Brian Edlbeck

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jamie Krzykowski

Clinical Assistant Professor

Brenda Reeves

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of


Exercise Physiology


The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program offers two different concentrations: Clinical exercise physiology, and strength & conditioning.  Both concentration areas incorporate extensive hands-on experiences through practicums, internships, and service learning. Coursework includes both lecture and lab, incorporating innovative approaches to performance, exercise, and rehabilitation.  The mission on the M.S. in Exercise Physiology Program is to prepare qualified professionals at the master’s level to work in clinical rehabilitation settings, health promotion/preventative program settings, fitness and sport programs, tactical training programs, and college/university settings.  Upon graduation, students would possess the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills in the field to sit for a variety of clinical and related specialty certifications, and/or doctoral level work in exercise or integrative physiology, or other allied health disciplines.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcomes

    The following learning outcomes were developed based on the established scope of practice and services for exercise physiology.  Students completing the clinical exercise physiology concentration would be eligible to sit for the ACSM-RCEP or ACSM-CES certification exams and would be prepared to work in a variety of clinical rehabilitation and preventive settings.  Students completing the strength and conditioning concentration would possess the same general skills and abilities with a focus on sport physiology, neuromuscular function, and sports medicine practice.

    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
       1) Identify, perform, and interpret appropriate screenings to assess the health status of persons from diverse populations and health conditions.
       2) To appropriately apply the principles, recommendations, and skills for exercise testing and prescription and evidence-based decision making in planning safe and effective exercise programs for persons from diverse populations and health conditions.
       3) Understand common chronic diseases and disabilities, disease progression, treatments, and adaptations resulting from exercise, and apply this information in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive programs that address client needs and goals.
       4) Understand and apply problem-solving skills and current practices in risk factor reduction and lifestyle management to include goal setting, behavior change theory, motivational strategies, and health/wellness coaching.
       5) Ability to evaluate and use an array of testing and exercise equipment, and technologies to support clinical/sports medicine practice.
       6) Demonstrate competence in communication and interpersonal skills in the provision, instruction and supervision of programs and services in clinical/sports medicine practice.
       7) Examine and critique the scientific literature in the discipline, synthesize relevant information, and appropriately convey that information in scientific writing and oral communication.
       8) Evaluate and understand the importance and value of ethical and professional standards of practice to include being accountable for individual non-medical judgments and professional decisions about health and fitness; preventive, rehabilitative, and/or educational services and programs, and applied research.

  • General Degree Requirement

    General Degree Requirement

    The M.S. in Exercise Physiology is a 21-month program, requiring a total of 58 credit hours to include 10 credits of core requirements, 36-39 credits of concentration requirements, and 9-12 credits of electives. Elective courses may be taken in integrated cognate areas to complement their education, such as business and leadership, and health education.

  • Admission


    The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program admits qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability that does not interfere with the performance of professional practice as provided by law. Students can enter the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program in one of two ways:

    1. Prior Degree – Previous degree applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from Carroll or another institution. 
    2. 3 + 2 Completion - Current Carroll University undergraduate student seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science who intends to follow the 3 + 2 completion plan.  The applicant generally is of junior standing when applying to the program.  The 3 +2 completion plan requires the first three years of study to be completed at the undergraduate level of study with a major in exercise science (a minimum of 101 undergraduate credits is required prior to entering the graduate program) and then, the final two years consists of graduate level study in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program.  Upon completion of the first 27 credits in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program, a Carroll University Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science is awarded, and upon successful completion of all graduate credits (58 total credits), the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology degree is awarded.

    Applications and credentials for admission to the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission. As decisions are made on applications, applicants are notified through the Office of Admission.  Applicants must be eligible to return in good standing (be free of academic or disciplinary probation) to all institutions previously attended.

            First Priority Deadline: March 1, 2014

            Second Priority Deadline: June 1, 2014

            Final Deadline: August 2014 or until the class is full

     Requirements for admission into the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program include:

    1. Evidence a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution will be awarded prior to the start of the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program for all non-traditional applicants and by the completion of senior year for all 3+2 completion plan applicants.
    2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
    3. Pre-professional prerequisite GPA of a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
    4. Successful completion of all pre-professional prerequisite course work with a letter grade of “C” or better within seven years from the time of application and prior to beginning the graduate program.
    5. Current CPR certification for the professional rescuer.

    Applicants must comply with all admission requirements listed above.  Selection decisions will be based on evaluation of:

    1. Graduate Studies Application.
    2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including both graduate and undergraduate course work – must be mailed directly to Carroll University Admission Department.
    3. Official GRE Score Report sent directly to Carroll University (university code 1101) – exam date must be within the past 5 years.
    4. Course Work in Progress Form.
    5. Personal Essay.
    6. Two Letters of Recommendation.
    7. Safety and Technical Standards Form.
    8. Successful completion of all pre-professional and prerequisite course work completed within seven years from the time of application with a letter grade of “C” or better (see required prerequisites below).
  • Required Prerequisites

    Required Prerequisites

    The following courses must be completed prior to beginning the M.S. in Exercise Physiology Program.  Prerequisite coursework must be completed in less than seven years from the time of application and compose the pre-professional GPA.

      a. 1 college-level anatomy course with lab*
      b. 1 college level physiology course with lab*
      c. 1 college-level exercise physiology course*
      d. 1 college-level exercise testing and prescription course*
      e. 1 college-level statistics course
      f.  1 college-level psychology course

    *Indicates course work included in pre-professional GPA calculation. Minimum of a 3.0 pre-professional GPA and a letter grade of “C” or better are required.

    Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and /or certification needs. 

