Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org ) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
 caahep.org

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Pre-Health Professional Track

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First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

BIO 101  - Biological Concepts

or

BIO 221 - Zoology

4

BIO 227/228 - Human Anatomy and Lab

4

EXS 100T - Transitions

1

EXS 101 - Introduction to EXS

3

MAT 140 - College Algebra

4 U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness 3

ENG 105 - Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry

4

MAT 145  - Trigonometry

3

COM 161 - Public Speaking

3

PSY 180 - General Psychology

3

TOTAL

16

TOTAL

16

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

BIO 229/230 - Human Physiology

4

EXS 350/351 - Exercise Physiology and Lab

4

EXS 370 - Kinesiology

3

EXS 200 - Scholarly Writing in EXS

and

EXS 201 - Data Evaluation in EXS

3

NTN 230 - Nutrition

3

EXS 301 - Care and Prevention of Injuries

3

BIO 120 - Scientific Etymology

1

BIO 220 - Clinical Terminology

2

STA 135 - Intro to Probability and Statistics

4

HUM 211 - Humanities in the Modern World

3

TOTAL

15 TOTAL 15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

EXS 353/354 - Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab

4

EXS 375 - Biomechanics

3

EXS 385 - Sport and Exercise Psychology 

3

CIV 201

or

CIV 202 -World Civilization

3

EXS 333 - Strength and Conditioning

3

PHI 202 - Ethics

or

HEA 260 - Introduction to Medical Ethics

3

CHE 111 - Essentials of Chemistry/Biochemistry

CHE 201 - General College Chemistry

5

*Profession specific courses (prerequisites)

6

TOTAL

15

TOTAL 

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

EXS 471 - Organizational Management in Health Science

3

EXS 445 - Senior Seminar I

1

EXS 415 - Exercise Testing and Prescription for Clinical Populations

3 *Profession  specific courses (as needed per RACR) variable

EXS 469 - Professional Experience I

3    

*Profession specific courses (prerequisites)

6    

TOTAL

15 TOTAL variable

Restricted Electives

BIO 120

Scientific Etymology

 BIO 220

Clinical Terminology

 BIO 300

Introductory Microbiology

 CHE 202

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

 CHE 312

Organic Chemistry I

 EXS 275

Exercise Instruction

 EXS 295

Acute Care of the Physically Active

 EXS 304

EBP in Musculoskeletal Evaluation

 EXS 400

Research Design and Stats for Allied Health

 EXS 435

Neuro A&P for Applied Health Sciences

 PHY 130

General Physics I

 PHY 131

General Physics I Laboratory

 PHY 132

General Physics II

 PHY 133

General Physics II Laboratory

 PSY 260

Lifespan Development

 PSY 307

Abnormal Psychology

 SOC 133

Introduction to Sociology

 ATR 500-level courses

 Career Elective (advisor approved)

 Exercise Science Pre-Health Professional Track PDF

 

 Pre-Health Professional Track for MSU’s Accelerated OT Option

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First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

BIO 101 - Biological Concepts

or

BIO 221 - Zoology

4 BIO 227/228 - Human Anatomy and Lab 4
EXS 100T - Transitions 1 EXS 101 - Introduction to EXS 3

STA 135 - Intro. to Prob. and Statistics

or

MAT 140 - College Algebra

4 PSY 180 - General Psychology (Pre OT) 3

ENG 105 - Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry

4 MAT 145 - Trigonometry 3

U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness

3 COM 161 - Intro. to Public Speaking 3

TOTAL

16 TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 229/230 - Human Physiology 4 EXS 350/351 - Exercise Physiology and Lab 4
EXS 370 - Kinesiology 3

