Alumni Jobs | M.S. Exercise Physiology

After graduation

What are our graduates doing after they complete their degree? Where are they working? Here's a sample. Click on a name below to expand.

Photo of Michael Van HierdenI began my specifically planned vacation after completion of my second internship in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. My pre-planned six month vacation had 4 specific goals including: apply for one clinical exercise physiology job per day, review one chapter per day for the American College of Sports Medicine's — Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) exam, personal train a few former personal training clients, and striving to maintain a conscious effort towards thoroughly enjoying the well earned freedom of deadlines and alarm clocks. Applying for jobs all across the United States reinforced my drive to visit and enjoy time with family and friends. I feel this combination of goals held structure and positive attitude towards my dream of finding a career within the realm of clinical exercise physiology.

I passed the RCEP and accepted a cardiac rehabilitation coordinator position at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center (Elizabeth City, NC) just three months after my completion of my graduate tenure at The College of St. Scholastica's exercise physiology program. I love my job and coworkers!

Larry, Joe, John D., and John N. did a fantastic job guiding me through the rigorous physiology. Most importantly, they helped me realize that I can accomplish anything I have the opportunity too. My future is in my hands and I'm running with it!

Photo of Nicole MoodyMy name is Nichole Moody. I currently work as a Cardiac Rehab Specialist at Essentia Health – Virginia. I perform direct patient care in phase II cardiac rehabilitation, phase III cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and pre-diabetes classes through our diabetes center. Previous experiences have also allowed me to become proficient in stress testing and fitness instructing. My career as an exercise physiologist has been very fulfilling thus far, and I have chosen to further my career by entering into the MBA – Rural Healthcare program offered at CSS. By doing this, I hope to merge the skills and knowledge I have gained as an exercise physiologist with a managerial mindset.

The College of St. Scholastica is a warm and welcoming environment filled with a multitude of successful career paths. Attaining a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and M.S. in Exercise Physiology through CSS has not only opened doors to a variety of opportunities, but it has also prepared me for a successful career in healthcare. The Exercise Physiology program encourages students to critically think and evaluate each aspect of their education through an open and engaging method. The hands on approach and dedication of the staff prove to be successful as students continually go into this field with the tools to obtain solutions to multi-faceted problems. The concept of an ever-growing knowledge base is a unique theory instilled in this extraordinary program, and it allows students to continually learn and strive for better practices and outcomes. This program sets a gold standard for exercise physiology, and the completion of the program is an undeniable achievement in itself. I highly recommend this program for any individual with a love and passion for exercise, physiology, and the challenges of the incredible combination of the two.

Photo of Ben RiesI graduated from the MS in Exercise Physiology program at St. Scholastica in 2012 after receiving my BS in Exercise Science in 2011 from The University of Minnesota-Duluth. The small class sizes and exceptional availability of all professors were very instrumental in my excellent education at CSS. After graduating in 2012, I was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Scholastica and expect to graduate in 2016.

The EXP program at CSS provided me with exceptional knowledge about the human body that I continue to use every day as a Student Physical Therapist, and will continue to use as a Physical Therapist when I am finished with school. This program also helped build my application and increased my opportunity to be accepted into a DPT program. I believe that having my master’s in EXP will also open up more job opportunities in my career as a PT as well. Without my education from the MS program in Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica, I would not be in the position I am today. I am very appreciative of my opportunity in the EXP program and would be more than happy to help assist anyone considering the program

Photo of Zachary CI graduated from the M.S. Exercise Physiology program at St. Scholastica in 2011. The professors' teaching styles and availability to the students were paramount to my wonderful educational experience. The class settings and lab experiences allowed for open dialogue to address questions on anything that was not fully understood.

I am the coordinator of the High Energy Advanced Training program at St Cloud Orthopedics, which affords me the opportunity to work with young athletes ranging in ages from 12 through college age. The program is dedicated to athletic performance enhancement and I am responsible for creating and adjusting programs to suit the athletes’ needs. I also work with older adults who would like to improve their fitness levels to become healthier.

My education at St. Scholastica provided me with the confidence and ability to answer questions the athletes may have and to adapt to their specific needs. Without the classes, lab experiences and testing I experienced at St. Scholastica, I would not be able to be in the position I hold.

Photo of Kate JThe professors and intimate class sizes at the College of St. Scholastica helped me to excel through the program and become a successful Clinical Exercise Physiologist. The education and internship hours built directly into the master's program have led to my positions working as a Cardiac Rehab therapist for Fairview Hospitals and a Cardiac Exercise Physiologist in Stress Testing for North Memorial Hospitals.

As a Cardiac Rehab therapist, I enjoy teaching others about the process and effects of heart disease. I see patients post stent-placement, heart transplant and valve replacement and help them to understand the physiology behind their heart disease and how lifestyle improvements may keep them from having to see me again! I monitor them as they exercise, create exercise prescriptions and aid in the development of a home program specific to each patient that will allow them to live a longer, healthier life with known heart disease.

As a Cardiac EP in Stress Testing, I am responsible for assessing the appropriateness of a test based on a patient's history and physical as well as running the test to determine the likelihood of obstructive heart disease in each patient. To do this, I use graded exercise protocols and medications to stress the cardiovascular system and I am responsible for using 12-lead EKG, blood pressure response, heart rate response, oxygen saturation and the patient's symptoms to determine when and why to end the test.

Without the education I received from the MS program in Exercise Physiology at The College of St. Scholastica, I could not even dream of performing the tasks I do as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. My time at St. Scholastica has given me the ability to do what I enjoy and to use my education on a daily basis.

Photo of Jason KI graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. My education at CSS has led me to a Master's of Education in Applied Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in sport and exercise science. My undergraduate degree from CSS has helped be very successful in my pursuit of a master's degree. The University of Minnesota has just revitalized their human and sports performance laboratory. With the extensive laboratory experience I gained at CSS I have been able to make a significant contribution to this process. At a large research institution there is much less time for instruction on protocols and how to use the equipment so my previous knowledge has been very useful.

While going to school I founded Superior Performance by Kask. It is a small endurance coaching business that works with a variety of athletes. Through this I coach athletes in many endurance sports as well as run summer programs for Nordic skiers in college and high school. My undergraduate degree coupled with what I have learned recently in my graduate program allows me to help my clients reach their performance goals. With so many coaches relying on only their training experience to coach others having a physiology background has made it possible for me to a be a much more versatile and successful coach.

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