The Specialization in Exercise Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology Option) addresses the physical activity needs of special populations. If you have an appreciation for persons with a disability or chronic disease condition, their lifestyle, and their exercise possibilities, you will find this program of interest. In this program you will learn about the health care delivery system and its implications for the field of the adapted and therapeutic physical activity. You will become aware of the team concept for the delivery of services to special populations. You will learn how to adapt traditional exercise forms, assessment techniques and training protocols to meet the needs of persons with physical and sensory impairments as well as chronic disease.The Specialization in Clinical Exercise Physiology provides the knowledge and practical skills of the Major program plus exposure to additional course work needed to pursue a career as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. The curriculum focuses on understanding the pathology of common physical disabilities, medical intervention techniques, safe and effective diagnostic assessment procedures and physical activity programming for individuals requiring special attention. Students become familiar with the benefits of physical activity and exercise programming as they apply to individuals dealing with impairments and disabilities stemming from cardiovascular, pulmonary, sensorial, neurological, orthopaedic, oncologic and metabolic disorders.
Specialization in Exercise Science/Clinical Exercise Physiology: 66 credits
* 24 required credits in introductory Physical Activity, Health and Fitness, Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Activity, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Emergency Care in Sport and Exercise, Principles of Athletic Therapy, and Research Methods
* 21 required credits at the intermediate level in Adapted Physical Activity, Essentials of Exercise Testing and Training in Athletic Populations, Biomechanics, Neural Control of Human Movement, Cardiorespiratory Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology Internship I
* 18 required credits in Physical Fitness Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation in Special Populations, Pathophysiology of Exercise I & II, Nutrition in Exercise and Sport, Clinical Biomechanics and Clinical Exercise Physiology Internship II
* 3 elective credits chosen from Physical Activity Epidemiology, Current Developments in the Biochemistry of Exercise, Physical Activity, Health and Aging, and Pediatric Exercise Physiology
* 24 elective credits from a department other than Exercise Science
NOTE: Students who have completed a CEGEP DEC in one of the science profiles are invited to apply to the Department of Exercise Science. Students without the CEGEP DEC and who have completed their high school education outside of the province of Quebec are also invited to apply to the Department of Exercise Science. If accepted, these students must complete the required CEGEP-equivalent fundamental science courses in addition to their required undergraduate courses in the Department of Exercise Science.