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Kinesiology with Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration* 

As a Kinesiology major, students have the option to pursue the Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration. This concentration supplies students with the knowledge and practical experience to become leading professionals in the field of health and fitness who are dedicated to promoting health and physical activity in all populations including children, adults, and seniors. The goals of the program are to prepare students as entry-level exercise specialists and to prepare students to sit for and pass either the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Exam®. Some students will choose to pursue graduate or professional school (physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), physician assistant (PA), etc.).

*If you would like to major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology, please apply to Kinesiology using the Common Application. Your academic advisor will add the concentration during Virtual Student Transition Advising and Registration (VSTAR).

Potential Job Titles

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Wellness Manager / Coordinator
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Personal Trainer / Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Fitness Manager / Coordinator / Specialist

Experiential Learning

  • Gain over 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience throughout the program
  • Learn knowledge and skills to become a Certified Personal Trainer
  • Complete a 400 hour internship in such locations as Chicago, Indianapolis, or anywhere in the world
  • Participate in a departmental study abroad opportunity during the summer to Beijing Sport University

Potential Career Fields with Additional Education

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medicine
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • University Recreational Sports

Coursework (specific to concentration)

  • Essentials of Nutrition
  • Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Methods of Small and Large Group Exercise
  • Group Fitness Leadership
  • Foundations of Strength and Conditioning
  • Health Screening & Fitness Evaluation
  • Exercise Program Design
  • Health and Fitness Program Management
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations


Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Kinesiology, please visit the Changing your Major page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Kinesiology from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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