As organizations and individuals focus on fitness and preventative health care, the range of job opportunities for professional exercise physiologists has increased. They work as exercise practitioners in corporate or private fitness settings, in strength and conditioning, at research facilities and in clinical settings with clients with cardiac, pulmonary and metabolic conditions.
The undergraduate Exercise Physiology curriculum at UMass Lowell has a strong foundation in the sciences and meets all general education requirements of the University. It also provides professional coursework in exercise physiology, kinesiology and exercise prescription and program planning. The curriculum is comprehensive and cumulative and prepares students for the capstone senior clinical practicum in either a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting or a private or corporate fitness center.
Many graduates of the Exercise Physiology program go on to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UMass Lowell, to prepare as entry-level practitioners. Graduates also pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in Exercise Physiology, enabling them to be certified as exercise specialists or exercise program directors, and to work in research and teaching positions.
The program also qualifies students to enter graduate programs in other health professions, including medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, ergonomics, sports nutrition, sports performance and other health related fields.
Graduates can pursue graduate study in Exercise Physiology. Advanced degrees in EP (Master's, Doctorate) prepare individuals for positions as exercise specialists (ACSM certification, NSCA certification) or exercise program directors. Graduate degrees in EP also prepare individuals for research or teaching positions. A Ph.D. is typically required for teaching or research positions in higher education.
Graduates of the exercise physiology program meet all the necessary requirements for application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell or other accredited PT programs. The DPT program is a fully accredited, three-year program designed to prepare entry-level practitioners in physical therapy. It includes 96 credits of coursework and 35 weeks of clinical education experience.