  • Technical Standards


    Successful participation in the M.S. in Exercise Physiology program requires that a student possess the ability to meet the requirements of the program. Though the program can modify certain course requirements in order to provide a handicapped person (as defined by the federal government pursuant to SS 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) with an equivalent opportunity to achieve the same results as those students without a handicap.  There are no substitutions for the following essential skills.  The applicant must initially meet these requirements to gain admission to the program, and must continue to meet them throughout participation in the program.

     Physical ability: The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to provide safe and effective assessments and interventions for clients/patients across the lifespan. The student is expected to possess the psychomotor skills and physical abilities necessary to safely and correctly perform a wide variety of health/fitness screenings, assessments, exercise tests, and exercise demonstrations. Examples of assessments include, but are not limited to, resting vitals and other biometrics, cardiopulmonary tests, functional capacity, ECG, anaerobic testing, musculoskeletal fitness, range of motion (ROM), body composition, balance, and functional abilities. Interventions include, but are not limited to, patient education, cardiovascular fitness training, endurance training, resistance training, performance training, flexibility and ROM, neuromuscular training, and functional training.

     Communication ability: The student must communicate effectively verbally and non verbally to obtain important information and to clearly explain information to others as well as to facilitate communication among the patient, family members and other professionals. Each student must have the ability to speak and comprehend the English language as well as be able to read and write in a manner that meets the standards for literacy in higher education. Students must be able to actively listen and possess basic interviewing skills. The student must be able to document and maintain accurate records, and present information in a professional and appropriate manner to the target audience.

    . Intellectual/cognitive ability: The student must demonstrate the ability to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential to the field of exercise physiology. Problem solving skills include the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and judge objective and subjective data, and to make decisions in a timely manner that reflect thoughtful deliberation and sound judgment. The student must also possess the ability to comprehend, retain, retrieve and incorporate prior knowledge with new information from multiple sources including, but not limited to self, peers, instructors and related literature to formulate sound decisions for competent client/patient management, practice management and scholarship.

     Interpersonal attributes: The student is expected to demonstrate sufficient stable emotional behavior to effectively work with others, perform assessment, and perform intervention activities. Empathy, integrity, motivation, honesty, and caring are personal attributes required of those in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program. The student must have the ability to establish rapport and maintain respectful interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, groups and professionals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds and to collaborate effectively. Each student must be able to adapt to changing environments, displaying flexibility and a positive demeanor as well as to accept and integrate constructive criticism given in the classroom and professional settings. In addition, the student must demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability for their actions and reactions to individuals, groups, and situations to include the prompt completion of all responsibilities and tasks in the classroom and professional settings. Students must demonstrate continuous self-assess to improve as a professional.

    5. Ability to manage stressful situations:
    The student must be able to adapt to, and function effectively in relation to, stressful situations encountered in both the classroom and professional settings, including emergency situations. Students will encounter multiple stressors while in the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program, and must effectively manage these stressors on an ongoing basis. These stressors might be related to (but are not limited to) personal issues, family, peers, supervisors/faculty, and clients/patients. 

  • Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check

    Caregiver Background and Criminal History Check

    On October 1, 1998, the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services mandated that all persons who seek to be employed and/or licensed in the caregiver industry must fulfill the caregiver and background check requirements in section 50.065 of the Wisconsin Statute. Prior to matriculation, students are required to complete a background and criminal history check and abide by the university and state regulations pertaining to the findings.

  • Insurance


    Health: Exercise physiology students are required to have medical insurance. Those who are covered by a family or personal policy must provide the insuring company’s name and the policy number on a waiver form to the Office of Risk Management.  For students without their own coverage, a group insurance policy is available through the university.  Students are also required to complete and have on file with the University’s Health Center a Health History Form, which includes a current immunization record. 

    Professional Liability: Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance on an annual basis through a university endorsed provider. 

  • Academic Progression

    Academic Progression

    A grade of B or better is required in all Exercise Physiology courses.  A letter grade of C, D, F or U in an Exercise Physiology course results in the student being placed on academic probation within the program until the student is able  to repeat the course and progress to subsequent courses for which the failed course is a prerequisite.  When repeating an Exercise Physiology course a student may be required to successfully complete ancillary learning experiences or clinical competencies/practicums that validate theoretical knowledge.  If a student is unable to take futher courses in the next occuring semester as a result of this policy, the student is placed on academic suspension and repeats the course during the next appropriate semester.  A course may be repeated only one time.  A student receiving a C, D, F or U in the same Exercise Physiology course twice or in two Exercise Physiology courses is dismissed from the program.

    A student must obtain a GPA of 3.00 or better each semester.  If a student earns a semester grade point average between 2.00 – 2.99, he/she is placed on academic probation.  To be removed from academic probation the student must earn a GPA of 3.00 or better in the following semester.  If a clinical internship course is scheduled during the next semester, the student must earn a satisfactory (S) grade in the clinical internship course and a GPA of 3.00 or better in the semester following the clinical internship to be removed from academic probation. 

    If a student was placed on academic probation once and a second violation of the academic progression policy, either a grade of C, D, or F, in a course or a GPA below a 3.00 the student will be dismissid from the program. Students who cancel or withdraw from the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Program forfeit their position in the program.  Students wishing to re-enter the graduate program after cancelling or withdrawing must go through the full re-application process.

    Since transportation to and from clinical and practicum sites is the student's responsibility, a vehicle is required for each student.

  • Fees


    Graduate tuition for the Exercise Physiology Program for 2013-14 is $500 per credit hour plus $300 for program fees per semester (fall, spring, and summer).

  • Curriculum: 58 Credits

    Curriculum: 58 Credits

  • Graduate Courses

    The following courses are offered through our Graduate Program.

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