The goal of the Department of Physical Therapy is to prepare entry-level practitioners in exercise physiology and in physical therapy. Exercise physiology (EP) is the study of acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from exercise and physical activity. The undergraduate curriculum is broad based and includes courses in liberal arts, basic sciences (anatomy & physiology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry), and professional courses (exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise prescription/program planning). The EP curriculum is sequential, comprehensive, and cumulative and prepares students for the capstone clinical practicum in the senior year. Students are assigned to either a cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation setting or to a fitness setting for a semester. While working in the clinical practicum setting, students attend a weekly seminar to discuss issues that arise on clinicals.
Requirements of the Major
Upon completion of the Exercise Physiology program, the student will be able to:
- Understand the anatomical and biomechanical bases of human movement
- Understand the physiological and biophysical bases of human movement
- Determine and justify the best set of examination procedures, evaluate the results of the examination to develop an exercise prescription, which maximizes compliance, motivation, and prevents injury and illness.
- Evaluate professional literature in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology.
- Apply knowledge in kinesiology and exercise physiology to a practicum setting.
- Implement a self-directed plan for professional development and lifelong learning which includes self-assessment, self correction and self direction.
- Demonstrate professional behavior during interactions with others.
- Communicate effectively in ways that are congruent with situational needs including appropriate body language, written communication, active listening skills and questioning.