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College of Education and Professional Studies

Bachelor of Science: Clinical Physiology

Clinical Physiology

About

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. Students participate in, and learn to appreciate, the application of scientific research to real world problems and service for the benefit of the community. The program specifically prepares students to enter graduate or specialized post-baccalaureate professional programs in critical high-demand, healthcare arenas including:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Physicians' Assistants
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine - Athletic Training
  • Chiropractice Medicine
  • Accelerated Nursing Programs
  • Metabolic Disorder Clinics
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

Most clinical health-care professions require education beyond the bachelor degree level. Additional courses may be needed to satisfy all prerequisites for admission eligibility to some graduate and professional programs.

 

Program Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of structural components and the interrelationships between these structural components in the human organism.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physiologic processes that govern organism functioning and maintain homeostasis with specific emphasis on humans.
  • Describe the impact of personal behaviors - lifestyle decisions (e.g.) physical activity and energy balance on human structural and functional integrity.
  • Identify, describe, and employ the various components of scientific inquiry including deductive reasoning, the analysis of data and the establishment of defensible conclusions.

Pre-Admission Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in all pre-admission, required courses, and elective courses in this major. 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.

  • CHEM 111 - Introduction to Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 111LAB - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • OR
  • CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 181LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • AND
  • CHEM 112 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 112LAB - Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • OR
  • CHEM 182 - General Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 182LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
  • AND
  • CHEM 113 - Introduction to Biochemistry (4)
  • CHEM 113LAB - Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory (1)
  • OR
  • CHEM 183 - General Chemistry III (4)
  • CHEM 183LAB - General Chemistry Laboratory III (1)
  • AND
  • PHYS 111 - Introductory Physics I with Laboratory (5)
  • OR
  • PHYS 121 - Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I (5)
  • OR
  • PHYS 181 - General Physics I with Laboratory (5)

Pre-Admission Total Credits: 20

 

Required Courses

Course Title Credits
BIOL 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health-Related Majors I 5
BIOL 306 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health-Related Majors II 5
EXSC 350 Gross Anatomy 3
EXSC 350LAB Gross Anatomy Laboratory 2
EXSC 351 Physiology 4
EXSC 351LAB Physiology Laboratory 1
EXSC 353 Physical and Orthopedic Assessment 4
EXSC 370 Biomechanics 5
EXSC 450 Physiology of Exercise 4
EXSC 450LAB Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 1
EXSC 456 Clinical Physiology 5
EXSC 470 Clinical Biomechanics 3
EXSC 493 Clinical Field Experience - Informational Packet 1-15 (minimum of 12 credits)
EXSC 495B Practicum: Clinical 2
     
Total Required Courses Credits: 56

 

Electives

Course Title Credits
BIOL 322 Introductory Microbiology 5
BIOL 323 Microbiology 5
BIOL 353 Integrative Anatomy 6
EMS 443 Myocardial Disease and Basic Electrocardiography 4
EMS 444 Twelve-lead Electrocardiography 4
EXSC 438 Therapeutic Exercise 3
EXSC 446 Sports Nutrition 3
EXSC 452 Therapeutic Modalities 3
NUTR 433 Macronutrients 3
NUTR 443 Metabolism and Micronutrients 5
PHYS 112 Introductory Physics II with Laboratory 5
PHYS 113 Introductory Physics III with Laboratory 5
PHYS 122 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences II 5
PHYS 123 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences III 5
PHYS 182 General Physics II with Laboratory 5
PHYS 183 General Physics III with Laboratory 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 Elective Credits: 24

TOTAL CREDITS TO COMPLETE THE MAJOR: 100


Recommended 4-Year Academic Plan

The following table provides an overview of a standard four-year plan for successful completion of the clinical physiology major. The culminating Clinical Field Experience (EXSC 493) requires completion of all courses in the major. General Education and other non-major aspects of graduation are determined by General Academic Advising and Degree Checkout, not the clinical physiology program.

Clinical Physiology 4-Year Academic Plan

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Gen Ed Courses
CHEM 111 - 113
OR CHEM 181 - 183
NUTR 101
PSY 101

Gen Ed Courses
PHYS 111 - 113
OR PHYS 121 - 123
PHYS 181 - 183
EXSC 350 & 351LAB
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EXSC 351 & 351LAB
EXSC 353
EXSC 370
EXSC 450 & 450LAB
EXSC 470
Electives

BIOL 305
BIOL 306
EXSC 495
EXSC 456
EXSC 493
Electives


Student Resources

To explore different healthcare career options, check out this Healthcare Career Guide! To learn more about a specific healthcare profession, see the links below:

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Nursing

Physician's Assistant

Sports Medicine - Athletic Trainer

Chiropractic Medicine

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Orthotics and Prosthetics


Clinical Physiology Faculty

Program Director

  • Jared Dickinson

Faculty

  • Eric Foch
  • Hillary Connor
  • Jared Dickinson
  • Karen Roemer
  • Kelly Pritchett
  • Leonardo D'Acquisto
  • Robert Pritchett
  • Ryan Galindo
  • Timothy Burnham
  • Vincent Nethery

Laboratory Technician

  • Bryan Contreras

Application Procedures

  1. Take preparatory courses during freshman and sophomore years. You must earn a grade of C or better.
  2. Contact the Academic Advisor for Health Sciences early to build 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.

 

Patrick Coffey
Academic Advisor for Health Sciences
(509) 963-3580
patrick.coffey@cwu.edu

Jared Dickinson, PhD, FACSM
Program Director, Clinical Physiology
(509) 963-2341
jared.dickinson@cwu.edu

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