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The Field – With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the broader healthcare market is placing significant emphasis on reducing sedentary lifestyles through exercise and on preventive care. Further, a focus on promoting healthier lifestyles for people with such chronic diseases as hypertension, dyslipidemia, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease is contributing to this growth. Add to this normal populations with special health considerations, such pregnant women, and the employment market is robust to say the least. Conservative estimates by the American Kinesiology Association place job growth for exercise professionals at 10 percent through 2022.

In UConn’s Exercise Prescription Online Graduate Certificate you will:

  • Experience gold standard content—what employers are looking for: The content for this online certificate program is based on the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (GETP 9th edition), considered the “gold standard” in the fields of sports medicine, kinesiology, and health and fitness—or for anyone conducting exercise testing and leading exercise programs. The senior editor of the 9th edition is UConn’s own Linda Pescatello, PhD, FACSM, FAHA, who designed this certificate program and will be teaching much of the coursework. Learn more…
  • Learn from the experts who drive the industry: In addition to Dr. Pescatello, frequent expert guest speakers who are preeminent authorities in their field have provided course content in their related areas of expertise and will be lecturing on an ongoing basis. So you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and network with the people who are on the cutting edge of the exercise science industry. Learn more…
  • Gain a great head start on earning exercise certifications: Program content will help prepare you with the requisite knowledge you need to earn specialty exercise certifications from various associations, including the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP) designations, among other professional organizations such as the Strength and Conditioning Association. Coursework can also help prepare you for entering a Masters or Doctoral program. Learn more about professional organizations…
  • Have opportunity to get published: Like UConn Kinesiology graduate students, you’ll learn the best practices for getting papers published in leading journals in the field of exercise science.