EXS 200 - Scholarly Writing in EXS

and

EXS 201 - Data Evaluation in EXS

3
NTN 230 - Nutrition 3

CHE 111 - Essentials of Chemistry and Biochemistry

or

CHE 201 - General College Chemistry

5
BIO 120 - Scientific Etymology 1

BIO 220 - Clinical Terminology

2
STA 135 - Intro. to Prob. and Statistics 4    
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 14

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
EXS 353/354 - Exercise Testing and Prescription Lecture and Lab 4 EXS 415 - Exercise Testing and Prescription for Clinical Populations 3
EXS 301 - Care and Prevention of Injuries 3 PSY 307 - Abnormal Psychology 3
EXS 333 - Strength and Conditioning 3 EXS 375 - Biomechanics 3
PSY 260 - Lifespan Development 3

PHI 202 - Ethics

or

HEA 260 - Intro. to Medical Ethics

3
CIV 201 or 202 - World Civ. 3

HUM 211 - Hum. in the Modern World

 
TOTAL 16

TOTAL

variable
If accepted to the MSOT program, begin graduate classes at the Paducah Regional Campus in the summer.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy First Year

 
Summer Semester Credits Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
OTR 600 - OT Foundations I 3 OTR 620 - OT Foundations II 3 OTR 643 - OT Neurological Evaluation and Interventions 3
OTR 603 - OT Functional Anatomy 3 OTR 623 - OT Culture and Context 1 OTR 646 - Administration and Management of Therapy Services 3
OTR 606 - OT Evaluation Techniques 3 OTR 626 - Occupational Development 3 OTR 650 - OT Media and Modalities I 3
OTR 610 - Disease and Performance 3 OTR 630 - OT Biomechanical Evaluation & Interventions 3 OTR 653 - Pediatric Evaluation and Interventions 3
OTR 613 - Occupational Science 2 OTR 635 - OT Neuroscience 3 OTR 655 - Clinical Practicum II 1
    OTR 640 - Clinical Practicum I  1    
TOTAL 14 TOTAL 14 TOTAL 13

MSOT Second Year

Summer Semester Credits Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
OTR 660 - OT Evidence-Based Practice 3 OTR 672 - Level 2 Fieldwork I 6 OTR 676 - Level 2 Fieldwork II 6
OTR 663 - Psychosocial Evaluation and Interventions 3 OTR 674 - Clinical Research I 3 OTR 678 - Clinical Research II 3
OTR 665 -  OT Media and Modalities II 3        
OTR 667 - Community-Based Practices 3        
OTR 670 - Clinical Practicum III 1        
TOTAL 13 TOTAL 9 TOTAL 9

Pre-Health Professional Track for MSU's Accelerated OT Option PDF 

 The Pre Health Professional Track in the Exercise Science program blends core exercise science courses with key courses required for graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other healthcare programs.  Graduate program requirements can vary by institution and by discipline. Sophomore undergraduate students are encouraged to explore graduate school requirements for each potential institution they wish to attend.  Academic advisors are available to assist students with incorporating these requirements into his/her academic plan.

There is no guaranteed admittance into graduate school by completing these prerequisites, as each student is responsible for meeting each graduate school's requirements and successfully completing the admission process. To improve success, students should demonstrate exceptional academic performance, possess leadership skills and organizational involvement, demonstrate knowledge of the profession, have good communication abilities, and demonstrate service to the community.

Murray State offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. While Murray State does not offer the following graduate programs, the EXS Pre Health Professional Track provides a strong foundation for students pursuing physical therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant, and other professional health-related programs.

 

Athletic Training

As members of a sports medicine team, athletic trainers provide services comprising of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions. Job settings for athletic trainers include secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, physicians’ offices, performing arts programs, military, law enforcement, and industrial medicine. For more information about a career in athletic training, visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (https://www.nata.org/).

