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SHAPE UP

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Hands-on experience with the SHAPE UP program

SHAPE UP Shaping Healthy Attitudes toward Personal Exercise) offers St. Scholastica community members an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a fitness advisor to help them meet their fitness goals. Graduate students from the Exercise Physiology program meet with individuals and develop personalized exercise plans tailored to meet each individual's personal fitness goals.

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Spring 2013


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.

Zachary C (M.S. 2011)

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.

Kate J (M.S. 2011)

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.

Jason K (B.S. 2009)

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.

Darren D (B.A. 2007, M.A. 2008)

photo of Darren DMy education at The College of St. Scholastica has led to great opportunity and growth working with medical devices. I am a Product Specialist for Exercise and Gas Exchange Testing at a company called Medical Graphics Corp. I work with some of the same devices that are used in the undergraduate and graduate labs by Exercise Physiology students at CSS!

The overall function of my position is to support those products that have helped build the company I work for, but also explore, design, implement, and test new product ideas specifically related to exercise testing at organizations like hospitals, clinics, universities, and health and fitness facilities.

The professors at CSS helped provide me with an education that turned me into a well-versed and credible Exercise Physiologist. I take great pride in helping our customers treat their patients/clients with our current equipment, while at the same time working hard to develop new ideas that will take exercise testing and the field of Exercise Physiology to the next level!

Jocee V (M.A. 2004)

Photo of Jocee VI am the Fitness Coordinator for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Center for Health and Fitness. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has been the No. 1 rehab hospital in the United States for the past 15 years. The Health and Fitness Center is a 4,000-square-foot facility specifically created for people with physical disabilities, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, amputees, stroke and blind individuals. Its purpose is to provide an arena for individuals to develop, maintain, and improve their physical well being. My duties at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago consist of managing the staff, interns, and fitness center, evaluating patients, designing exercise prescriptions, teaching educational sessions to staff, interns, patients, doctors, and therapists, teaching Arthritis and Parkinson's aerobic classes, developing at home exercise video's for persons with physical disabilities through the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD), being a lead investigator in two grant studies, along with several other miscellaneous duties.

My Master's in Exercise Physiology from St. Scholastica has allowed me to give my patients the best possible analysis, treatment delivery, rehabilitation, and professional guidance possible.

Chris B (M.A. 2003)

photo of Chris BI am a strength and conditioning coach in Duluth, Minn., and founded Impact Sports Training in 2006, a business dedicated to the performance enhancement of athletes. We work with local high school and college teams as well as with many other high school and collegiate athletes. Personal training is another element that has evolved into a key component of the business. Before coming back to Duluth, I served for two years as the director of Strength and Conditioning at PerformanceONE Athletic Development in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

In 2003, I was offered an internship and worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and trained athletes from both winter and summer sports. In addition to Olympic athletes, I've had the opportunity to train athletes from the NHL, NFL, NFL-Europe, and MLB, and serve as a lecturer and strength coach for USA Hockey.

I am certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and certified by USA Weightlifting as a Club Coach (USAW).

The M.A. in Exercise Physiology I earned from St. Scholastica has certainly helped in my career advancement. I realized, however, that I did not want to spend my career in a clinical setting, so I took my degree and went a different way. I got to know as many people as I could in the field of strength and conditioning, got as much experience as I could regardless of what the pay was, and made things happen. There were many times when I volunteered my time to develop relationship and gain a little experience. What it did was open a lot of doors for me. Not long after graduating I was offered a position as a director of a large facility. I was offered the job mostly because of who I knew. Networking is very important and can certainly create opportunities. One piece of advice for those about to graduate, don't expect people to start offering you jobs just because you have a degree. You need to work for it, and it might take a while. Just like a tool, a degree is worthless unless you use it.

Kevin R (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2005)

Photo of Kevin RI am an Exercise Science instructor at Winston-Salem State University, N.C. I teach several courses including functional anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, and a few others. I am also responsible for health promotion in regards to Phase III and IV cardiac rehabilitation as well as the application of physiological training principles to cardiac rehabilitation, adult fitness clients and athletes.

My EXP degree has helped me reach my goal of teaching exercise physiology in a collegiate setting by giving me a strong background in the exercise physiology field. It has given me the ability to extend my knowledge of the effects of exercise on the body to my students, whom I hope will use that knowledge to improve the uniqueness and need for the exercise physiologist profession.

Danita S (M.A. 2005)

Photo of Danita SSoon after completing my graduate degree, I was hired as a consultant for an occupational wellness company. My duties include group presentations and one-on-one interventions with high-risk employees relating to cardio-pulmonary disease, obesity and diabetes. My coverage area includes the Duluth area and central Minnesota, and may expand into the Twin Cities metro area in the near future. My credential as a registered dietitian enabled me to get this position, but my graduate degree increased my hourly contract rate by $10-15 per hour. Also, when it was discovered that my M.A. was in exercise physiology, I was asked to participate in planning exercise challenges. My career interests lean toward chronic disease, and since most of the high risk employees I work with are at least 35 years old, I'm able to work with the types of health issues which interest me most. These include chronic joint pain and neuropathy related to diabetes and obesity, and other limitations caused by cardiac and pulmonary disease.

