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In our exercise physiology program, you will have plenty of opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future exercise physiology student.
Exercise Physiology is a very hands-on critical thinking and problem solving field. Lab experience, research opportunities, internships and community outreach activities are critical to your success. That’s why we believe you should have plenty of these opportunities at the undergraduate-level, and we offer them.
Connecting with the discipline, connecting with experts in the field, and connecting with other exercise science students is part of what it means in becoming a professional. As a student you may participate in professional activities including attending and presenting in professional conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. It is called networking. We are part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and each year we “Connect” at the annual meeting in Harrisburg. We expect all seniors to attend this meeting, and encourage juniors and anyone else who wishes to attend to do so. This meeting provides lots of opportunities to hear talks on a variety of research projects, and learn more about the field of exercise physiology.
The Exercise Physiology Bowl, a central event at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, is a Jeopardy- type competition where students are quizzed on their knowledge of exercise physiology, anatomy and biomechanics. Our St. Francis University Academic bowl team won the WON the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the ACSM competition in 2012 and 2013!
“EXPO” is the student exercise physiology club. The purpose of this organization is to represent all exercise physiology majors and the university community by providing information and services associated with the profession of exercise physiology. Not only can you join a social club to talk about all things Exercise! (and order some pretty awesome ex phys clothing), but also to serve as a fund raising and outreach organization for the major. In addition to participating in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Academic College Bowl, Expo also participates in fund-raising events such as...
The Run with LoRusso 5K, which is held in the spring, raises money to support the trip to the National ACSM meeting, as well as other special projects or events we may wish to have, such as inviting speakers to campus. Plus it’s a lot of fun!
EXPO will again, have a team at Relay for Life in the Spring. Relay for life is one of the largest fund raisers on campus, and of course it raises money for cancer research. Make sure you get involved!
Exercise Physiologists may practice in a variety of settings, with most positions requiring experience with hands-on skills. Classroom courses aim to develop a knowledge base in Exercise Physiology and to improve analytical skills. The main objectives for the internship/practicum are for students to further develop their problem-solving abilities, their interpersonal communication skills, and to become ready to seek full-time employment. Internship/practicum education is a vital part of the total curriculum.
In order for students to be educated as Exercise Physiologists they must be competent in a variety of settings.
The Saint Francis Exercise Physiology program offers site assignments in the following areas:
The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness is state-of-the art 30,000 square foot education and research center provides a clinical training area for students as well as an outreach services for under-served rural populations near the university. It houses a student health center, rehabilitation services, a human performance lab. fitness and spiritual wellness areas, and conference facilities.
The Science Center flagship facility was completed in Fall 2013, and provides state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and research facilities. Students in allied health sciences majors will take many of their foundation science courses in this new facility.
The DiSepio Institute's Human Performance Lab (HPL) is a state-of-the-art facility offering the latest in physical fitness assessments. Through a combination of cutting-edge technologies and world class multidisciplinary experts, including exercise physiologists and physical therapists, the HPL enables individuals to attain their maximum physical conditioning. Using a preventative model of care combined with in-depth assessment tools, the HPL staff can help people of all-ages accomplish their goals by clearly identifying their current health and fitness status and establishing a road map forward.
The Hugs United Spring Break Mission Trip is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers of students, faculty, and alumni head to the Dominican Republic to work closely with an orphanage and provide much needed love and support. A team that includes students from Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Science, Nursing, and Education departments help administer health services for patients and children. It is exciting to see so many of our students dedicate their break to providing medical service in this truly blessed service-learning opportunity.
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