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Strength & Conditioning • Fitness/Wellness • Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Zachary Townsend

Zachary Townsend, recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2015

StudentAbout the Program

The Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology (AHPH) program has been offering graduate students a multi-focused academic/professional program since 2000.  Students may choose from a credentialing focus within Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (American College of Sports Medicine), Fitness/Wellness (American College of Sports Medicine), and/or Strength and Conditioning (National Strength and Conditioning Association).  Given these options, graduates have a wide scope of entry points into the applied exercise physiology community.

The AHPH program has aspects that make it extremely appealing to the potential student.  Its historically comprehensive curriculum has successfully included individualized student experiences, responsive to the changing demands of the applied healthcare community.  Specifically, the curriculum rigorously includes a systematic study of physiological systems, as well as patient/client assessment and individualized exercise prescription design.  The program also fosters a strong commitment for every student to earn an appropriate professional credential.  Additionally, every student participates in at least 500 hours of supervised Internship in varied practice areas, such as: hospital cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation departments, private personal training facilities, university-based athletic performance activities, etc.  These curricular aspects anticipate a growing professional need for not only trained practitioners, but also more broadly educated credentialed practitioners.  Student progression is facilitated by a developing focus on competency-based techniques, which help insure professional success.

The AHPH curriculum prepares students for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine—CEP), Certified Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine—EP-C), and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association—CSCS) credentialing examinations.  Given this preparation, it is expected that all AHPH graduates will have achieved at least one of these credentials before graduation, although achieving all three is preferred.  To that end, each student will be required to declare a primary area of concentration (respectively; Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Fitness/Wellness, and/or Strength and Conditioning), as that in which the student will be credentialed.  This declaration will occur after the student has completed no more than 24 credits of the 42 credit curriculum.  As all students take the same 42 credit curriculum, this declaration will not specifically change any courses taken, but will affect the predominant site assignments within the Internship courses, which occur as a capstone at the end of coursework.  Students will spend most of the Internship hours within their area of special interest, although all students will be exposed to a variety of professional practice experiences.  

The AHPH program has been awarded “Recognition” as a Graduate Studies Program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).   The program has also made a commitment to seek accreditation, at the Master’s degree level, by the Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences (CoAES), which we expect to occur within the next two years.  Together, these two oversight organizations help us to define and focus on developing a quality academic experience that benefits both the graduate, and more importantly, the individual receiving professional guidance from that graduate.

The well-regarded AHPH faculty invite you to discuss your professional aspirations with us, and determine if earning a Master of Science in the Applied Health Physiology program will advance your career goals.  If you are energetic, positive, and looking for a rewarding career helping people, call the AHPH Program Director Dr. Randy Insley (410-677-0145) or the AHPH Admissions Coordinator, Dr. Tom Pellinger (410-677-0144) to discuss your admission options.   

Admission Requirements…

A. Admission to the Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology Program requires:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 may be considered.
  2. Completion of the application for admission to graduate studies
  3. Payment of an application fee
  4. Submission of official transcript from all colleges/universities attended
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. One-page personal letter stating your career goal(s)
  7. For international students, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores are required, or IELTS (International English Language System) test scores.  The minimum TOEFL test scores in the following areas are required for admission into the graduate program in Applied Health      Physiology: Reading Skills 22, Listening Skills 22, Speaking Skills 25, and Writing Skills 24. The minimum IELTS test scores are: Reading Skills 6.5, Listening Skills 6.5, Speaking Skills 7.0, and Writing Skills 7.0. 
  8. Submission of the Graduate Record Examination.  Results will be used for advisement purposes only.

B. Prerequisite undergraduate coursework for all candidates includes:

  1. Human Anatomy and Physiology (eight credit hours, e.g., BIOL 215 & 216)
  2. Exercise Physiology (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 344)
  3. Stress Testing & Exercise Prescription (four credit hours; e.g., EXSC 472).
  4. Kinesiology or biomechanics (four credit hours, e.g., EXSC 333)

Please Note:

  1. Equivalent transfer (from another institution) coursework will be evaluated for satisfying prerequisites prior to admission. Students with a GPA > 3.0 lacking prerequisite coursework may be granted conditional admission by agreeing to complete prerequisite coursework within the first-year of the program.
  1. A Residency/Domicile Information Form needs to be completed for in-state tuition status.

Program of Study… 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Health Physiology requires the completion of 42 credit hours, of which a minimum of 33credit hours are earned at Salisbury University. The program must be completed with a cumulative Grade Point Average no lower than 3.0, with no more than six credit hours below a grade of B, and no grade lower than a C. A maximum of two course repetitions for the purpose of grade improvement are allowed. Students whose cumulative Grade Point Average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation according to University Policy.

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