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Clinical Exercise

Master of Science



The healthcare industry has a growing need for highly skilled exercise physiologists who can work closely with patients to provide life-changing care.

Benedictine University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Exercise Physiology that will prepare you for a successful career in this growing field. From extensive hands-on clinical experience to working elbow-to-elbow alongside fellow students and alumni, students will become uniquely prepared to provide excellent patient care. Clinical Exercise Physiology graduates will have the training necessary to not only implement exercise programming and behavioral intervention, but also to administer cardiodiagnostic tests and assess recorded data while working alongside physicians.

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Students in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program have the opportunities to:

Demonstrate knowledge of metabolic processes, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems.
Effectively communicate physiological concepts, and apply knowledge of clinical exercise physiology in a real-world setting.
Demonstrate the ability to administer and interpret diagnostic techniques associated with physiological processes.
Demonstrate understanding of methods used in clinical exercise testing.
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MS Requirements - Lisle
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Clinical Exercise Physiology Alumni

Graduates of the M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology program are employed at many clinical sites, including cardiac rehabilitation and non-invasive cardiac diagnostics departments, in the Chicago area. These alumni often serve as preceptors for students during their clinical internships. In addition, our alumni are active in the professional organizations for the field.

Reduced Time to Complete Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Exercise Physiology program now offers degree completion in 15 months on a full-time basis. Reduced time to completion and reduced total semester hours required for degree completion means students can begin professional practice sooner and with less expense. The program’s curriculum also includes two internships for students to acquire 600 hours of hands-on clinical experience and training in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of individuals who have experienced health problems related to cardiac, pulmonary and metabolic diseases.

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Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Exercise Physiology program is designed in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for certification as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP). The program can be completed in as little as 15 months on a full-time basis. Students develop the skills and qualifications to work in the prevention of cardiovascular, pulmonary and other lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

Clinical Internships

The program’s curriculum also includes two internships for students to acquire 600 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Internships are supervised by practicing professionals in the field who provide feedback on the student’s knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as personal attributes that employers seek when making new hires.

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As a lead exercise physiologist at Lurie’s, I perform various tests on pediatric patients with cardiac and pulmonary diseases, and I manage program developments. I use my Benedictine degree to its fullest—handling diagnostic testing, rehabilitation, and exercise prescription. Benedictine’s Clinical Exercise Physiology program gave me the knowledge of exercise physiology I needed and provided me hands-on experiences that prepared me for my job today.

Katie Baschen, Exercise Physiologist

Lead Exercise Physiologist
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Clinical Exercise Physiology Faculty

Jayashree Sarathy

Jayashree Sarathy, Ph.D., Academic Program Director

Regina Schurman

Regina Schurman, Ed.D., ACSM-CEP, CPA, Student Internship Coordinator

Mary Rago Dobrinska

Mary Rago Dobrinska, M.S., Lecturer
Exercise Physiologist at Northwestern Medicine

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