Tim D (M.A. 2004)

Photo of Tim DI work for PRACS Institiute Ltd. It is the largest privately owned pharmaceutical research facility in North America. We do various types of studies for various pharmaceutical companies, and it is my responsibility to make sure these studies are completed correctly, successfully, and with high quality assurance. When completing my thesis at St. Scholastica, it was my responsibility to make sure all testing was done correctly as it was designed. In order for the findings to be deemed factual, it was imperative that every tiny detailed was observed. If not, then there can be no validation to the testing or findings. It is this learning and training that helped me understand the foundation with my current employment, and what makes me successful in all I do.

Jeremy G (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2005)

Photo of Jeremy GI am living in Highlands Ranch, Colo. I have started my own personal training business in which I train a variety of clients, from pro athletes to heart patients to youths. My clients have been (and will continue to be) impressed with my vast knowledge in the field of EXP I gained from my time at CSS. I am also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through NSCA.

I’ve developed a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit over the years and have started a couple of unique fitness-related businesses. With a couple of partners, I have been building Animal Fitness and Running Ads here in the Denver area as well as across the country. If you want to learn more check us out at www.runningads.net. I am always trying to come up with new ideas to work on. I feel confident that being in a state where fitness is the focus of many, I will find success in whatever I choose to do.

Liz W (M.A. 2003)

An M.A. in Exercise Physiology has provided me with a sound knowledge base for a career in electrophysiology. I work in the Electrophysiology Lab at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. I assist Electrophysiologists during pacemaker/ICD implantation, monitor electrograms for diagnostic data and operate the catheter stimulation system during electrophysiology studies and ablations. The EXP degree has allowed me to obtain a job that provides an opportunity for continuous learning and essentially improves the quality of life for patients with arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy.

Course descriptions

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Expand and Collapse EXP 6521 - Functional Anatomy

An advanced, regional, musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the study of functional relationships between musculature, nervous tissue, vascular, and skeletal components for the extremities and axial skeleton. Cadaver dissection laboratory experience is used to enhance understanding of three dimensional anatomical relationships for specific body regions.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6522 - Biochemistry, Nutrition & Exer

Principles of biochemistry and metabolic processes in relation to nutrition and exercise. Basic elements of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism and their role providing energy, building/repairing tissues and regulating metabolic processes during physical activity. Impact of nutrition on health, fitness and athletic performance. Regulation of cellular metabolism at the level of DNA replication through transcription to RNA and translation for protein synthesis. Effectiveness, ethical considerations, and the proposed biochemical/physiologic mechanisms of the most prevalent ergogenic aids used to enhance athletic performance.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6531 - Applied Exercise Physiology

The human body's adaptation to acute and chronic exercise, including hormonal responses, under standard and nonstandard environmental conditions. Physiological variables are contrasted based on age and gender. Laboratory sessions are used to collect data to physiologically profile the human response to selected stressors.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6532 - Muscle Testing and Function

Prepares students to successfully carry out various physical assessments across the population spectrum with a focus on test selection and administration, preparticipation screening and risk stratification, risk management, emergency response procedures, and evaluation/interpretation of test scores.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6535 - Cardiovascular Physiology

Normal functioning of the cardiovascular system especially the integrative aspects of cardiovascular control and regulation in humans; cardiovascular responses to physiological (e.g., orthostasis, exercise) and pathological (e.g., hypertension, cardiac failure) situations.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6536 - Clinical Exercise Physiology

Pathophysiology of common chronic diseases for which exercise has been shown to be a therapeutic benefit including diseases associated with the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, metabolic, neurological, and immune systems. Focus is on preparing students to work with clinical and special populations in medical and nonmedical settings.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6538 - Exercise Testing & Electrocard

Graded exercise testing using different test modes and protocols; preparticipation screening procedures; contraindications and termination criteria for exercise testing; emergency procedures and risk management; and use of metabolic analyzing systems for the identification of disease risk in addition to the assessment of cardiorespiratory function. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of resting and exercise electrocardiogram interpretation for the identification of arrhythmias and other heart-related abnormalities.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6542 - Strength Training, Condition,

Lays the foundation for the safe and appropriate prescription of exercise and physical activity necessary to enhance musculoskeletal strength, power and endurance as well as cardiovascular fitness and aerobic capacity.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6555 - Internship

A semester internship in an off-campus setting, including but not limited to cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, adult fitness and training, corporate fitness or a clinical research institution. While off-campus, the student is supervised by an exercise physiologist or a practicing clinician. All internship activities are monitored by the clinical coordinator in the Department of Exercise Physiology.

Expand and Collapse EXP 6888 - Thesis

The student writes and submits a research proposal to an advisor and/or the chair of the department of Exercise Physiology and the College's Institutional Review Board. If accepted, the first three chapters of the thesis (introduction, review of related literature, and methods) are written. The student collects, analyzes and interprets the data, then writes the final thesis chapters (e.g., results, discussion, and conclusions).