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a health care profession that focuses on improving optimal health, movement, and function. Physical therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, diagnose, and provide interventions to minimize or alleviate dysfunction. To practice physical therapy, one must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national board examination to obtain licensure. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings and with individuals throughout the lifespan. For more information about a career in physical therapy, visit the American Physical Therapy Association website

Physician Assistant

The profession of physician assistant (PA) has grown rapidly over the past few years and offers many options for the graduate to work in numerous areas of medicine under the supervision of a physician.  For more information about a career as a physician assistant, visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Academic Bulletin

Exercise Physiology Track

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First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

BIO 101 - Biological Concepts

or

BIO 221 - Zoology

4

BIO 227/228 - Human Anatomy and Lab

4

EXS 100T  - Transitions

1

EXS 101  - Introduction to EXS

3

MAT 140 - College Algebra

4 U.S. Studies Elective: Global Awareness 3

ENG 105 - Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry

4

MAT 145 - Trigonometry 

3

COM 161  - Public Speaking

3

PSY 180 - General Psychology

3
TOTAL  16 TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

BIO 229/230 - Human Physiology

4

EXS 350/351 - Exercise Physiology and Lab

4

EXS 370 - Kinesiology

3

EXS 200 - Scholarly Writing in EXS 

and

EXS 201 - Data Evaluation in EXS

3

STA 135 - Introduction to Probabilities and Statistics

4

CHE 111 - Essentials of Chemistry/Biochemistry

CHE 201 - General College Chemistry

5

PSY 180 - General Psychology

4

NTN 230 - Nutrition

3

TOTAL 

14

TOTAL

15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

EXS 353/354 - Exercise Testing and Prescription Lecture and Lab

4

EXS 415 - Exercise Testing an Prescription for Clinical Populations

3

EXS 301 - Care and Prevention of Injuries

3

EXS 375 - Biomechanics

3

EXS 333 - Strength and Conditioning

3

HUM 211 - Humanities in the Modern World

3

EXS 385 - Sport and Exercise Psychology

3

PHI 202 - Ethics

or

HEA 260 - Introduction to Medical Ethics

3

*Profession specific courses (advisor approved)

3

*Profession specific courses (advisor approved)

3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

EXS 471 - Organizational Management in Health Science

3

EXS 469 - Professional Experience I

variable

EXS 445 - Senior Seminar I

1    
*Profession specific courses (advisor approved)   *Profession specific courses (advisor approved)  
TOTAL variable TOTAL variable

Restricted Electives

EXS 356

Health Promotion Programming

EXS 400

Research Design and Statistics for Allied Health

EXS 433

Advanced Practices in Strength and Conditioning

EXS 446

Senior Seminar II

EXS 465

Advanced Exercise Physiology

EXS 470

Professional Experience II

GCM 151

Introduction to Graphic Communications 

or

GCM 153

Electronic Imaging

HEA 303

Health Behavior

HEA 311

Epidemiology

LST 240

The Legal Environment in Business

MGT 350

Fundamentals of Management

MGT 358

Entrepreneurial Business Plan Development

MGT 370

Sports Business

MKT 360

Principles of Marketing

NLS 402

Financial Resource Management and Fund Development

NTN 333

Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

Advisor-approved career elective

Exercise Physiology Track PDF

 Exercise Science graduates who have completed the Exercise Physiology Track work with other health care professionals to provide clients with information designed to manage or prevent health issues through physical activity and healthy lifestyle education. Graduates are skilled at evaluating behaviors that impact health, identifying health risk factors, performing fitness assessments, and prescribing exercise programs. The Exercise Physiology Track also prepares students for professional certifications in fitness or strength and conditioning (e.g. ACSM and NSCA) and for graduate study in the field. Individuals with an exercise science degree work in a variety of settings such as fitness facilities, hospital wellness centers, cardiac rehab, commercial settings, rehabilitation facilities, and other agencies.  

Academic Bulletin

 Program Outcomes

Year (Tracking Period) Declared EXS Students Number of Graduates Graduate Satisfaction Graduate Placement Employer Satisfaction
2017 CY 157 40 100% 65% 100%
2016 CY 174 45 100% 82% 100%

Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

EXS Club - Exercise Science