

The M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology program offers opportunities to earn certifications as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine and as a Certified Special Populations Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. You’ll have the ability to earn these certifications as part of the required program curriculum.

Students who earn M.S. degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology enjoy a wide range of career options in private, corporate and public health settings, as well as prerequisites for future doctoral study.

Professional exercise physiology Training
  • Our new, state-of-the-art Exercise Science Lab provides valuable hands-on practice.
  • Faculty work one-on-one with you in lab classes to support high-level learning.
  • Faculty will mentor, providing individual guidance for academics, career and success.
  • Two hands-on practicums allow you to work/observe in a clinical setting.
  • A required professional internship provides real-world clinical experience.
  • Earn two national certifications while learning in courses and labs.
  • The hybrid (on campus & online) format consists of two 7-week terms per semester starting in August; in-person classes are held on weekday evenings.

The best education programs link knowledge to professional practice to prepare students to succeed in the real world. In Tiffin University’s exercise physiology program, our faculty bring years of experience in the fields of clinical exercise physiology, exercise science and research science. Having these professional experiences allows faculty to tailor curriculum to mirror a wide variety of professional practices within the field.

Our real world-based program has required lab activities that you’ll perform with clients in professional positions. All laboratory activities associated with the following courses emphasize the instruction of skills necessary for professional practice: Advanced Exercise Physiology, Exercise for Special Populations, and Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription. Besides the lab activities, you’ll be required to complete two hands-on practicums as well as a professional internship.

While acquiring knowledge and skills in your courses and labs, you’ll also earn national certifications – as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine and as a Certified Special Populations Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Other institutions do not build certifications into the curriculum. These are distinguishing factors that put Tiffin University’s graduates ahead of other job applicants.

In Tiffin University’s new Exercise Science Lab, you’ll gain extensive hands-on training. You’ll use the latest equipment and software and complete assessments in a state-of-the-art, 2,800 square-foot facility designed to enhance the teaching and training of clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology. In the lab, you’ll gain firsthand experience in the applied aspects of exercise/sport physiology, human performance, and fitness testing. The lab also will help you prepare and earn national certifications in exercise testing and prescription for healthy and clinical populations.


Experiential learning is an integral part of the M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology degree. As part of an active, hands-on, professional study, you will:

  • Work in groups, exploring the field’s most current literature and finding solutions to address real-world problems.
  • Help conduct health-fitness screenings and exercise counseling/education for the university community.
  • Engage in “practical assessments” and/or “mock” professional laboratory assignments in our state-of-the-art Exercise Science Lab.
  • Participate in two practicum courses in which you’ll work/observe in a clinical setting.
  • Take part in a required professional internship, which you’ll complete in a clinical setting.

On Campus – Seven-week semester format, starting in August 2023


Exercise for Special Populations and Lab (CEP665) – This course is designed to apply theoretical knowledge in the areas of basic pathophysiology and science of health status, condition, disorder or disease, client consultation, program planning, safety, emergency procedures, and legal issues. These topics are relevant for working with special population clients of all ages. Emphasis will be placed on the successful completion of the National Strength and Conditioning Certified Special Population Specialist examination.

Applied Statistics for Data Analytics (DAX521) – This course will explore techniques to analyze data, produce graphical illustrations and draw conclusions using statistical, data analysis and visualization software packages. Focusing on the central tendency, data exploration and analytics, probability distributions and random variables, students will compare and contrast the basics of statistical inference, testing hypothesis and building confidence intervals, correlation and causation, and simple and multiple regression analysis.

Advanced Data Analysis Techniques (DAX631) – This course prepares students for analyzing data using advanced data analysis software and techniques to make decisions on data. Topics include Multivariable Regression, Non-Linear Regression, ANOVA, Cluster and Factor Analysis and Logistics Regression.

Advanced Exercise Physiology & Lab (CEP625) – Students will actively engage in the detailed study and application of principles of human physiology with an emphasis on the variations and alterations in metabolic pathways, the cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems as a result of sedentary behavior, acute and chronic exercise, and environmental conditions. Furthermore, students will learn and apply testing techniques for evaluating the capacity of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and muscular systems during labs. During laboratory experiences, students will also learn blood analysis techniques in exercise physiology and preventive health.

As the demographic of the population in the United States is changing with an increase in the number of individuals who are aging, this is an excellent time to invest in an allied health program such as a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Graduates of the program will have ample opportunity for employment in n expanding field, which is expected to grow 10 percent faster than all other occupations, on average, in the next eight years.

  • Advanced Personal Trainer (hospital)
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Corporate Health and Wellness Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Stress Testing Technician
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Life Coach
  • Physical Activity Specialist (community health)
  • Physiology Researcher
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach/Specialist
  • Wellness Center Program Director
what is clinical exercise physiology?

Clinical exercise physiology involves using exercise to help people improve physical and mental health and fitness, prevent or treat chronic disease and disabilities and guide athletes and others in athletics and sports training.

what is a master’s in clinical exercise physiology?

A master’s in clinical exercise physiology provides students an in-depth exploration of a broad range of topics, including the impact of exercise on the body, psychosocial factors that influence health, how medications affect exercise therapies and how recommended medical dietary and nutritional changes can improve exercise capability.

what can i do with a degree in clinical exercise physiology?

With a degree in clinical exercise physiology, you will be qualified for a variety of career opportunities, including advanced personal trainer, cardiovascular rehabilitation specialist, clinical exercise physiologist, clinical research assistant, diabetes educator, corporate health and wellness specialist, exercise physiologist, exercise stress testing technician, fitness trainer, life coach, physical activity specialist, physiology researcher, public health specialist, pulmonary rehabilitation specialist, strength and conditioning coach/specialist, wellness center program director and more.

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“Very early on in the program, I had a professor that coached us through the course by reminding us that we were making short-term sacrifices to reach our long-term goals. I have carried that with me throughout the program and have been grateful for the impact those words have made on my persistence and success.”

Kelli Crawford-Smith
TU Alumna
Class of 2019
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