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learn how to improve and enhance fitness and quality of life for patients with a master of science in exercise—clinical exercise physiology degree from Lebanon Valley College

Provide fitness rehabilitation for complex medical conditions. 

Lebanon Valley College’s master of science in exercise science—clinical exercise physiology degree will prepare you to work in cardiopulmonary rehab centers or in a medically adapted gym to enhance fitness and quality of life for a diverse range of patients and clients across the age continuum.

Prepare for American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) certification.

As the insurance and health care industries drive the need for master’s-trained, certified exercise physiologists, our degree program will prepare you for the ACSM-CEP certification—whether you are starting your career or making a career change.

Complete the didactic coursework in as few as 12 months or three semesters and conclude with a 600-hour internship with an established cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. Courses are delivered via seven-week hybrid and fully online classes.

With coursework and an internship under your belt, you’ll have the experience you need for employment in the fields of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation or exercise for individuals with complex medical conditions (Medically Adapted Gym, or MAG). 

The focus of this track reflects the growing trend of requiring advanced study (master of science degree or above) in exercise science to work with patient populations in fitness, wellness, and rehabilitation programs.

 

Learn in labs and facilities that rival those at research institutions and medical centers.

LVC is proud to be one of the only colleges of its size in Pennsylvania with a fully-integrated motion analysis system to support this work. Housed in the College’s acclaimed Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, the Lewis Human Performance Lab rivals those found in larger academic research institutions, research labs in academic medical centers, and research and development facilities in the exercise/fitness industry. The Lewis Human Performance Lab and accompanying Exercise Physiology Lab facilitate faculty research in areas of human performance and support collaborative student-faculty research. 

 

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for exercise physiologists are expected to grow at an above-average rate through at least 2028. Your faculty, along with career coaches in LVC’s Edward and Lynn Breen Center for Graduate Success, will guide you throughout your internship and career journey.