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Bachelor of Science: Clinical Physiology

The Bachelor of Science - Clinical Physiology degree provides students with a solid grounding in the factual and conceptual mastery of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of human structure and function.  The curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking, effective writing, clear articulation and presentation, and to promote analytical skills that transcend the subject matter.  Students also participate in, and learn to appreciate, the application of scientific research to real world problems and/or service for the benefit of the the community. Upon graduation, clinical physiology majors should be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and/or professional fields of study, and will have a diverse array of career options.

Clinical physiology is characterized by:

  • Integration with other departments in the sciences
  • Moderate sized classes
  • An emphasis on the importance of experiential learning
  • A faculty that interacts with the students in and out of the classroom, as well as after graduating
  • Promoting undergraduate research
  • Faculty that are active in research and have leadership roles in their professional organizations
  • Offering a variety of opportunities in professional internships and practicum experiences


Career Orientations*

  • Physical Therapy (PT)
  • Physician's Assistant (PA)
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine - Athletic Training
  • Chiropractic Medicine (DC)
  • Accelerated Nursing Programs
  • Metabolic Disorder Clinics
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Graduate Programs - Integrated Human Physiology
* Most clinical health-care professions require education beyond the bachelor degree level. Additional courses may be needed to satisfy pre‐requisites for admission eligibility to some graduate and professional programs.


Interested in Allied Health Professions?

Clinical physiology specifically prepares students to enter specialized post-baccalaureate professional programs in critical high‐demand, health­‐care  arenas such as, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assistant, sports medicine-athletic training, chiropractic medicine, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Students with an interest in medicine should consult with Dr. Levente Fabry-Asztalos (Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry)

The clinical physiology program has reciprocal, coordinated, and integrated relationships with many academic departments and the Office of Career Services in order to provide students with objective, appropriate, and up-to-date information.

To help best prepare for a future in a health care profession, check the related links for resources.  Start with the American Medical Association listing of health professions as well as the web site established and maintained by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. In addition, listed below are a few important websites to assist you with learning more about different health professions.

Physical Therapist (DPT)

Occupational Therapist (DOT)

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Physician Assistant (PA)

Sports Medicine - Athletic Trainer (ATC)

Chiropractic Medicine (DC)

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation



Application to the Major

Admission to Central Washington University does not ensure acceptance into the clinical physiology program. Admission to the degree is selective and several pre-admission courses must be completed with a C or better prior to gaining full admission to the major.

Application procedures:

  1. Review the Clinical Physiology website carefully.
  2. Complete all pre-addmission courses.
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Director of Clinical Physiology (see faculty listing)

Recommended Curriculum Timeline

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Chemistry sequence (specific courses depend on career orientation) If unsure, take the CHEM 181-183 sequence.
  • Mathematics through at least the pre-calculus level.
  • Physics (Some post baccalaureate health professional programs will require a full year of physics).
  • Introductory biology courses such as BIOL 181-183.

Junior and Senior Years

  • Required clinical physiology course work
  • Elective course work


Clinical Physiology Course Work

Course Title Credits
Pre-Admission Courses (C or better): 20 Credits
CHEM 111, 112, 113 + Laboratories15
               or CHEM 181, 182, 183 + Laboratories
PHYS 111 + Laboratory5
               or PHYS 181 + Laboratory
Students who intend to pursue careers in PT, PA, DC
must complete the CHEM 181-183 series
Required Courses (C or better): 60 Credits
BIOL 355Human Anatomy/Physiology5
BIOL 356Human Anatomy/Physiology5
EXSC 350Gross Anatomy3
EXSC 350LGross Anatomy Lab2
EXSC 351Physiology4
EXSC 351LPhysiology Lab1
EXSC 352Ass. & Treat. of Athletic Injuries4
EXSC 370Biomechanics5
EXSC 450Physiology of Exercise4
EXSC 450LPhysiology of Exercise Lab1
EXSC 455Fit. Ass. Ex. Prescription4
EXSC 4550LFit. Ass. Ex. Prescription Lab1
EXSC 456Clinical Physiology4
EXSC 470Clinical Biomechanics3
EXSC 490Internship12
EXSC 495BPracticum: Clinical2
Elective Courses (C grade or better): 20 Credits
BIOL 322Intro. Microbiology5
BIOL 323Microbiology5
EMS 443**Myo. Dis, Aryth. Diag.4
EMS 444**12 Lead Electrocardiography4
EXSC 438Therapeutic Ex3
EXSC 446Sports Nutrition & Weight Control3
EXSC 452Therapeutic Modalities3
NUTR 433Macronutrients3
NUTR 443Metabolism and Micronutrients5
PHYS 112Intro Physics II + lab5
PHYS 113Intro Physics III + lab5
PHYS 182General Physics II + Lab5
PHYS 183General Physics III + Lab5
PSY 313Developmental Psychology4
PSY 362Introductory Statistics5
PSY 421Human Neuroanatomy4
PSY 449Abnormal Psychology4
PSY 478Behavioral Neuroscience4
** REQUIRED for Cardiac Rehabilitation Internship 
Total to Complete Major: 100 Credits









Clinical Physiology Program Faculty

Adjunct Faculty
Laboratory Technician
  • Bryan Contreras, M.S.,  Clinical Physiology & Exercise Science,
For more information contact:
Dr. Vince Nethery,
Director, Clinical Physiology
Central Washington University
Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7572
Phone: (509) 963-1911
FAX: (509) 963-1848