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Online Master's in Exercise Science: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

30 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

As a student of the online Master’s in Exercise Science program, you’ll complete 7 core courses and three concentration-specific exercise science courses online. Available concentrations include health and exercise rehabilitation, performance and sport science, and sport and exercise administration.

Core Courses

Understanding and interpreting data is a necessary skill for understanding health metrics and making good public health decisions. You will learn statistical methods and principles necessary for understanding, calculating, and interpreting data used in public health and policy evaluation and formation. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical data summary, sampling, probability and distributions, statistical comparison of groups, correlation, and regression.

In this course, students will be investigating motor control, coordination, and motor skill acquisition and re-training ranging from activities of daily living and rehabilitation to the performance of athletes.

Course topics also include how to train the body to move efficiently, prevent injury, improve balance and flexibility, build strength, and improve overall quality of life. Applied functional movement techniques will be taught, including understanding fascia, movement screening and assessments, the application of appropriate exercise progressions, and proper mobility protocols.

In this course, students will study the clinical aspects of exercise physiology including fundamental knowledge of disease-specific pathology and treatment guidelines. Exercise testing and training principles for patients with chronic diseases and disabilities will be examined, including metabolic, respiratory, immune, neuromuscular, and bone and joint disorders. Special populations studied will include children, elderly, and pregnant and post-partum women. (Undergrad KIN 325)
Students will examine the role of nutrition in fitness and sport with an emphasis on human performance optimization. Topics will include advanced manipulation of macro and micronutrients, ergogenic aids, supplementation, fluid balance, body composition, and nutrition in changing environments.
This course is an 64-hour experience (8 hours/week) in an approved setting where students have the opportunity to enhance skills in their chosen concentration area. Students will work under the supervision of an individual at the externship site as well as a graduate faculty member. Completion of a project which allows them to integrate their academic preparation through problem solving or program implementation in a worksite setting is due by the end of the course.
The exercise science capstone course provides an opportunity to culminate all aspects of the graduate program through the opportunity to develop an exercise science final project. Examples may include a publishable journal article, employee handbook, personal website, a marketing proposal, instructional media, program or facility development, web site, on-line course materials, lab manual, curriculum development, or event plan. Students will present their capstone project to classmates and graduate instructor. Throughout the course, students are confronted with issues from a Christian and Reformed perspective in order to develop their own vocation mission statement.

Performance and Sport Science concentration

This course examines the ways in which psychological factors influence one’s sport performance and exercise adherence. Research based topics include an examination of attentional styles and issues, causal attributions, motivational factors, somatic and cognitive competitive anxiety, and issues related to mood states, self-talk, self-concept and self-efficacy. This course also examines an array of research based psychological principles and skills which an individual can employ to motor performance, including the following topics: use of imagery, motivational strategies, goal setting, thought-stopping techniques, cognitive restructuring, methods to manage somatic and cognitive anxiety, attentional control skills, and strategies to enhance one’s self-concept and self-efficacy. This course will also cover all psychological principles and skills that assist recovery from a sports or exercise-related injury.

In this course, students will apply scientific knowledge to train individuals for the primary goal of improving athletic and job performance. They will design sport-specific testing sessions, implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.

Students will also learn to how to design and facilitate strength training programs to increase the performance, readiness, and longevity of tactical professionals while decreasing the likelihood of fitness-related injuries.

In this course, students will apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, motor learning, functional movement and strength and conditioning to injury prevention and return to play and activity. Students will learn how to identify individuals and situations which contribute toward higher risk of injury as well as design appropriate training and conditioning programs for prevention and mitigation.

Sport and Exercise Administration concentration

This course is designed to give advanced students information and knowledge on the operation and management of athletic and recreational facilities. In addition, the course examines strategies and techniques required to run successful sporting events. It offers students an opportunity to learn how to manage logistics; the who, what, where, when, and how of running the event; how to develop checklists and manage processes to keep things running smoothly; and how to have contingency plans.

This course helps students gain a deeper understanding of the breadth of sport and exercise marketing by examining in-depth the sport marketing mix of product, price, place, and promotion as well as marketing research, marketing strategy, market segmentation, branding, sponsorships, licensing venue and event marketing, global sport marketing, and public relations.

Groups and team are an integral part of modern businesses and organizational life. To be better prepared to succeed as a leader, manager or member of teams, this course: (1) creates opportunities to lead and manage dynamic teams and design and implement effective team processes, and (2) introduces the critical theories, concepts and frameworks used by successful managers to diagnose team performance and the threats and opportunities teams face. The learning objectives for the course will be accomplished through 1) analysis and discussion of case studies, 2) critical evaluation of current approaches to and realities of team management, and 3) active participation in team exercises and simulations.

Health and Exercise Rehabilitation concentration

In this course, students will examine models of cardiac rehabilitation program delivery from inpatient to post-rehabilitation care. Cardiac disease patients and special demographic populations will be studied, including modifiable lifestyle practices such as nutrition and physical activity, cardiovascular risk factors, behavior modification, program adherence, and management of potential emergencies. Students will gain skills in administrative and managerial procedures, program assessment, and case management.

In this course, students will study the clinical aspects of exercise physiology including fundamental knowledge of disease-specific pathology and treatment guidelines. Exercise testing and training principles for patients with chronic diseases and disabilities will be examined, including metabolic, respiratory, immune, neuromuscular, and bone and joint disorders. Special populations studied will include children, elderly, and pregnant and post-partum women.

We live in an era when advances in medical technology and treatment rush at us so fast and furiously that it is easy to lose sight of the critical role of our own behavior in our health and longevity. Health behaviors, attitudes, and overall well-being are also influenced by our gender, age, personality, ethnic and cultural background. This course will promote your understanding of, and respect for, the differences among groups of people; it will increase your awareness of the special challenges and problems faced by various groups. Some of the challenges are, of course, beyond our control, but many are not. We will use research evidence to structure our understanding of social and behavioral aspects of health. We will evaluate appropriate outcomes of behavioral modifications related to health and well-being.

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