Exercise Physiology

Admissions

Requirements to be considered for admission:

Freshman Entry EP Program 

  1. A high school diploma.
  2. High school grades of B (3.0) or better.
  3. Completion of high school program that is specifically college prep courses which includes English, biology, and chemistry.  It is strongly recommended that incoming freshman take math through pre-calculus or calculus and complete high school physics. 
  4. Combined SAT scores totaling at least 1,000 (mathematics and verbal). 
  5. Evidence of good health through a physical exam that demonstrates the ability of the student to actively participate in all phases of laboratory work.

Freshman Entry DPT/EP Program 
Students who meet the following qualifications are invited into the DPT/EP program during the admissions process.  Students completing the BS in EP program (4 Years) with an overall and science GPA minimum of 3.4 will continue into the professional (graduate) phase of the DPT program. 

  1. A high school diploma.
  2. High school grades of B+ (3.25) or better. 
  3. Completion of high school program that is specifically college prep courses which includes English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. It is strongly recommended that incoming freshman take math through pre-calculus or calculus and complete high school physics.  
  4. Combined SAT scores totaling at least 1,200 (mathematics and verbal). 
  5. Evidence of good health through a physical exam that demonstrates the ability of the student to actively participate in all phases of laboratory work. 

Transfer Admission Requirements 

Students may apply to transfer into Exercise Physiology (EP) through two routes; either as external transfers from other schools or as internal transfers from other majors within UMass Lowell.  Admissions are competitive and on a space available basis; overall and science GPAs of 2.7 are required for acceptance (and to remain in the major), as well as successful completion of one year long science sequence (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Physiological Chemistry or General Chemistry I and II, and General Physics I and II). It is strongly recommended that transfer students complete college level pre-calculus or calculus prior to transfer.

Pathways into EP for external transfer students:

  1. Transfer students can apply to the EP program after completing two semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and appropriate science courses. Students must have successfully completed at least one of the year long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) prior to applying. 
  2. For admission after three semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7, students must have successfully completed at least one of the year-long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) and be on track to complete all prerequisite science course sequences before the end of their fourth semester.
  3. For admission after four semesters, students must have the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and have successfully completed all science prerequisites (Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs). Students must have also successfully completed Intro to EP with a minimum grade of 2.7. 

External Transfer Application

External transfer students applying to the program should contact the Transfer Admissions Office.  

Pathways into EP for internal UMass Lowell transfer students

  1. UMass Lowell transfer students can apply to the EP program after completing two semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and appropriate science courses. Students must have successfully completed at least one of the year long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) prior to applying. 
  2. For admission after three semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7, students must have successfully completed at least one of the year-long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) and be on track to complete all prerequisite science course sequences before the end of their fourth semester.
  3. For admission after four semesters, students must have the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and have successfully completed all science prerequisites (Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs). Students must have also successfully completed Intro to EP with a minimum grade of 2.7.

Internal Transfer Application

Internal transfer students applying to the program should submit an application (pdf) to  Cynthia_Ferrara@uml.edu

Applications to the Physical Therapy Graduate Program 

Applications to the DPT program at UMass Lowell are competitive. A percentage of available spots in the DPT program at UMass Lowell are reserved for graduates from the EP program. Requirements for admission to the graduate program in physical therapy include a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college, an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better, a GPA in science courses of 3.0 or better, Graduate Record Examination (GRE), documented personal experience in a physical therapy setting, and three letters of recommendatio. 

Highly qualified UMass Lowell EP students can be admitted following the junior year through the Expedited Admissions Program (minimum overall GPA and science GPA of 3.5 required and successful completion of the senior year in the EP program). Students are also well-qualified to enter graduate programs in other health professions including medicine,  nursing, occupational therapy, sports nutrition, etc. Due to the launch of the DPT/BS program in September 2011, and starting with the DPT admissions of December 2014 for the DPT class entering in Fall 2015, there will no longer be Expedited Admission into the DPT program for graduates of the Exercise Physiology Program. 

Upon Acceptance Into The EP Program  

Once accepted all students are expected to take all remaining science courses at UMass Lowell. Per UMass Lowell policy, taking a course required of the degree at another college or university requires chairperson permission prior to taking the course. Such permission will only be given for extenuating circumstances.