Physical Therapy

Exercise Physiology

About the Program

The goal of the Department of Physical Therapy is to prepare entry-level practitioners in exercise physiology and in physical therapy. Exercise physiology (EP) is the study of acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from exercise and physical activity. The undergraduate curriculum is broad based and includes courses in liberal arts, basic sciences (anatomy & physiology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry), and professional courses (exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise prescription/program planning). The EP curriculum is sequential, comprehensive, and cumulative and prepares students for the capstone clinical practicum in the senior year. Students are assigned to either a cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation setting or to a fitness setting for a semester. While working in the clinical practicum setting, students attend a weekly seminar to discuss issues that arise on clinicals. See the EP Course of Study (pdf).

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Why Choose the Exercise Physiology Program at UMass Lowell?

  • Highly qualified and caring faculty
  • Dedicated students
  • Graduates are competent, polished beginning professionals
  • Career pathway into many graduate programs, including the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UMass Lowell