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
- 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)
- The American Occupational Therapy Association
- The Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service.
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- There are numerous accelerated nursing programs for students that have a degree in health science related fields such as clinical physiology.
Physician Assistant (PA)
Sports Medicine - Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Chiropractic Medicine (DC)
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.
- Review the Clinical Physiology website carefully.
- Contact the Health Careers Counselor (see below) and complete all pre-admission courses.
- When pre-admission courses have been completed, 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 CHEM 181-183
- Mathematics through at least the pre-calculus level
- Physics (Some post baccalaureate health professional programs require a full year of physics)
- Introductory biology courses such as BIOL 181-183
- Application for admission to the major mid-sophomore year
Junior and Senior Years
- Required clinical physiology course work.
- Elective course work.
- Internship - culminating component of the degree.
Four-year Plan for the Clinical Physiology Major
The following table provides a brief illustration of a typical four-year plan for successful completion of the Clinical Physiology Major. Most courses offered in the junior and senior year are scheduled multiple times during the year and in the summer session. The culminating internship (EXSC 490) requires completion of all courses in the major. For a detailed four year plan click (here).
Satisfying general education and other graduation requirements of the university are determined by General Academic Advising and Degree Checkout. The Clinical Physiology Program has no purview over matters such as these that are outside of the major. The following table is an important guide to facilitate graduation in a timely manner.
Clinical Physiology 4-Year Academic Plan
Gen Ed CoursesCHEM 111 - 113ORCHEM 181 - 183BIOL 181 -183
Gen Ed Courses
PHYS 111 - 113ORPHYS 121 - 123ORPHYS 181 - 183 Apply to majorEXSC 350
EXSC 351EXSC 352
EXSC 450EXSC 455EXSC 470Electives
BIOL 355BIOL 356EXSC 495EXSC 456EXSC 490Electives
Clinical Physiology Course Work
|Pre-Admission Courses (C or better):||20 Credits|
|CHEM 111, 112, 113 + Laboratories||15|
|or CHEM 181, 182, 183 + Laboratories|
|PHYS 111 + Laboratory||5|
|or PHYS 121 + Lab or PHYS 181 + Lab|
|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 355||Human Anatomy/Physiology||5|
|BIOL 356||Human Anatomy/Physiology||5|
|EXSC 350||Gross Anatomy||3|
|EXSC 350L||Gross Anatomy Lab||2|
|EXSC 351L||Physiology Lab||1|
|EXSC 352||Ass. & Treat. of Athletic Injuries||4|
|EXSC 450||Physiology of Exercise||4|
|EXSC 450L||Physiology of Exercise Lab||1|
|EXSC 455||Fit. Ass. Ex. Prescription||4|
|EXSC 455L||Fit. Ass. Ex. Prescription Lab||1|
|EXSC 456||Clinical Physiology||4|
|EXSC 470||Clinical Biomechanics||3|
|EXSC 495B||Practicum: Clinical||2|
|Elective Courses (C grade or better):||20 Credits|
|BIOL 322**||Intro. Microbiology||5|
|BIOL 353||Integrative Anatomy||6|
|EMS 443||Myo. Dis, Aryth. Diag.||4|
|EMS 444||12 Lead Electrocardiography||4|
|EXSC 438||Therapeutic Ex||3|
|EXSC 446||Sports Nutrition & Weight Control||3|
|EXSC 452||Therapeutic Modalities||3|
|NUTR 443||Metabolism and Micronutrients||5|
|PHYS 112**||Intro Physics II + lab||5|
|PHYS 113**||Intro Physics III + lab||5|
|PHYS 122**||Intro Phys Life Sci + lab||5|
|PHYS 123**||Intro Phys Life Sci + lab||5|
|PHYS 182**||General Physics II + Lab||5|
|PHYS 183**||General Physics III + Lab||5|
|PSY 313**||Developmental Psychology||4|
|PSY 314||Human Development and the Learner||4|
|PSY 362**||Introductory Statistics||5|
|PSY 421||Human Neuroanatomy||4|
|PSY 449**||Abnormal Psychology||4|
|PSY 478||Behavioral Neuroscience||4|
|Total to Complete Major:||100 Credits|
|** PT and PA programs typically require CHEM 181-183, mostalso require PSY 362 (or equivalent), PSY 313, PSY 449, a yearof PHYSICS, and BIOL 322|
Valuable Resources For Current Health-Care Professionals or Those Seeking Degrees & Certifications Around The U.S.
Clinical Physiology Program Faculty
- Dr. Vince Nethery, Director, Clinical Physiologist, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Tim Burnham, Clinical Physiologist, burnhati@.cwu.edu
- Dr. Leo D'Acquisto, Anatomist, email@example.com
- Dr. Karen Roemer, Clinical Biomechanist, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Eric Foch, Clinical Biomechanist, FochE@cwu.edu
- Dr. Kelly Pritchett, Clinical Dietician, Physiologist, Nutrition, PritchettK@cwu.edu
- Dr. Robert Pritchett, Physiologist, PritchettR@cwu.edu
- Susan Blair, M.A., LAT, ATC, Sports Medicine, email@example.com
- Patti Adkisson, M.S., Human Physiology, AdkissonP@cwu.edu
- Stephanie Campbell, M.S., Physiologist, CampbellS@cwu.edu
- Olivia Roehling, M.S., Anatomist, FlorenceO@cwu.edu
- Bryan Contreras, M.S., Clinical Physiology & Exercise Science, ContrerB@cwu.edu
Academic Counselor for Health Careers
Central Washington University
Office of Academic Advising Bouillon Hall 205
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call to arrange an appointment
Pre-Major Drop-in advising with Pat Coffey
Purser Hall Room 107
Wednesdays 8am - 11am
Thursdays 8am - 10am