Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Goodwin College of Business
MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology (MSCEP)

Ready to Make a Difference in Lives through Exercise?

Become a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with Benedictine!

Do you dream of using exercise as medicine to prevent and manage chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity? Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology program equips you with the knowledge, skills, and credentials to do just that.

Become a Certified Exercise Physiologist in just 15 months! Our ACSM-approved program equips you to prevent & rehabilitate chronic conditions, gain 600+ clinical hours, and launch your rewarding career quickly. Challenge yourself, make a difference, and ask about flexible options!

Don’t wait, invest in your future and in the health of others. Start your journey with Benedictine today!

P.S. Ask about our flexible program options, including online and part-time formats, to find the perfect fit for your busy life.

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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.

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Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

The MSCEP program is designed in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for certification as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP). Students develop the skills and qualifications to work in the prevention of cardiovascular, pulmonary and other lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.

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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.

Why Choose Benedictine for Your Clinical Exercise Physiology Journey?

The healthcare landscape craves passionate, skilled exercise physiologists who can partner with patients for life-changing transformations. At Benedictine University, our Master of Science program equips you with more than just knowledge; it’s a springboard to a fulfilling career.

Experience matters. Our program immerses you in extensive hands-on clinical training, from community testing to internships alongside practicing professionals. You’ll learn by doing, honing your skills and building confidence while working elbow-to-elbow with fellow students and alumni. This supportive network extends beyond graduation, ensuring you’re never alone in your journey.

Benedictine is more than a degree; it’s an investment in your future. Join a community where passion meets purpose, and prepare to become a leader in the field of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Delve Deep into the Science with our MSCEP Program

Benedictine’s Clinical Exercise Physiology program delves deep into the science, equipping you with mastery of metabolic processes, cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems. You’ll learn to translate complex physiological concepts into clear, effective communication, ensuring you can reach and educate patients. Beyond theory, you’ll master diagnostic techniques like administering and interpreting tests, and confidently apply your knowledge of clinical exercise testing in real-world scenarios. This program goes beyond textbooks, preparing you to make a tangible difference in the lives of others through the power of exercise.

With a Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology, your career possibilities are vast and impactful!

Here are just a few exciting options to consider:

Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CCEP): The gold standard, working directly with patients in hospitals, clinics, or rehabilitation centers to manage chronic diseases, injuries, and disabilities.

Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist: Make a life-changing difference for patients recovering from heart attacks, lung diseases, or surgeries, guiding them back to health and independence.

Oncology Exercise Specialist: Support cancer patients through their treatment journey, designing exercise programs to manage symptoms, improve strength, and reduce side effects.

University Professor/Research Scientist: Shape the future of the field! Conduct research on the impacts of exercise, educate the next generation of professionals, or develop educational materials.

Healthcare Consultant/Business Owner: Leverage your expertise to advise organizations, develop innovative fitness programs, or take the leap and launch your own exercise-based business.

Remember, this is just a glimpse into the diverse career paths available with a Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Your specific skills, interests, and goals will ultimately guide your journey.

Here are some additional tips for exploring career options:

  • Network with professionals in the field.
  • Attend industry conferences and events.
  • Research healthcare organizations and companies that interest you.
  • Utilize career resources from your alma mater or professional associations.

No matter what path you choose, your Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology will equip you to make a significant and lasting impact on the health and well-being of others. So, go out there and make a difference!

What Our Alumni Have Done with this Degree:

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.

Here are some sample courses you may take in the MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology program:

  • Advanced Integrative Human Physiology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Electrocardiography

Clinical Exercise Physiology courses (BIOL)

Graduate course descriptions

Admissions and Prerequisites Clinical Exercise Physiology Program

Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university, and completed undergraduate courses in exercise physiology, general chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy and physiology. A combined health science organic/biochemistry class may be substituted for biochemistry. Due to the rigor of this program of study, it is highly recommended that a “B” or better is attained in undergraduate prerequisite courses.

Applicants who may have outstanding prerequisite coursework are encouraged to apply during the fall. Certain prerequisite coursework needs to be completed prior to entering the program in order to follow the recommended course sequence. Applicants may be admitted on a conditional status depending on which prerequisites are outstanding. Prerequisite courses may be taken at Benedictine University or any accredited university.

Applications must be submitted by March 1 in order to receive an acceptance decision by March 31. Students may still apply after the March 1 deadline. All acceptances will be based on a student’s qualifications, experience and incoming student space availability.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.


Katie Baschem, M.S.

Katie Baschem, M.S.

MS Clinical Exercise Physiology

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

“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.”

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