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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 community. Upon graduation, clinical physiology majors should be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and/or professional fields of study, at the completion of which they will have a diverse array of certified and licensed healthcare career options (many of the careers that Clinical Physiology prepares students for are highlighted as the “best jobs” in the 2021 US News and World Report).

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 practicums


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)
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P)
  • 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, accelerated nursing, prosthetics and orthotics, 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 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, the Healthcare Career Guide describes many career options and the steps needed to attain these career goals. Listed below are a few important websites to assist with learning more about different health professions.

Physical Therapy (PT)

Occupational Therapist (DOT)

Nursing Professions

Physician Assistant (PA)

Sports Medicine - Athletic Trainer (ATC)

Chiropractic Medicine (DC)

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Orthotics and Prosthetics



Application to the Major

Admission to Central Washington University does not ensure acceptance into the clinical physiology program. The clinical physiology degree includes several preparatory courses in Chemistry and Physics that may also satisfy general education requirements. All courses in the curriculum require a grade of C or better to graduate.

Application procedures:

  1. Review the Clinical Physiology website carefully and take preparatory courses during freshman and sophomore years.
  2. Contact the Health Careers Counselor (see below) early to formulate a comprehensive undergraduate academic plan.
  3. Schedule an appointment with the Director of Clinical Physiology early to complete the application to the major and ensure timely graduation. (see faculty listing)

Recommended Curriculum Timeline

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Chemistry sequence (specific courses depend on career orientation) If unsure, take CHEM 181-183
  • Physics, preferably PHYS 121 (Some post baccalaureate health professional programs require a full year of physics)
  • PSY 101 and NUTR 101 (needed as pre-requisites for several elective courses, many of which are required for entry into post-bac professional programs
  • Application for admission to the major

Junior and Senior Years

  • Required clinical physiology course work.
  • Elective course work.
  • Clinical Field Experience - culminating component of the degree.

Four-year Plan for the Clinical Physiology Major

The following table provides an overview 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 quarters during the year. The culminating Clinical Field Experience (EXSC 493) requires completion of all courses in the major. For a detailed four year plan click (here).

General Education and other non-major aspects of graduation are determined by General Academic Advising and Degree Checkout. The Clinical Physiology Program has no purview over elements 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 Courses

CHEM 111 - 113


CHEM 181 - 183

NUTR 101

PSY 101


Gen Ed Courses
PHYS 111 - 113


PHYS 121 - 123


PHYS 181 - 183 Apply to major

EXSC 350+350L


EXSC 351+351L

EXSC 353
EXSC 370
EXSC 450+450L

EXSC 470



BIOL 305

BIOL 306

EXSC 495

EXSC 456

EXSC 493



Clinical Physiology Course Work

Course Title Credits
Preparatory Courses (C or better): 20 Credits
CHEM 111, 112, 113 + Laboratories 15
               or CHEM 181, 182, 183 + Laboratories
PHYS 121 + Laboratory 5
               or PHYS 111 + Lab or PHYS 181 + Lab

Students who intend to pursue careers in PT, PA, DC or Medicine,

the CHEM 181-183 series is required by most post-bac

professional programs

Required Courses (C or better): 56 Credits
BIOL 305 Human Anatomy/Physiology I 5
BIOL 306 Human Anatomy/Physiology II 5
EXSC 350 Gross Anatomy 3
EXSC 350L Gross Anatomy Lab 2
EXSC 351 Physiology 4
EXSC 351L Physiology Lab 1
EXSC 353 Physical and Orthopedic Assessment 4
EXSC 370 Biomechanics 4
EXSC 450 Physiology of Exercise 4
EXSC 450L Physiology of Exercise Lab 1
EXSC 456 Clinical Physiology 5
EXSC 470 Clinical Biomechanics 4
EXSC 493 Clinic Field Experience 12

EXSC 493 Guidelines Document

EXSC 495 Clinical Practicum 2
Elective Courses (C grade or better): 24 Credits
BIOL 322** Intro. Microbiology 5
BIOL 323** Microbiology 5
BIOL 353 Integrative Anatomy 6
BIOL 454 Histology 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 433 Macronutrients 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, most

also require PSY 362 (or equivalent), PSY 313, PSY 449, a year

of PHYSICS, and BIOL 322







Valuable Resources For Current Health-Care Professionals or Those Seeking Degrees & Certifications Around The U.S.

Clinical Physiology Faculty

Clinical Physiology Adjunct/Visiting Faculty

Laboratory Technician
  • Bryan Contreras, M.S.,  Clinical Physiology & Exercise Science,
Pre-Major Advising & Information Contact:
Pat Coffey
Academic Counselor for Health Careers
Central Washington University
Office of Academic Advising Bouillon Hall 205
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 963-3423

Call to arrange an appointment

Pre-Major Drop-in advising with Pat Coffey
Bouillon Hall Room 205
Wednesdays 8am - 11am
Thursdays 8am - 10am

Admission to the Major:
Dr. Vince Nethery,
Director, Clinical Physiology
Central Washington University
Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 963-1913

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