East Stroudsburg University, in affiliation with eight area medical centers, offers a graduate program in Clinical Exercise Physiology with a commitment to excellence and high standards. The MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology consists of a minimum 45-credit curriculum that can be completed in one calendar year.

The CAAHEP accredited Clinical Exercise Physiology program provides classroom and laboratory experiences that take full advantage of current knowledge and trends in rehabilitation of populations with cardiac, pulmonary and metabolic disorders through assessment and exercise programming.

Laboratory experiences take place within our excellent facilities at ESU.

In addition to the classroom and laboratory studies provided on-campus, students experience applied aspects of cardiac, pulmonary and metabolic rehabilitation through clinical rotations at various area medical centers.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification and/or registry of Clinical Exercise Physiology, as well as the American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification opportunities are offered.

M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology Course Sequence

Summer I

Course Credits
EXSC 551 Exercise is Medicine Coaching Workshop 2
EXSC 552 Exercise and Weight Control Workshop 2
Subtotal 4

Fall Semester

Course Credits
EXSC 527 Physiology of Human Performance 3
CEXP 530 Electrocardiography, Non-invasive Cardiac Evaluations, and Implications in Exercise and Rehabilitation 3
CEXP 531 Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory I 3
CEXP 539 Coronary Heart Disease: Its Medical Diagnosis and Management 3
CEXP 587 Clinical Internship I 3
Subtotal 15

Spring Semester

Course Credits
EXSC 513 Evaluation in Movement Studies and Exercise Science 3
CEXP 532 Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory II 3
CEXP 537 Exercise Testing and Programming 3
CEXP 538 Cardiac Pathology and Pharmacology 3
CEXP 588 Clinical Internship II 3
Subtotal 15

Summer II

Course Credits
EXSC 528 Advanced Exercise Physiology Laboratory Techniques 1
CEXP 533 Health and Fitness Clinical Physiology Laboratory III 3
CEXP 536 Organization & Administration of Cardiac & Primary Prevention Programs 3
CEXP 558 Clinical Exercise Specialist Workshop 1
CEXP 595 Clinical Exercise Physiology Seminar 3
Subtotal 11

Admission Requirements

  • 2.5 overall GPA (3.0 in major)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A written 'Statement of Intent'

National Accreditation of the Program

The MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP). A Clinical Exercise Physiology Advisory Committee, comprised of a medical director, faculty, alumni and clinical affiliates meets yearly to discuss the curriculum and preparation of our graduates.

Outcomes Data

First-time pass rates for the Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CCEP) exam, as reported by the ACSM National Office

Year Number of students who took CCEP Number of students who passed National average
2015-2016 11 8 (73%) 33%

For additional information about the Exercise Science department, please contact the department secretary at rcoscia@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
Koehler Fieldhouse 1st Floor
(570) 422-3302
(570) 422-3616 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Graduate Coordinator Exercise Science
Chad Witmer
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